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A ‘Little Bit’ About Us
Little Bit of Help (LBoH) is a volunteer program at the University of Alberta that provides undergraduate students with a unique exposure to clinical research.  Students volunteer their time to assist in the completion of research studies providing a low-cost framework for study investigators.

LBoH arose from a specific need to complete minimally or non-funded pilot projects and medical research studies. Undergraduate students are the largest group of learners on campus, however, there was no formal program for them to learn about and participate in medical research. Exposure to research early on in life is one of the biggest predictors of lifelong participation in research and allows the student to realize how important research is in the development of our society.  LBoH is the only program at the UofA that provides undergraduate students with training and exposure to clinical research. Additionally, it offers free-of-cost services to researchers, enabling them to initiate and move forward with their non-funded projects.

"The LBoH program has been a great opportunity for me to get an insider's view of clinical research and of what it's really like to work within the hospital setting. At every one of my shifts in the emergency department, I am inspired by how families who are going through such stressful times in their children's lives are willing to take the time to hear about the research we're doing at the U of A..."
-Sarah Aziz - Student Volunteer since February 2013

LBoH programs at other institutions resulted in improved faculty productivity and student outcomes. The annual faculty publication rate increased 10 fold over the first four years of the LBoH program at Stony Brook. Additionally, students at UPenn who participated in their LBoH program were 60% more likely to get into medical school, despite a lower GPA, compared to all other students.

In the two years that LBoH has been on the U of A campus, we have seen the volunteer population grow from under a dozen to over 60 active volunteers.  The majority of our volunteers aspire to become healthcare professionals and many have gone on to professional programs after volunteering with LBoH.  Also, the number of studies supported by LBoH has grown from two to over ten.  We endeavor to be a part of many more student and faculty successes!

We have already raised our $10 000 goal, which has been matched by the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (www.wchri.org).

We are continuing to raise funds above our goal!  Further donations will help fund the Little Bit of Help Scholarship Fund for outstanding LBoH student volunteers.  

How LBoH Works
The volunteer coordinator is the sole employee of LBoH and is therefore, exclusively responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, scheduling, providing initial training, and managing all volunteers in the program.  Other tasks such as marketing, fundraising, and administration are also handled by the volunteer coordinator.  Finally, she acts as the connection between volunteers and researchers, providing ongoing support for both sides.  All these services are offered free of charge to researchers, saving them not only hours of work, but also breaking the monetary barrier often present in research.  



Our Accomplishments
LBoH is a unique volunteer program in that it provides students with more hands-on and in-depth health care experience.  Many of the involved studies allow students to gain clinical experience by providing them with an environment to directly interact with participants, patients and health-professionals. The following is a summary of just some of the research studies using LBoH volunteers and the skills & experiences gained by the students.

WHEEZ-E: This study looked at the effects of azithromycin on preschool children presenting with wheeze, based on recovery time, length of time without symptoms, and the need for asthma relieving medication.  Volunteers gained experience using the medical database to scan for inclusion/exclusion criteria, recruiting participants by explaining the study to parents, working with doctors and nurses, and conducting questionnaires as part of the enrollment process.  

CHILD / SLEEP-E: The CHILD study looks at the longitudinal health of children over the first 5 years of their life based on the environment they develop in. SLEEP-E is a sub-study of CHILD, looking at the relationship between early childhood sleep and neurodevelopment.  Volunteers of this study gain experience collecting medical histories, reading and analyzing sleep studies, and understanding neurodevelopmental tests such as BAYLEY and NEPSY.



Safety Surveillance: In this study, we are interested  in which practices and policies contribute to the safest procedural sedation for children.  This is the ultimate clinical experience for volunteers; they are able to observe minor medical procedures while recording vitals, patient temperament, and physician input.

Language of Satisfaction: The purpose of this study is to determine the words children use to describe satisfaction. Volunteers gain valuable hands-on experience as the face of this study.  They are tasked with conducting interviews with children and recording the language they use to answer questions about their hospital experience.

PIAAF-Pharmacy: This study aims to determine the prevalence of atrial fibrillation in the geriatric community in an effort to reduce the number of strokes, disability, and dementia caused by a lack of therapy.  Volunteers are tasked with recruiting participants, administering a diabetes questionnaire, recording blood pressure and ECG measurements, and gathering medical history. This opportunity leaves students with ample experience in patient interaction.

"As the research coordinator of many studies, I do not have the time to schedule and manage the volunteers who make the studies possible.  Working with LBoH has been so beneficial, allowing me to focus on managing the studies while the volunteer coordinator gives me all the support I need with the volunteers."
-Nadia Dow - Research Coordinator in Pediatric Emergency Medicine



How Can YOU Help
Donate
Any amount is appreciated. Your support will ensure that more undergraduate students and health-care researchers can benefit from this volunteer program. All donations will receive a tax receipt from the University of Alberta.

Spread the word: If you would like to support LBoH in a non-monetary fashion, please Tweet, Facebook, and blog about our campaign.  We are a new group, so getting our name out will be paramount to our fundraising success!

For more information on the program and the participating studies, please visit www.lboh-ualberta.com

For more information about the Women and Children's Health Research Institute, please visit www.wchri.org.




Thank-you to everyone who made our campaign successful!

  Published on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at 08:16 PM (MST)
We've reached the finish line and we came out on top!

With the generous support of our donors, we have been able to reach our goal and then some!  Reaching $ 11 745 means that LBoH can continue to provide 'a little bit of help' for both students and researchers.

Of the money raised, $10 000 (plus the matched funds from the Women and Children's Health Research Institute - www.wchri.org) will fund a program coordinator who will run LBoH for another year.
The remaining $1 745 will be used to fund a new LBoH initiative - the Little Bit of Help student volunteer scholarship fund, which will be awarded to outstanding LBoH student volunteers each year!

If you know students or researchers who could benefit from this program, please direct them to lboh-ualberta.com

Thank-you to everyone who made this campaign successful!
You can stay updated on LBoH here: lboh-ualberta.com

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Formulate Hypothesis

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Every ‘Little Bit’ helps! Your donation will help us market our mission around campus!

Ethics Approval

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This is where it all starts to take shape! You are funding the training of one volunteer!

Recruit Participants

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You are helping our program grow! Your donation funds a day of recruiting students and research studies!

Data Collection

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You are helping us build our volunteer team! You are funding one volunteer for a full school term!

Data Analysis

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The longer they volunteer, the more a student learns! You are funding a volunteer for two full school terms!

Submit Paper

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You’re getting us closer to our goal! Your donation will fund the training of 20 volunteers!

Paper Published

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The ultimate accomplishment! You have funded three volunteers for a full calendar year with your donation!