AHPA members who have undertaken, within the past 5 years, a clinical project or related initiative with relevance to the field of rheumatology. Projects should be beyond the concept or proposal stage.  Applications must include early/initial or final results, in the form of process and/or outcome measure data, to show the impact of their initiative on the target group.

Clinicians can self-nominate or AHPA members and non-members can also nominate an AHPA member with that member’s permission. The award is intended for non-physician health professionals. This award is non-renewable and recipients may only receive the award once.

Governing Committee: 
Applications meeting the basic criteria will be reviewed by a committee with the following representatives: the AHPA President, a person living with arthritis and a rheumatologist. Grading criteria includes scientific merit, style, degree to which the initiative addresses an important need, and originality. 

The applicant should submit the following Application that requests project summary information, including the project title, key words, aim or purpose, target audience, overview of initiative or project, and any evaluation results. The project summary should be single spaced using 12-point font and 1-inch margins and be 250 words or less. You may use ONE diagram/flowchart/visual to support your application.   

Please submit your completed application form to: president@ahpa.ca 

Deadline for Applications:
Midnight (EST) on Friday, December 2nd, 2022

The applicants will be notified of the success of their application by Friday, December 23rd, 2022. The general announcement of the winner occurs when the award is given out at the AHPA Annual General Meeting.

The successful candidate will also be required to present their clinical innovation at the AHPA Clinical Innovation Workshop at one of the AHPA-sponsored workshops at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting the following year.

In order to assist in the dissemination of innovative ideas, all project titles and applicant’s names and email addresses will also be listed on the AHPA website. 



2022 Clinical Innovation Award Winner

Julie Herrington 

For her projected entitled: “ACPAC therapist virtual coaching of Young Adults as they transition into Adult Rheumatology Care; an adaptation of care due to the Covid-19 Pandemic."

Julie Herrington is an ACPAC trained physiotherapist working with the Pediatric and Young Adult Rheumatology teams at McMaster Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.  The team environment at this center has created opportunities for her to innovate and develop programs that support adolescents and young adults during their health care transition.  

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