For the past 13 years, CIMVHR has harnessed the national capacity for research in the areas of military, Veteran and family health. Our motto, "serving those who serve us," acts as a call to action and is our north star. We continually work with our interested parties to stay at the leading edge of research, and to address the needs of the researchers that we serve.
During 2022/2023, we saw a return to normalcy as the pandemic restrictions eased. That allowed CIMVHR to travel more, meet new people and solidify existing relationships. The War Amps Canada and Perley Health Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care (Perley Health) are the latest funder and research institute to join our network. Perley Health is a unique and innovative community that empowers Seniors and Veterans to live life to the fullest. Home to more than 600 Seniors and Veterans in long-term care and in independent apartments, Perley Health provides a growing number of clinical, therapeutic and recreational services to residents, tenants and people from across the region.
With the lifting of restrictions, we were able to hold our Annual Forum in person and found great success in the beautiful city of Halifax. There was a lot of excitement of being together, as CIMVHR brings together a very close and engaged community of researchers who have a shared purpose. We published a special issue on Preventive Medicine, Operational Readiness, and Combat Casualty Care for the Modern Military, as well as on The Many Faces of Diversity in Military Employment. Our Journal strives to inform researchers on military, Veterans and families on cutting edge and emerging challenges facing our populations.
CIMVHR welcomed many new staff to the team, including the new managing director, Major (Retd) Paul Hook and the new assistant scientific director, Dr. Nicholas Held. We know that they will be excellent additions to the organization. We also hired Dr. Susan Docherty-Skippen as our Knowledge Translation Expert, Elizabeth Cooper as our Communications Coordinator, and Dr. Maxime Valsamas as our Publications Coordinator for JMVFH.
On behalf of all the staff at CIMVHR, we thank our partners, interested parties, and others for their work to advance research on military members, Veterans, and their families.
David Pedlar, PhD
Stéphanie Bélanger, PhD, CD
Associate Scientific Director