Brock University and Niagara Health launched a new partnership in March 2019 to improve the overall health and well-being in our region and beyond. It places a heightened focus on research that will help people stay healthy, improve both patient outcomes and the way health care is delivered, and create training and employment opportunities for Brock students and graduates.
As two of the largest organizations in the region, Brock and Niagara Health have committed to collaborating in new ways to intensify their already-robust efforts in research and applied learning. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enables the two organizations to bring their respective strengths together and build an even stronger working relationship.
It provides a framework for the two organizations to further impact the health and vitality of our region in a number of important ways – improved population health, enhanced health care delivery, stronger economic health of our communities, increased retention of Brock graduates in Niagara through stimulating employment opportunities, among many other benefits.
Examples of collaborations between Brock University and Niagara Health:
- Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP) has partnered with Niagara Health since 2013 on over 60 quality improvement and research opportunities.
- The Peds-TECH – Pediatric Telemedicine Connecting Hospitals project is a major collaboration across Brock, Niagara Health and McMasters Children’s Hospital which stemmed from an I-EQUIP project.
- Pain, Agitation and Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit: researchers from both organizations working to identify better ways to predict and manage a patient’s care when they experience pain, agitation and/or delirium.
- Goodman School of Business Data Analytics Centre is working with Niagara Health to analyze data related to length of stays, falls etc.
- Student opportunities: Learning placements and job shadows involving Brock students in nursing, therapeutic recreation and other health disciplines.
“We have for many years enjoyed a mutually beneficial working relationship with Niagara Health, and the spirit of this MOU further opens a door for Brock faculty, researchers and students to play an even bigger role in advancing health care and preventive health, as well as its delivery. The increased opportunities for experiential student placements represent a win-win for both the students and the institutions.”
Dean, Brock University Faculty of Applied Health Sciences