Network Updates

ONF Corporate Announcement – February 2021

February 24, 2021

With immense regret, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) is announcing the wind down of its operations by March 31, 2021. The Foundation’s funding renewal did not proceed as anticipated and ONF is now working with Ontario’s Ministry of Health on an orderly closure plan to ensure that as much as possible, the Foundation’s work is sustained for the benefit of the neurotrauma community.

The Foundation is proud of the advances it has achieved over its 23-year history in the quality of life for Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury and in the prevention of these injuries. ONF is grateful to the Government of Ontario for its collaboration and support as our sole funder since ONF’s inception.

The outcomes of ONF’s work, developed by our many talented researchers, will continue to inform neurotrauma care. This work is recognized nationally and internationally and sets the standards for serving our community. On fall prevention, ONF’s efforts have provided important collaborative platforms, tools and strategies to address this critical public health concern that is the leading cause of brain injury.

As the work of ONF winds down, we are confident that the Foundation’s stakeholders will forge ahead with the Ontario government’s continuing support. Our hope is that ONF’s legacy is safeguarded, its outcomes used and its work continued. In coming weeks, we will issue additional details of the Foundation’s wind down.

The Foundation has been privileged to have a unique relationship with our community partners and, through them, with the over 500,000 Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury. We also have been blessed by support from researchers, clinicians, related institutions and individuals from many walks of life who saw that ONF could make a difference.
 

Kent Bassett-Spiers
CEO

Request for Applications: Spinal Cord Injury Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium

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In partnership with the SCI Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium (SCI-IEQCC) Leadership Team, Praxis is pleased to make funding available to support participation in the SCI-IEQCC outside of Ontario.  The SCI-IEQCC is an Ontario-based quality improvement initiative aimed at implementing indicators and building capacity in implementation science to help optimize rehabilitation care.  Over the past year, Praxis has worked closely with the leadership of SCI-IEQCC as they implement indicators at five Ontario SCI Rehabilitation Centres.  

For more information or to submit an application please follow this link to PRAXIS website: https://praxisinstitute.org/sci-ieqcc-rfa/

Launch of SCI Consortium brings research community together to support access to equitable heath care

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Over the past two decades, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) has funded and actively supported a wide variety of activities focused on research as well as implementation to advance rehabilitative care for people living with spinal cord injury (SCI).

The newly-established SCI Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium (SCI IEQCC) is now drawing together everything learned and leaders involved in two of these initiatives, the SCI Knowledge Management Network (SCI KMN) and the SCI Rehabilitation Care High Performance Indicators (SCI-High) Project. This is to ensure implementation science principles guide improvements in health care and rehabilitation for people living with SCI in Ontario.

“The Consortium provides a provincial structure, processes and measures to improve practice across the province,” says Kent Bassett-Spiers, ONF CEO who prompted the Consortium formation. “ONF is dedicated to bringing knowledge into practice, at scale. In this case the goal is equitable access to health care based on recognized best practices.”

“Dr. Cathy Craven and Dr. Dalton Wolfe (co-leads of SCI IEQCC ) were previously involved in the development of  the Environmental Scan Atlas (E-Scan) in 2012 to gather information on the state of practice in SCI rehabilitation across Canada,” says Farnoosh Farahani, SCI IEQCC Evaluation Manager.