The IFIC Integrated Care Awards are selected based on quality of content, originality and quality of presentation. The awards are supported by the Foundation and are in recognition of the advancement of the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care policy and practice.
The winner of the Integrated Care Award for Best Paper was Alison Bunce from Compassionate Inverclyde in Scotland for Paper 351 “Compassionate, helpful, neighbourly – a connected community that cares”. Compassionate Inverclyde is a growing, dynamic, and self-organising social movement of compassionate citizens who care for each other: fundraisers, volunteers, befrienders, ‘no one dies alone’ companions, community cafes, schools, businesses and neighbourhoods. Compassionate Inverclyde has built community resilience through neighbourhood networks and relationships with people who care and can help, enabling and equipping compassionate citizens to offer support at times of crisis. People facing bereavement, loneliness, and survivorship access compassionate support that improves wellbeing, irrespective of age, condition or socio-economic background. You can download the presentation here.
The runner up prize for best paper went to Sarah Derrett from University of Otago in New Zealand for Paper 588 “Health systems and genuine engagement: experiences and outcomes of a New Zealand Community Health Council”. The Community Health Council was established to enhance community, whānau (Māori word for family), and patient experiences; improve service integration; promote equity and; ensure services are organized, and provided, to better address people’s needs. You can download her presentation here.
Winner of Best Poster (for the second time!) was Dr Jacobi Elliott, from the University of Waterloo in Canada for Paper ID 536 “Implementing a new model in primary care for older Canadians living with frailty”. This poster submission was upgraded to an Oral Paper at the conference. Jacobi presented her research on a national project funded by the Canadian Frailty Network, led by Dr. Paul Stolee from the University of Waterloo. You can download her presentation here.
Also read Jacobi’s blog on her experience of attending ICIC events and how it contributed to her education and research.
Congratulations to everyone!