In December 2014, our research team was awarded a $750,000 four-year grant from the New Brunswick Children’s Foundation to implement NaviCare/SoinsNavi, which is the first navigation centre for children with complex health conditions and their families in NB. A year later, the team expanded to include a partnership with researchers from the University of Prince Edward Island University (thanks to an additional federal grant). After a needs assessment phase that explored the experiences of families across NB, NaviCare/SoinsNavi was launched as a pilot project in early January 2017.
The services offered are based on the results of the needs assessment phase conducted by the team in 2015-2016, which involved over 120 interviews with children and their families as well as with health, social, and educational stakeholders. The team also did multiple site visits with navigation programs across North America and conducted an environmental scan of services available for children with complex health conditions in NB and in PEI.
The evaluation of the centre is on-going and involves exploring the short and long-term impact of the centre. Results will be made available on this website. For information regarding the evaluation of the centre, please contact our Senior Research Associate, Dr. Alison Luke, at email@example.com.