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McMaster nursing professor receives national award for use of evidence in innovation

Gina Browne receives award from Maureen O’ Neil
McMaster nursing professor Gina Browne, left, received the 2013 Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) Excellence through Evidence Award from CFHI President Maureen O’ Neil on Feb. 6, 2013.

McMaster nursing professor Gina Browne, a leader in clinical practice, education and research, has received the 2013 Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) Excellence through Evidence award.

The annual award recognizes a health services leader who has successfully implemented evidence-informed innovations in care and service delivery. Browne received the honour Feb. 6 at the CFHI CEO Forum in Montreal, a one-day event for health care leaders from across Canada.

"The Trustees of CFHI join me in congratulating Dr. Browne on her most-deserving honour," said CFHI President Maureen O'Neil, in a news release. "Gina's distinguished career as an educator, scholar and mentor has boldly challenged conventional approaches to care by promoting evidence to drive innovation and quality in health service delivery."

Browne has a nearly 40-year track record of conducting research in chronic illness and service utilization at McMaster; in developing others in the conduct of that research; and in linking and coordinating a variety of clinical and research initiatives.

"This is an unexpected and wonderful affirmation of my work with my team and collaborating service providers. I receive this recognition on behalf of all of them," said Browne, who is also director of McMaster’s Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit. "I'm especially delighted to be able to apply the award's honorarium to the implementation phase of my current project involving children and youth enrolled and not enrolled in high school who learn in different ways compared to mainstream youth. This is the first step in a mental health promotion strategy and not a treatment approach. It uses a variety of arts studios – music, dance, computer, literary and visual arts, and others – to help youth find their passion and the spark that ignites their enthusiasm for learning, self-esteem and life skills."

Browne joined the School of Nursing in 1971. Since 1978 she has also been in clinical practice as a family therapist in primary care and has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by the most vulnerable populations.

"We are extremely proud of Gina and her dedication to improving the health and social outcomes of the most vulnerable people in our communities," said Catherine Tompkins, associate dean of Health Sciences and director of the nursing school. "This award is due to her remarkable ability to bring community groups, and partner health and social service agencies together to collaborate successfully on innovative approaches to providing proactive integrated care. Her work has had a deep impact at the local, provincial and national level."
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