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Solutions for Kids In Pain (SKIP) is looking for patient partners (patients, caregivers, family, siblings, friends) who have lived experience with kids in pain

SKIP is a national knowledge mobilization network whose mission is to improve children’s pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration.

SKIP believes in meaningful inclusion and engagement of patient partners. “Patient partner” is an overarching term that includes individuals with lived experience with pain, including patients, caregivers, family, and friends.

SKIP is enrolling patient partners to match to our various network activities and opportunities. Compensation will be provided and disability requirements will be accommodated.

More info at:

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SKIP has made posts on all their social media platforms that can be shared (@KidsInPain); SKIP is happy to provide you with newsletter text/images as well if that would be helpful.

Join SKIP at The Shriners’ Hospital for Children in Montreal on Nov 14th to demonstrate ways to cope with pain for children, families, and other caregivers. Come join us! Free event.

SKIP in Montreal at Pain in Child Health (PICH) 2 Go Coping Circus Event Nov 14th from 9 am -12 pm. This is a FREE drop-in event with interactive boots suitable for children/families and those who supporting them.

The Coping Circus event targets children, families and clinicians and is designed to educate them on new ways for children to cope with pain. There will be booths that will provide a resource on pain and pain management with an interactive component as well as small giveaways. The event provides an opportunity for children, families and clinicians to ask questions, and to meet the people involved in developing the resources. In addition to this educational format, children will receive a passport, and earn stickers and rewards for visiting the various booths. We also have the help of our trainees – new researchers in paediatric pain – from around the globe attending and interacting with the attendees making it a lively and exciting event.

PICH2GO is a series of dynamic educational and networking events co-hosted by PICH and local children’s hospitals across Canada and internationally. Including world-renowned keynote speakers from across the world, and igniting the synergy of local expertise, PICH2GO strives to make the world a less painful place for kids through collaborative events that bring together patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and decision-makers.

JOB POSTING: Managing Director Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) in Halifax, NS

Applicants screens in real-time; position open until filled. Application information and job description is available at the following link.

Qualifications and Position Requirements
  • A minimum of Masters Level education (MBA, MHA, or MHSA) or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a management capacity at the organizational level
  • Is required to have a broad understanding of the health system and the various network partners activities and how they enhance the network approach
  • A thorough understanding of the goals and various funding commitments and projects of SKIP, the resources required to implement the work plan, and the ability to coordinate the various products/timelines among the various SKIP team members
  • A demonstrated passion for the promotion of child health
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Proven superior time and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Experience working with partners and/or other stakeholder groups/organizations, including patients and families
  • Bilingualism (English/French) preferred provides teens with information on different types of childhood cancer, and how to best manage treatment now and in the future

Taking Charge: Managing Cancer Online Program is a new online learning hub that provides youth with information on what to expect during cancer diagnosis and treatment. Youth and their families can also learn about some of the challenges they might face during treatment, and what to expect when treatment is complete.

Developed by a research team led by Dr. Jennifer Stinson at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the program is hosted on and is free for anyone to use!

JOB POSTING at the UofA with partner organization Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) – Knowledge Broker (bachelor’s or master’s degree in relevant discipline required; apply by June 20)

Dear Alberta Based SKIP Partners and Friends:

We have a full-time Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) Knowledge Broker position based at Stollery Children’s/University of Alberta, supervised by our amazing Edmonton-based SKIP Hub lead Dr. Samina Ali.  The posting ends June 20th.  Can you help us spread the word? This is a great employment opportunity for the right person!

A minimum of Bachelor’s Level education in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, health administration, communication, or equivalent); Master’s degree preferred

Complete position description can be found at:

The federal government has announced a $1.6-million/4yr grant for Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a new knowledge mobilization network to improve children’s pain management in Canada and around the world. Watch for resources and local launch events.

April 17, 2019, Halifax – The federal government has announced a $1.6-million grant, over four years, for Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a new knowledge mobilization network to improve children’s pain management in Canada and around the world.

SKIP will be based at Dalhousie University and will include more than 100 Canadian and international partners working together to put evidence-based solutions to child pain into practice.

SKIP will have four main hubs: the IWK Health Centre, SickKids (Toronto), Stollery (Edmonton), and Children’s Health Care Canada (Ottawa). Dr. Chambers and Doug Maynard (Children’s Healthcare Canada) are grant co-leads.

Twenty-two-year-old Halifax native, Katherine Dib, began experiencing chronic pain after a car accident. “As a 15 year-old high school student I didn’t understand why I had chronic pain or what options were out there. It was a long journey to get the treatment I needed. SKIP will help children and their families suffer less.” SKIP’s activities and outcomes will be guided by a diverse and experienced Board. “Solutions are known and available,” said SKIP Board Chair, Dr. Judith Hall. “We owe it to our children to put them into action. I am so honoured to be part of a network that will increase awareness and put the solutions into practice.”

An official SKIP launch will be held on Thursday, April 18th from 6-8pm at Volta in Halifax. Media are invited to attend.

  • Dr.Doug Maynard SKIP Knowledge User Co-Director Children’s Healthcare Canada
  • Dr. Christine Chambers, Dalhousie, Canada Research Chair in Children’s Pain

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • Alyse Hand
  • NATIONAL Public Relations
  • Phone: 902-225-5939
  • Email:

Connect with SKIP:

Webinar: Pain Community Research Priorities with Dr. Christine Chambers, 03-Oct-2018

This is your opportunity to contribute to the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) priorities for 2019-2022! Please join one of a series of Webinars being hosted by the Scientific Director of IMHA, Professor Karim Khan, and leaders of the IMHA research community. Here are the details for the webinar that will focus on priorities for Pain Research.

Pain Community Research Priorities with Dr. Christine Chambers
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at NOON Eastern Time
Mark the time in your calendar!

*Click here to enter the webinar on the day*


Agenda for the session:

12:00 PM – 12:05 PM Introduction to the webinar – Tanya Gallant, IMHA Assistant Director
12:05 PM – 12:15 PM IMHA priority setting process. Why are we having webinars and what can you do to influence IMHA priorities? – Prof. Karim Khan, IMHA Scientific Director
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Pain Research. What are the current priorities? What needs to be included? Dr. Christine Chambers
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM Open Forum – opportunity for those on the webinar to contribute via the webinar service and Twitter.
12:50 PM – 12:59 PM Close of the webinar and next steps

If you can’t make it live, we will make the recording available afterwards transcribed into English and French. Use this email address – – to send in your contributions until Friday, October 19, 2018.

For more on IMHA and its 2014-2018 priorities, see this link:

Webinars will be scheduled for each of our priority and research areas. If you’d like to be notified about our other webinars, please subscribe to our newsletter by emailing


Christine T. Chambers, PhD RPsych
Institute Advisory Board (IAB) Member, CIHR IMHA

Nous avons besoin de votre contribution. Ensemble nous pouvons faire une différence pour la douleur chez les enfants ! [French version of SKIP survey.]

Les membres de notre centre ont travaillé en étroite collaboration avec nos amis de l’Association canadienne des centres de santé pédiatriques (CAPHC) et plusieurs autres à travers le Canada et au-delà sur une proposition pour soutenir un nouveau réseau nommé « Solutions for Kids in Pain » (SKIP) qui signifie « Des solutions pour les enfants en douleur ».

Nous encourageons tous ceux qui ont un intérêt pour la gestion de la douleur chez les enfants de bien vouloir compléter ce sondage qui ne vous prendra que 5 minutes à remplir.


Nous utiliserons vos commentaires afin de développer un réseau qui améliorera la gestion de la douleur chez les enfants au Canada et ailleurs !

N’hésitez pas à partager cette publication dans vos réseaux également! Merci pour votre participation ! Vous pouvez également suivre nos progrès sur Twitter : @KidsinPain.





Please considering supporting the “Solutions for Kids in Pain” (SKIP) NCE-KM application by participating in and sharing this short research survey. Open to all of pediatrics – researchers, trainees, administrators, lay persons & health professionals. (Christine Chambers, IWK and Doug Maynard, CAPHC)

See below for more information

SURVEY LINK [short 12 question/<5 minutes; closes 31-Aug-2018]:

POTENTIAL SURVEY PARTICIPANTS: Any person with an interest in children’s pain including researchers, research trainees, health professionals, administrators, policy makers, advocates, advocacy groups, educators, patients, parents, and caregivers.

SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS IN PAIN (SKIP) need your input. Together we can make a difference for children in pain!

Members of our Centre have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) and many others across Canada and beyond on a proposal to support a new network called “Solutions for Kids in Pain” (SKIP).

Anyone with an interest in children’s pain management is asked to please take 5 minutes (maximum) to complete the following 12-question online survey.


We’ll use your feedback to develop a network that will improve the way children’s pain is managed in Canada and beyond!

We have prepared the following social media posts suitable for sharing. A social media image suitable for distribution is attached should you wish to make your own posts.

Please follow SKIP and our progress on Twitter at: @KidsInPain

#ItDoesntHaveToHurt #Teamwork

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Help #KidsCancerPain by posting the attached flyer, and by sharing via the provided social media links. It could be worth $250 for one of your families and help combat kids cancer pain

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We’d be so grateful if you could help us spread the word about our #KidsCancerPain post-campaign survey, which is only open for less than 2 more weeks (the last day is October 10th).  This is a critical component of the evaluation of our Canadian Cancer Society funded Knowledge to Action grant, and as of yesterday we have only had about 20 parents complete the survey, and we need 100.

If you know of a parent or caregiver of a child with cancer, who may have seen ANY of our #KidsCancerPain content over the past year….please have them complete our survey! They could win 1 of 3 VISA gift cards valued at $250 (CDN)!

The survey link is:

If you could please do any or all of the following:

  1. forwarding to applicable parents/caregivers
  2. Print and post the image/poster (below) where it will be seen by parents/caregivers.  Download the file KidsCancerPainImagewLink.
  3. Share this tweet:
  4. Share this Facebook post:
  5. Or create your own social media post using the survey link above and the attached image, along with our hashtag #KidsCancerPain


Thank you!

Christine, on behalf of the #KidsCancerPain team