Success stories from the Research Exchange Groups are as numerous and diverse as the groups themselves. The following are some highlights:
- A working group of the Research Exchange Group on Aging met for eight years to plan and develop the province’s first Aging Research Centre (ARC-NL) which opened at Memorial’s Grenfell Campus in 2018 to support community-engaged research on aging.
- At a meeting of the group on harm reduction, community workers connected with government officials and stared a collaboration to develop the provincial naloxone program to reduce harms from opioid overdose.
- Connections forged through the group on palliative care led to researchers from Memorial University engaging with four small communities where they will train volunteer navigators to provide support, education, and connection to community and health resources for isolated seniors living with chronic illness.
- Engagement among members of the Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLICE) group led to inviting Memorial University medical students to the Workin’ It Training Fair at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary where they gained insights on how employment impacts health, met community career and employment staff and learned about services available to inmates after release.
- The group on Rural, Northern, and Indigenous Health has connected people in small Labrador communities to research on topics that matter to them, including mental health services, ethical considerations for respectful community research, Indigenous scholarship on the experiences of two-spirited people, and participatory research on climate change at the Labrador Institute.