Raising Awareness and Kickstarting Conversation
SKIP is increasing awareness and fostering a sense of urgency among the general public about children’s pain.
We’re hosting and participating in events and media activities and generating engagement and dialogue across our digital platforms.
In the spring of 2019, SKIP held four high-profile events in Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, and Edmonton to launch our network. Hundreds of participants across the country attended these live events. Virtually, SKIP reached over eight million views on livestreams and the social media event hashtag #ItDoesntHaveToHurt trended locally, nationally, and internationally.
SKIP hosted a “Day on the Hill” to connect SKIP with various parliamentarians, and the SKIP team was welcomed and acknowledged in Senate in a speech made by Senator Colin Deacon. The event concluded with a reception in Senate that provided informal opportunities to engage around the topic of pain in children.
In January 2020, Health Canada and the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) hosted the Atlantic Regional Workshop, a one-day knowledge exchange event with pain stakeholders from across Atlantic Canada to address the needs of Canadians with chronic pain. SKIP’s goal was to gain regional insights on best, promising, and emerging practices related to access to care, and to determine regional needs and existing gaps and barriers for successful development, implementation and evaluation of best practices.
November 3, 2020
SKIP partnered with the SickKids Pain Centre for Conquering the Hurt: Pain Care for All - Risk and Resilience, a Patients Included virtual conference with over 300 attendees from across the world and more than 30 highly-renowned speakers from North America including the SickKids President and CEO, Dr. Ronni Cohn. Four key emerging themes were addressed: equity, diversity and inclusion; pain in vulnerable populations; mental health and pain during COVID; and innovative strategies for predicting recovery and resilience.
January 29, 2020
In January 2020, SKIP collaborated with Federal (Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Health Canada) and Provincial (Research Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre) partners to bring the Best Brains Exchange (BBE) event to Nova Scotia. The event, titled “Towards a Provincial Pain Strategy for Nova Scotia”, brought together over 60 provincial stakeholders, including CEOs from provincial health authorities and Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health. Click here to learn more.
SKIP has a following of more approximately 5000 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Our hashtag #ItDoesntHavetoHurt has a reach of more than one million per month. Our newsletter, In the Loop, goes out to a subscriber list of over 2500 each month. Follow @kidsinpain to keep up with SKIP and to get access to new and exciting pediatric pain tools and resources, and click here to subscribe to In the Loop.
SKIP has partnered with The Conversation Canada to co-produce and disseminate pediatric pain-related articles. The Conversation Canada is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public.
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