I came across an article from the Health Council of Canada which announced the shortlist for the fourth annual Health Innovation Challenge. In September of 2012, a challenge was initiated and directed to university students to find innovative practices in Canadian health care, state why the innovations were working and how they could be applied to the rest of Canada. Over 100 students participated submitting 74 essays.
Entries came from students in many disciplines, including nursing, medicine, kinesiology, arts, engineering, indigenous studies, political science, and environmental science. The entry topics were just as diverse, including innovations in aboriginal health, emergency room wait times, rural health care, primary care, and chronic disease.
5 individuals and 5 groups have made the short list and the winners will be announced on April 2nd through the Health Innovation Portal.
Challenges like this are a wonderful opportunity and it gives university students a very unique chance to share their ideas and suggested changes for health care that can benefit all of Canada. This is certainly an important aspect of university, to take what one is learning in the classroom and transfer it to the health care stage and their future professions.
Victoria Brewster, MSW