On 12 June 2019, the Sant Cugat Campus of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya hosted the presentation of the 2nd edition of the Hestia Research Grants and the 2019 Hestia Awards. Both of the grants and the awards are promoted by the Hestia Chair in Integrated Health and Social Care, a joint initiative of UIC Barcelona Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Fundación Hestia.
The Hestia Research Grants were set up to support research projects led by professionals, teams and institutions dedicated to vulnerable people with high social and healthcare needs. The grants from this second edition were awarded to:
- Abelardo Montero, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, “The influence of confusional states on the functional and cognitive evolution of elderly people with hip fractures and the intervention of care transitions and a multidisciplinary prevention programme”.
- Alba Roca, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, and Estel Gelabert, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, “Mother-baby day hospital: Effectiveness of an intensive multidisciplinary intervention for women with perinatal mental health conditions”.
- Javier Jerez Roig, UVIC, “Incontinence at homes for the elderly in the region of Osona”;
- Jesús Campo, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, “The Orthogeriactive Project”.
The Hestia Chair also announced the winners of the 2019 Hestia Awards:
- Best conference communication: Patients with complex needs: Factors associated with functional loss. Eva Caselles Pujol, Hestia Balaguer
- Best masters’ thesis: An assessment of the strategy for integrated care in Navarra two years after its implementation. Cristina Ibarrola Guillén, Servicio Navarro de Salud-Osasunbidea.
- Runner-up for best paper: Training mental health improves well-being of participants with high self-stigma Francisco Eiroa Obertament and Universitat de Barcelona
- Best paper: Predictive capacity of prodromal symptoms in first-episode psychosis of recent onset. Ana Barajas Velez, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu.
The Hestia Chair promoted research in the field of health and social care and mental health.
The second edition of the grants and the 2019 Hestia Awards received a total of 77 applications. With these initiatives, as well as others, such as spaces for sharing of experiences, workshops, conferences, training actions, and published papers and doctoral theses, the Hestia Chair aims to support, recognise and disseminate the best research initiatives in the fields of health and social care and mental health.