Partnerships & Collaboration
One of UpLift’s four strategies is Partnerships and Collaboration. UpLift is a school-community-university partnership aiming to bring together a wide network of stakeholders to ensure all resources are used efficiently to create the biggest impact. UpLift acts as a catalyst with the common goal of healthy conditions and healthy public policy for healthier generations in Nova Scotia.
Healthy Populations Institute
Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is a senate-approved research institute at Dalhousie University. HPI has a focus on capacity building and knowledge translation with a vision of healthy populations throughout the lifecourse and across generations. The UpLift office is housed under HPI, and provides many resources for day-to-day activities and needs.
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is a registered charity that was founded in 1979. DMRF’s sole purpose is to fund medical research at Dalhousie University Medical School in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Although systems-change initiatives are not a typical partnership for DMRF, they have been a proud and very valuable partner of UpLift. DMRF have been essential in UpLift’s fundraising efforts, and working as part of a transformational funding consortium, has leveraged $1.15 million in funding so far! DMRF has also supported the UpLift team in communications and marketing strategies, with online campaigns and expertise.
Nova Scotia Health Authority
The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to all citizens across Nova Scotia. The NSHA have been a proud partner of UpLift since 2016. Members from the NSHA have been committed to supporting the planning and evaluation of UpLift since they became involved, and have invested significant time and resources. In addition, the UpLift Youth Engagement Coordinators (15 positions across the province) will be NSHA embedded positions allowing seamless integration into existing Health Promoting Schools frameworks across Nova Scotia.
The QEII Foundation, based at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, is responsible for raising funds for new technologies, medical research, innovation and professional education. The QEII Foundation has played a huge role in the fundraising efforts over the past two years, as part of a transformational funding consortium. As a result, the consortium has already leveraged $1.15 million in funding so far, and will continue to do so until the full $5 million in private sector funds has been raised.
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) is the provincial government department responsible for all early childhood education programs as well as the school system. The DEECE has been a proud partner of UpLift since 2017. The DEECD has committed significant time and resources to UpLift through supporting the planning and evaluation processes. The Department of Education also brings expertise in existing programs in the Education system, as well as specific areas of need and readiness.
Department of Health and Wellness
The Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) is the provincial government department responsible for all community and individual health services. The DHW have been a proud partner of UpLift since 2017. The DHW has contributed significant human resources. The DHW brings expertise on the existing health related programs for children and youth, and how they can be streamlined with UpLift.
Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (DCCH) is the provincial department responsible for Nova Scotian heritage and quality of life in communities across the province. The DCCH has been a proud partner of UpLift since 2018. The DCCH brings valuable expertise on the unique aspects of communities across Nova Scotia, local partners to engage, existing programs, policies and areas of need.
Public Health Agency of Canada – Posted in May
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease has pledged to fund UpLift up to$5 million subject to securing the same amount in private sector contributions. PHAC has officially been an UpLift partner since 2019, however they have provided support for UpLift since 2015. In addition to funding, PHAC provides guidance and support for UpLift, and connects UpLift with community partners to ensure all aspects are efficient and streamlined with existing programs and policies.