Our People and Partners
The Fountain of Health includes collaborators on leadership, research projects and education.We have teams of people working together on a National Leadership Team, the Brain Health and Wellness project, a National Speakers Bureau, the Thrive MD Program and the World Aging and Brain Health Institute. These teams are composed of some of Canada’s leading academic physicians, researchers, and leaders of major national health organizations. Explore below.
The National Leadership Team promotes knowledge transfer and translation of Fountain of Health™ materials, to the public and to healthcare
providers across Canada. The National Team is responsible for building momentum of the Fountain of Health™ across Canada and internationally
and works in alignment with the Positive Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association.
The Fountain of Health™ National Speakers’ Bureau is a composed of leading academics and clinicians who are helping to build a national wellness movement in Canada. The virtual Bureau is able to reach interested audiences from coast to coast. Talks by our speakers are available for a wide range of audiences: professional groups, clinicians including physicians and allied healthcare providers, community organizations and the general public. Request a Speaker.
The Thrive MD Physician Wellness Program offers webinars and courses for physician wellbeing. Program content includes the accredited Thrive MD Foundation Program and the Thrive MD Enrichment Courses, a variety of accredited webinars across all THRIVE health domains. The program is based on the THRIVE © Approach to Wellbeing, a unique integration of key findings from research on wellbeing, brain neuroplasticity, resilience, preventative medicine, and behaviour change. The Thrive MD Courses are delivered by experts in the field.
The World Aging and Brain Health Institute (WABHI)* is dedicated to research and education promoting healthy aging with a particular focus on positive beliefs on aging & health behaviour change. WABHI was founded in 2016 in affiliation with the Positive Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association, the UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Baycrest Centre, the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. In June 2016, WABHI hosted the first International Think Tank on Optimal Aging in Halifax, Nova Scotia. WABHI members are prominent international leaders and researchers, whose research contributions provided the inspiration and academic substance behind the Fountain of Health™ Initiative for Optimal Aging.
The Brain Health & Wellness Project was funded in 2018-19 with a Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program (“RCP2”) grant from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). Led by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health, in collaboration with the Fountain of Health™ initiative, this quality assurance, feasibility project disseminated Health Behaviour Change Toolkit and The Wellness App to help Canadians improve health and wellness one small step at a time.
The Brain Health & Wellness Project offered interested clinicians across Canada the education and support needed to invite patients’ health behaviour change using Fountain of Health™ tools. In over 800 patients combined, results showed significantly improved patient well-being (85% paper users, 80% The Wellness App users) and high levels of patient goal attainment (89% paper users, 90% The Wellness App users). Clinicians who used the tools reported that they were easy to use, well-received by patients and effective in promoting health behaviour change. For more details of the project, see the infographic.