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Student Spotlight: Meet the VitalSignsNB Team

Author: NB-IRDT Staff

Posted on Oct 12, 2021

Category: Media , Training , Health

NB-IRDT’s recent VitalSignsNB project on vaccination delivery in New Brunswick has sparked a great deal of public interest – leading to radio interviews, newspaper articles, and conference proceedings on the results.

VitalSignsNB is an important project at NB-IRDT, not only because of its timely and relevant focus but also because it allowed us to partner with the upcoming generation of NB researchers.

As part of NB-IRDT’s 2021 Pathways to Professions experiential research program, the VitalSignsNB research stream was comprised of a group of undergraduate students from the University of New Brunswick, under the leadership of Registered Pharmacist and NB-IRDT Researcher Dr. Chris Folkins.

Looking at the service cost of physician- versus pharmacist-administered vaccines, the VitalSignsNB team performed a cost-benefit analysis using NB-IRDT data and predicted that if pharmacist administration of pneumonia and tetanus vaccines was subsidized by the year 2023, NB could see a potential indirect cost savings of $1.5 million annually.

Read the full report and infographic to learn more about their research and their results.

 

Clark Brewster, Rebecca Foster, Adrienne Gulliver and Emily Thomson

The VitalSignsNB Student Team

Clark Brewster

Clark is going into his third year of a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. On this project he worked as a data analyst.

Rebecca Foster

Rebecca is a student at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, going into her fourth year of a Bachelor of Science program with a major in Chemistry, and she is expected to graduate in 2022. On this project she worked as a data analyst.

Adrienne Gulliver

Adrienne is a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, in the Master’s of Applied Health Services Research program, graduating with the class of 2022. On this project she worked as a researcher and communications coordinator.

Emily Thomson

Emily is going into her third year of a Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, with plans to graduate in 2023, and she is taking a double major in Biology and Psychology. On this project she worked as a data analyst.

Related Pages: VitalSignsNB: The Results Are In , Projected Outcomes of an Expanded Role for Pharmacy Professionals in the Provision of Publicly Funded Immunization Services in New Brunswick, A Better ‘Shot’ for Health Care in New Brunswick

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