Writing Portfolio






  • Not Your Grandmudder’s Knitting: A Yarnbomber Leaves Her Mark in Newfoundland. (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2020). [EDIT] magazine.
  • Quirpon Island: Abandoned, but Still Bursting with Life. (On newsstands now) March 2020. Downhome. (Cover story)


  • Fishing Lessons: Bringing the whole community back to the wharf, one child and one woman at a time. November 2019. Reader’s Digest. Now available online.

2018 (and previous)

  • Letters from Pop(Newfoundland and Labrador’s Poor Literacy Legacy). March 2018. Maisonneuve Magazine

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Verma JY, Amar C, Sibbald S, Rocker GM. Improving care for advanced COPD
through practice change: Experiences of participation in a Canadian spread
collaborative. Chron Respir Dis. 2018 Feb;15(1):5-18. doi: 10.1177/1479972317712720. Epub 2017 Jun 14. PubMed PMID: 28612657; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5802658.

Rocker G, Farquhar M, Verma J. New models of care for respiratory disease: A
thematic edition. Chron Respir Dis. 2018 Feb;15(1):3-4. doi:
10.1177/1479972316679682. Epub 2017 Oct 5. PubMed PMID: 28982256; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5802652.

Ly O, Sibbald SL, Verma JY, Rocker GM. Exploring role clarity in
interorganizational spread and scale-up initiatives: the ‘INSPIRED’ COPD
collaborative. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Sep 3;18(1):680. doi:
10.1186/s12913-018-3474-2. PubMed PMID: 30176870; PubMed Central PMCID:

Verma J, Drimer N. 2018. Introduction: Co-created, co-delivered, co-lived: Toward better health and care for inner-city populations (casebook). CFHI: Ottawa, ON. (p.3)

Rocker GM, Amar C, Laframboise WL, Burns J, Verma JY. Spreading improvements
for advanced COPD care through a Canadian Collaborative. Int J Chron Obstruct
Pulmon Dis. 2017 Jul 26;12:2157-2164. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S140043. eCollection PubMed PMID: 28794620; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5536231.

Verma J, O’Connor P, Hodge J, Abrams H, Bennett J, Sinha S. Healthcare for
the Aging Citizen and the Aging Citizen for Healthcare: Involving Patient
Advisors in Elder-Friendly Care Improvement. Healthc Q. 2017;20(1):14-17. PubMed
PMID: 28550693.

Rossiter M, Verma J, Denis JL, Samis S, Wedge R, Power C. Governing
Collaborative Healthcare Improvement: Lessons From an Atlantic Canadian Case. Int
J Health Policy Manag. 2017 May 16;6(12):691-694. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2017.60.
PubMed PMID: 29172375; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5726318.

Farmanova E, Kirvan C, Verma J, Mukerji G, Akunov N, Phillips K, Samis S.
Triple Aim in Canada: developing capacity to lead to better health, care and
cost. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Dec 1;28(6):830-837. doi:
10.1093/intqhc/mzw118. PubMed PMID: 28423164; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5892163.

Amar C, Verma J, King D, MacAusland D, Harper T, Vallis M. Self-Management
Support in Chronic Care: Practice Implementation Lessons for Healthcare Providers
from an Atlantic Collaborative. Healthc Q. 2016;18(4):49-54. PubMed PMID:

Verma JY, Denis JL, Samis S, Champagne F, O’Neil M. A Collaborative Approach
to a Chronic Care Problem. Healthc Pap. 2016;15 Spec No:19-38. PubMed PMID:

Sampalli T, Edwards L, Christian E, Kohler G, Bedford L, Demmons J, Verma J,
Gibson R, Carson SR. A Patient-Centred Redesign Framework to Support System-Level Process Changes for Multimorbidities and Chronic Conditions. Healthc Q.
2015;18(3):34-42. PubMed PMID: 26718252.

Verma JY, Amar C. Can a Healthcare “Lean Sweep” Deliver on What Matters to
Patients? Comment on “Improving Wait Times to Care for Individuals with
Multimorbidities and Complex Conditions Using Value Stream Mapping”. Int J Health
Policy Manag. 2015 Jul 28;4(11):783-5. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2015.140. PubMed PMID: 26673343; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4629708.

Rocker GM, Verma JY, Demmons J, Mittmann N. Number Needed To… $ave? Clin
Invest Med. 2015 Feb 6;38(1):E11-4. PubMed PMID: 25662619.

Rocker GM, Verma JY. ‘INSPIRED’ COPD Outreach Program™: doing the right
things right. Clin Invest Med. 2014 Oct 4;37(5):E311-9. PubMed PMID: 25282137.

Verma J, Petersen S, Samis S, Akunov N, Graham, J. Healthcare Priorities in Canada. Prepared to support the Canadian Harkness Fellowship Canadian Tour, hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement with The Commonwealth Fund. 2014. CFHI: Ottawa, ON.

Akunov N. & Verma J. Healthcare Primer (Series): How is healthcare regionalized across Canada?; How are hospitals financed across Canada?; and How is quality of care measured across Canada? 2014. Canadian Healthcare Network.

Marchildon GP, Verma JY, Roos N. Opinion editorials: the science and art of
combining evidence with opinion. Evid Based Med. 2013 Oct;18(5):161-4. doi:
10.1136/eb-2012-100996. Epub 2012 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 23143923; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3786663.

Sutherland K, Leatherman S, Law S, Verma J, Petersen S. Chartbook: shining a
light on the quality of healthcare in Canada: what can be learned to catalyze
improvements in healthcare quality? Healthc Pap. 2012;12(1):10-24. PubMed PMID:

Verma J, Petersen S, Sutherland K, Law S, & Leatherman S. (2012). The Authors Respond – Quality of Healthcare in Canada. Healthc Pap. 2012;12(1): 51-58. 

Leith E, Kirvan CK, Verma JY, Lewis K, Robertson S. Re-imagining healthcare:
the Northwest Territories transitions to an integrated chronic disease management
strategy. Healthc Q. 2012;15(1):19-21. PubMed PMID: 22354049.

Major J, Verma J, Samis S. Better with age: a regional roundtable series on
health systems planning for the aging population. Healthc Q. 2011;14(2):14-5.
PubMed PMID: 21841386.

Brosseau M, Verma J. Engaging patients to improve healthcare quality. Healthc
Q. 2011;14(3):16-8. PubMed PMID: 21841371.

Major J & Verma J. How can we provide better health care to older Canadians? 2011Long Term Care Magazine. 21(3). Ontario Long Term Care Association.

Brasset-Latulippe A, Verma J, Mulvale G. & Barclay K. Provincial and Territorial Health System Priorities: An Environmental Scan. 2011. CHSRF, Ottawa, ON.

Brasset-Latulippe A, Verma J, Mulvale G. & Barclay K. Transformation Lessons from Disease-based Strategies: An Environmental Scan Chronic disease: New frontier of healthcare. 2011. CHSRF, Ottawa, ON.

Major J & Verma J. Putting it in context: Canadians’ views on the financial sustainability, quality and accessibility of healthcare in Canada (A Backgrounder). 2011. CHSRF Ottawa, ON.

Verma J, Samis S. Canada’s population is aging. Healthc Pap. 2011;11(1):3-5.
PubMed PMID: 21464621.

McGrail K. & Verma J. Examining Geographic Variations in Healthcare Services Delivery. Briefing for the 2011 CEO Forum, Leadership accountability in Canadian healthcare: Creating the momentum to improve quality. 2011. CHSRF, Ottawa, ON.

Hollander M, Verma J & Major J. Improving Transitions Across the Continuum of Care. Briefing for the 2011 CEO Forum, Leadership accountability in canadian healthcare: Creating the momentum to improve quality. 2011. CHSRF, Ottawa, ON.

Elshaung A, Verma J & Petersen S. Improving allocation efficiencies in healthcare. Briefing for the 2011 CEO Forum, Leadership accountability in canadian healthcare: Creating the momentum to improve quality. 2011. CHSRF, Ottawa, ON.

Thornhill J. Charter on improving quality of patient care: can CEOs and boards
create the momentum Canada needs to realize performance gains? Healthc Q.
2010;13(3):12-4. PubMed PMID: 20523144

Coutts J, Thornhill J. Service-based funding and pay for performance: will
incentive payments give Canadian healthcare the quality boost it needs? Healthc
Q. 2009;12(3):42-9. PubMed PMID: 19553761.

Thornhill J, Judd M, Clements D. CHSRF knowledge transfer: (re)introducing the
self-assessment tool that is helping decision-makers assess their organization’s
capacity to use research. Healthc Q. 2009;12(1):22-4. PubMed PMID: 19142059.

Fletcher L, Thornhill J. Organizational value in enhancing individual
research use capacity: a joint evaluation project led by EXTRA and SEARCH Canada.
Healthc Q. 2009;12(2):18-20. PubMed PMID: 19369806.

Shortt M, Thornhill J. Health infostructure and the
cultural imperative. Healthc Q. 2009;12(4):16-8. PubMed PMID: 20057224.

Thornhill J, Clements D, Neeson J. Myths, “zombies” and “damned lies” plague
Canadian healthcare systems: what’s a researcher to do? Healthc Q.
2008;11(3):14-5. PubMed PMID: 18677833.

Thornhill J, Dault M. Healthy healthcare workplaces: improving the health and
work environments of professionals. Healthc Q. 2008;11(4):16-9. PubMed PMID:

Morrison E, Thornhill J, Sheps S. A Foot in Both Camps: Graduate Voices at the
Interface of Applied Health Services Research, Policy and Decision-making.
Healthc Policy. 2008 May;3 Spec no:118-30. PubMed PMID: 19377316; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2645184.

Rexe K, Vigneault S, Thornhill J. Public reporting: one piece of the quality
improvement puzzle. Healthc Q. 2008;11(1):18-9. PubMed PMID: 18326374.

Thornhill J, Dault M, Clements D. Ready, set… collaborate? The evidence says
“go,” so what’s slowing adoption of inter-professional collaboration in primary
healthcare? Healthc Q. 2008;11(2):14-6. PubMed PMID: 18700266.

Thornhill J, & Clements D. Mythbusters Teaching Resource. 2008. CHSRF: Ottawa, ON.

Thornhill J, Stipich N. Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA)
community of practice. Healthc Q. 2007;10(4):16-8. PubMed PMID: 18019893.

Thornhill J, Vigneault S, Clements D. Broadening the dialogue to include
quality. Healthc Q. 2007;10(2):20-1. PubMed PMID: 17491561.

Jenn Thornhill Verma was also the longest standing writer/editor for the popular CFHI Mythbusters series, debunking widely held beliefs about healthcare in Canada with best-available evidence (Jenn wrote/edited every issue from 2006-2013)