Knowledge Exchange Think Tank 2009

Seniors’ Mental Health and Dementia: Accelerating Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
a Canadian Networking-the-Networks Initiative
March 29 – 30, Ottawa

Goals & Objectives | Sponsors & Partners | Program & Presentations | Outcomes & Next Steps

Goals & Objectives:

Approximately 80 experts and stakeholders in the fields of mental health, dementia, aging and knowledge transfer and exchange were invited to come together to help meet the specific goals and objectives of this Think Tank:

  • To identify local, provincial and national organizations involved in knowledge exchange in the area of seniors’ mental health and/or dementia and engage them in a partnership
  • To highlight the successful exchanges and raise the profile of seniors’ mental health and dementia
  • To understand how strategies in knowledge exchange from mental health and dementia sectors can be applied to all other sectors of seniors health
  • To create a Community of Practice for knowledge exchange in seniors’ mental health and dementia.
  • To use technology and creative communication systems to engage in collaborative initiatives across the country.
  • To increase the knowledge and power of stakeholders and advocates by streamlining the knowledge exchange processes in the field of seniors’ mental health and dementia

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Sponsors & Partners:

This invitational think tank was sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addictions and the Public Health Agency of Canada, Division of Aging and Seniors. It was coordinated through the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health in partnership with:

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Program & Presentations:

You can download the powerpoint presentations (where available) by clicking on the session title. A summary of small group activities/discussions can be found in the Key Messages, Ideas and Themes report.

Day #1: March 29, 2009 | Day #2: March 30, 2009

Day #1: March 29, 2009

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. WelcomeJohn Cox, Acting Director of the Division of Aging & Seniors, Public Health Agency of Canada
3:45 – 4:05 p.m. Opening RemarksDr. Kenneth Le Clair, Chair, Think Tank Steering Committee, Professor and Chair, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Queen’s University, Co-Chair, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Providence Care, Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
4:05 – 6:00 p.m. Keynote:
Using Knowledge to Influence Policy and Practice
Dr. Paula Goering, Head, Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit,
Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthAdditional resource: Understanding Networks: The Functions of Research Policy Networks by Enrique Mendizabal

Small group activity:
Participants discussed what contributes to the success of networks and communities of practice and what can be done together.

6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Buffet Dinner
7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Network Exchange with Think Tank Partner Organizations:


Day #2: March 30, 2009

8:45 – 9:00 a. m. Opening RemarksDr. Kenneth Le Clair, Chair, Think Tank Steering Committee
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Presentation:
Overview of Experiential Knowledge at a Glance: Knowledge Exchange Forum
Dr. Kerry Robinson, Manager of Knowledge Development and Exchange (KDE), Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada
Shaping the National Mental Health Knowledge Exchange Centre, and Informing the Issues and Options Paper
9:20 – 9:35 a.m. Presentation:
Mental Health Commission of Canada: National Mental Health Knowledge Exchange Centre: the role of MHCC Seniors Advisory Committee and today’s participants in shaping the National Mental Health Knowledge Exchange Center
Dr. Marie-France Tourigny-Rivard, Chair, Seniors’ Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada
9:35 – 10:20 a.m. Small group activity: Vision activities
Small groups discussed the following questions:1. What are the unique characteristics of doing knowledge translation and exchange in seniors’ mental health and dementia? What makes it special?2. When it comes to the KTE process in seniors’ mental health & dementia, what do we want to create for: seniors & their families; care providers; researchers; policy makers?

3. What ideas do you have about an activity, topic or focus that would be particularly relevant to the MHCC work on Knowledge Exchange? Is there anything that would help develop activities relevant to Seniors’ Mental Health Knowledge Exchange in the coming three years? How can two-way connections between your organization and the Seniors’ Advisory Committee be facilitated?

10:50 – 11:10 a.m. Small group activity: Voting
Workshop participants used audience response technology to provide input on a number of important questions. Click here for a summary of the voting results.
11:10 – 11:55 a.m. Small group activity: Ideas Café
Participants traveled to different stations responding to challenging questions that arose from the tacit survey conducted prior to the workshop.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Providing Direction to a National Dementia Knowledge Translation Network
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Presentation:
The Three Pillars of the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Transfer Network
Dr. Paul Stolee, Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies & Gerontology, University of WaterlooSmall group activity:
Workshop participants generated ideas to contribute to the three pillars of the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Transfer Network.
1:50 – 2:15 Break
Explore the Potential of a Community of Practice for Seniors’ Mental Health and Dementia
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Presentation:
The Road Ahead: Exploring the Development of a Community of Practice for KTE Leaders
Megan Harris, Knowledge Broker, Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange
Elizabeth Lusk, Knowledge Broker, Seniors Health Research Transfer Network
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Small group activity: What could a Community of Practice look like?
Participants provided input about the benefits, priorities and participants for a community of practice.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Evaluation and Closing Comments:Dr. Kenneth Le Clair, Chair, Think Tank Steering Committee

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Outcomes & Next Steps

Initial outcomes:
1. A knowledge bank has been developed to identify and assemble evidence – both tacit (experiential) and explicit.
Visit to review lists of books, guidelines, journal articles, websites, etc. that highlight strategies and processes that may help support knowledge diffusion, exchange, management, mobilization, transfer and translation.

2. Accomplishments to-date have been outlined in the progress report, The Road Ahead: Knowledge Bank Progress Report.

3. The key messages, ideas and themes from the Think Tank have been summarized in a brief report.

4. CDKTN Environmental Scan – List of Existing KTE Organizations has been developed to include: organizations for seniors’ mental health/dementia; knowledge exchange organizations/networks with a focus on seniors; and other knowledge exchange organizations and networks.

5. The outcomes of this Think Tank will be used to develop an issues and options paper to help the Seniors Advisory Committee provide guidance to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as they initiate the national Mental Health Knowledge Exchange Centre. The paper should be available in early June, 2009.

6. A final, full report summarizing the entire Think Tank and including an in-depth evaluation will be available soon.

Next steps:

Bookmark this site and visit us again for ongoing updates. For more information, contact Sherri or Kim at the CCSMH, 416-631-785-2500 ext. 6331

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Updated June 17, 2009