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- It is our great pleasure to share the very good news that CRISM Prairies and the national CRISM network are renewed for an additional six-years!
The Prairie Node team would like to thank each member of the network for providing ideas, feedback, and support during the renewal application process. We look forward to collaborating with new partners and enhancing existing relationships during this next phase. There are now five nodes in the network including: British Columbia (NPI Evan Wood), Prairies (NPI David Hodgins), Ontario (NPI Jürgen Rehm), Quebec (NPI Julie Bruneau), and Atlantic (NPI Sherry Stewart).
Congratulations to the CRISM Prairies network! We look forward to this important work ahead!
- You can read the official announcement in the Government of Canada news release.
- Meet the new Prairie Node leadership team.
- The Research Development Grant program is offering six $10,000 grants this year, with review taking place 4 times per year.
- The Research Development Grant program will reopen for applications on September 1 2022.
- View the first 33 projects funded under this program.
- We will be offering six $2,000 Knowledge Translation grants as well on a first-come first-served basis.
- We will continue the CRISM-AHS Advancement of Analytics in Substance Use program
- Be sure to visit our publications page where we host 100s of publications from Node members, available here.
- CRISM’s first clinical trial (OPTIMA) is complete and the first publication is available here.
- During the early stages of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, the national CRISM network brought experts from across the country together, developing six national guidance documents in just three months, to address the urgent needs of people who use substances, service providers, and decision makers.
- Nationally CRISM also undertook twelve Emerging Health Threat Implementation Science Program initiatives, with each node facilitating three initiatives according to regional strengths and expertise. While these projects will continue, bridging our transition into the next phase, one example of the resources produced to date from these efforts is the website Why SCS: Information about Supervised Consumption Services in Canada. Evidence briefs and accompanying infographics are available on the website in English, French, and Spanish.
- These are some of the many successes we’re building on for our work ahead as CRISM 2.0!
- CRISM will be updating the 2018 National Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guideline.
- Three new demonstration projects will be underway shortly and the overarching research theme for these projects is supporting people who use substances across a continuum of care.
- Project 1 will be led by David Hodgins, to address “Mapping Trajectories of Assisted and Unassisted Change in Substance Use”
- Project 2 will be led by Colleen Dell, to address the “Human connection to Dogs for Wellness From Substance Use Harms”
- Project 3 will be led by Elaine Hyshka, to address “Informal and Formal Support in Rural Settings”
Please view the Bulletin for more information.
What is CRISM?
CRISM is the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse.
Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), CRISM is a national network of researchers, service providers, policy makers and people with lived experience. CRISM ’s overall objective is to translate evidence-based interventions for substance misuse into clinical practice, community-based prevention, harm reduction, and health system changes. Our intent is to support the creation of more effective, personal, and adoptable intervention programs and services. The National CRISM website may be found at: www.crism.ca
What is the CRISM Prairie Node?
Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have excellent researchers investigating substance use/addiction interventions (including prevention, harm reduction and specialty-based addiction treatment) delivered in the clinic, the community, and in academic research settings. Each Province funds treatment and prevention of substance use/addiction and has developed strategic plans through their respective Ministries of Health and Regional Health Authorities. But to date, these assets have operated either in isolation, or as part of small provincial teams.
Become A Member
Interested researchers, service providers, and decision-makers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the North West Territories are invited to become members of the CRISM Prairie Node. Members will have access to CRISM resources and support, and we anticipate that Members will become more or less active in the Node depending on opportunities and interests. If you would like to become affiliated with the CRISM Prairie Node, please access the online survey link below. It takes no more than 10 minutes to complete the questions. The survey asks about you and your interests, and by completing it, you will help us tailor regional Node activities to your interests. The information we collect will be used for planning purposes, will be stored securely in a password-protected network, and will be used to develop a Node member database.
Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
- POSTPONED – Indigenous Opioid Epidemic Conference: A Time for Sharing; A Time for Healing
- NOW LIVE – CRISM has released a new website on Supervised Consumption Services in Canada. Find out more here!
- NEW PUBLICATIONS
- 4 new OPTIMA publications. Access them here!
- Changes in Work Status, Couple Adjustment, and Recovery Capital: Secondary Analysis of Data From a Congruence Couple Therapy Randomized Controlled Trial.
- Employment Stress and Couple Adjustment among Clients With Disorders of Gambling and Alcohol Use: Themes of Transfers in Congruence Couple Therapy
- Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Canadian Psychosocial Addiction Programs: A National Survey of Policy, Attitudes, and Practice.
- Impact of health system engagement on the health and well-being of people who use drugs: a realist review protocol.
- Drug checking services for people who use drugs: a systematic review
- “I’m not your reality show:” Perspectives of bereaved mothers’ engagement with the news media to advance drug policy reform.
- “It’s a Bit of a Double-Edged Sword”: Motivation and Personal Impact of Bereaved Mothers’ Advocacy for Drug Policy Reform.
- Forty-eight years of research on psychosocial interventions in the treatment of opioid use disorder: A scoping review.
- NEW REPORT – TRACE V: A qualitative research program about teen cannabis experience. Access the report here!
- NEW REPORT – Mother’s Stories of advocacy following their child’s substance passing (2017-2019). Access the report here!
- Many upcoming conferences have moved to a Virtual Platform…view upcoming conferences here
- CRISM Prairies has added a page on substance use guidelines to our website. We are delighted to host the NEW Management of Substance Use in Acute Care Settings in Alberta: Guidance Document
- CRISM member Dr. Ginette Poulin discusses cannabis edibles in this Global News Segment
- CRISM releases a report and infographic on experiences of PWLLE working on the front line. Access them here!
- New Training Opportunity: The BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship program is now accepting applications. Access the site here!
- Looking for information on Cannabis or Opioids? Check out our new pages and fact sheets
- The Addiction Foundation of Manitoba has released a new website about cannabis: Weeding out the Facts.ca
- Prairie Node has developed interactive dashboards for you to learn more about our membership
- Please refer to our new page: Publications by CRISM Prairie Node members
- NEW – Updated Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
- NEW – The first 4 OPTIMA publications
- The CRISM OPTIMA trial has finished. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this study a success!
- Click on the link to be taken to our Conferences/Meetings page
- RxFiles is a Canadian drug information resource that produces evidence-based booklets on a wide range of health issues, including substance use. Access RxFiles materials here.
- New Infographic – Updates from the Alberta Virtual Opioid Dependency Program
- A report on the impact of Supervised Consumption Services in Alberta has been released by the Alberta Community Council on HIV. Read it here
- More information about SCS is available on the AMSISE information page
- Alberta Addiction and Mental Health Research Hub. For more information click here
- AHS Announces Practice Standards for Addiction Counselors
- AHS Learning Events:
- AHS Learning Opportunity – ODT Virtual Health Learning Session Poster 2019-2020
- CCSA: Summary of Provincial and Territorial Cannabis Regulations
- Tune in to the latest SayKnow.Org podcast featuring Kris Nyrop from Seattle, USA who is the Director of Harm Reduction Practices and plays a key role in the L.E.A.D project (a hugely successful “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion” program)
- NEW – Video Series – #SeeTheLives
- Crackdown – a new podcast series about the drug war
- Check Out The Powerful Documentary Painkiller