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Solutions for Kids In Pain (SKIP) newsletter available now in both English and French

Read the first e-newsletter “In the Loop” for Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) that went live today – available in both English and French.

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.

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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

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:

Learn about Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) in this 2 minute YouTube video | Suitable for staff meetings, before rounds/seminars, in waiting rooms, or on your website

If you make a post on your social media platforms, be sure to tag SKIP (@kidsinpain) and use the SKIP hashtag #ItDoesntHaveToHurt, they’ll share it and acknowledge our partnership with you!

TORONTO: Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) April 23rd| Panel discussion | Click to respond

Toronto: 6:30-7:30 pm EDT Tues April 23rd hosted by Ontario Brain Institute at Isabel Bader Theatre (max capacity 478)

“Pain in Children: What we don’t know can hurt them” (Andre Picard, Christine Chambers, Darcy Fehlings, + Julian/Donna Cappelli – patient partner/parent (focus is pain in children with disabilities).

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For those not in Toronto, OBI will livestream on their Facebook page and we will live tweet as well using #TalkBrain and #ItDoesntHaveToHurt

Pain in children is misunderstood, under-diagnosed, and under-treated. This is even a bigger issue in children with disabilities. Our understanding of the negative impact pain can have on the developing brain has evolved, but there is a lack of change in pain management practices. Join us to discuss the many misconceptions around children’s pain, the latest research in pain management, and hear from patients and caregivers coping with pain every day.

HALIFAX: Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) April 18th | Panel discussion and reception | Click to respond

Halifax: 6-8 pm ADT Thurs April 18th at Volta Effect (Canada’s East Coast Innovation Hub), “Injecting Innovation Into Health Care” – panel discussion (David Anderson, Christine Chambers, Erica Ehm, Emily Gruenwoldt, Rob MacCormick – patient partner) and networking reception (max capacity 140).

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For those not in Halifax we will livestream on Facebook and live tweet it as well using #ItDoesntHaveToHurtl:

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:

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