The Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research (MTP) is a collaborative training centre in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. The program supports qualified graduate students pursuing health services research training with a financial stipend, and helps them to understand the intricate relationship between evidence production and health care reform through stakeholder seminar discussions and hands-on training opportunities. Our overall objective is to help lead the development of a learning health system in Manitoba, characterized by strong researcher-stakeholder partnerships that collectively have the skill to create evidence-based, meaningful, and sustainable reform strategies.
The Manitoba Training Program for Health Services is a nationally recognized training program for instructing graduate students in how evidence-based research can and should be used in policy formation and decision-making, particularly in the local health-care environment in Manitoba, Canada.
- Partner health services research and academic stakeholders with decision-makers to provide innovative, evidence-based, sustainable programs and services.
- Improve quality and breadth of health services research and the healthcare services being provided, including ensuring equity of service and working to reduce health gaps.
- Find solutions to build sustainability of health services and to appropriately allocate available resources with the continuum of healthcare services, both with respect to finances and infrastructure.
- Identify appropriate metrics of success for the development and evaluation of healthcare policies and programs.
- Align with and support the mission, values, and priorities of MHSAL, Community Health Sciences, and the University of Manitoba.
Our Program Goals are to:
1. Attract highly qualified graduate students into the area of applied health services research that is pertinent to Manitobans, by providing these future professionals with provincial and nationally competitive financial stipends;
2. Provide a broad range of graduate students with applied health services research training, so that they are ultimately better equipped to develop meaningful evidence that can be used to more effectively guide priority health care reform initiatives in Manitoba;
3. Strengthen the collaborative relationship between students and decision makers through various activities so that: a) students better understand the types of evidence required by decision makers to effectively guide healthcare reform, and b) decision makers further see the value of using evidence both when planning for and evaluating the success of reform strategies; and,
4. Foster meaningful interactions between diverse graduate students with an interest in applied health services research, enabling them to understand the value of different methodological designs and approaches.
By actively pursuing these goals, our vision is to become a nationally recognized and emulated applied health services training program, that instructs graduate students how to bridge the gap between research evidence and practice successfully. In alignment with the mission, values, and priorities of Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living (MHSAL, our program funder) , the University of Manitoba , and Community Health Sciences , our program values include:
- Developing meaningful partnerships between students and healthcare stakeholders that can effectively collaborate to understand better the types of innovations required and the value of evidence in helping to guide and evaluate, healthcare reform strategies.
- Building knowledge about (the various kinds of) value for expenditures, as a framework for evaluating healthcare reform initiatives.
- Broadening awareness about the need to balance research rigor with local and contextualized knowledge as part of the healthcare reform process.