Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research News

NLCAHR launches 2014 Awards

St. John’s, NL- June 9, 2014:  The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Awards Program, being launched today, will provide a total of $103,500 to support applied health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.  
The NLCAHR Awards fund researchers and graduate students for work on research projects with direct relevance to one or more of NLCAHR’s priority themes.

The following priority research themes will be the focus of this year’s awards program:


  • The challenges of population health and health services in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Health promotion and wellness;
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial health system.



A Newfoundland & Labrador study has recently found that a model of care that promotes purposeful activities and social interactions may have a positive impact on overall function of individuals with mild to moderate dementia. The Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, Perspectives, published a feature article in its April 2014 issue on the impact of relocation from home or institution to assisted living on adults with mild to moderate dementia.  The article features results of a quantitative study of the impacts of relocation to a new model of care known as the Protective Community Residences, implemented in Western Health in 2008, and was written by Newfoundland and Labrador researchers Kelli O’Brien (Western Health), Judith Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), Darlene Welsh, (Western Health), Carla Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), and Leslie Cake Memorial University (Grenfell Campus).

Healthy Aging Awards

Five researchers investigating issues of relevance to our aging population have been awarded funding under the Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP). The program, funded by the province’s Department of Health and Community Services, is administered by NLCAHR to support local research aligned with the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework.