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Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Exploring the health and social impacts of evictions among people who use drugs Co-lead researchers: Dr. Ryan McNeil, Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU; and Mr. Hugh Lampkin, President of Board of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

Over the past five years, people who use drugs (PWUD) living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) have increasingly experienced eviction due to urban redevelopment. A lack of understanding about the nature of evictions and how evictions shape health and social outcomes, such as drug-related risks (e.g., syringe-sharing), health access (e.g., HIV care) and drug scene engagement (e.g., drug dealing), remains a significant barrier to developing evidence-based housing policies and targeted public health interventions to address this issue. Building upon ongoing collaborations and community consultations, the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CFE), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and Pivot Legal Society have come together to propose this community-based participatory research (CBPR) study to examine evictions and how they influence health and social outcomes among PWUD in the DTES. This study will employ participatory methods, including peer-led qualitative interviews and innovative qualitative geographic information systems (GIS) data collection, to generate unique insights into the impacts of evictions, and will supplement these methods with legal analyses undertaken by Pivot Legal. In doing so, this study will generate public health and socio-legal evidence to inform the policy and programmatic response to evictions, while also equipping PWUD with legal advocacy tools to protect their rights. Research team: Ms. DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society; Dr. Will Small, SFU; Dr. Thomas Kerr, BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Dr. Lindsay Richardson, UBC

The Arthritis Society

Development and pilot testing of a culturally relevant and family-based self-management program for First Nations people with arthritis (Dr. Allen Lehman)

The project we propose will: 1) Develop a culturally-sensitive and family-based program for First Nations (FN) people and family members across BC to improve self-management of arthritis. 2) Evaluate the program in FN communities to find out if it improves social support from family, coping skills, and self-efficacy at managing arthritis symptoms after six months; and, 3) Improve the capacity for care and research by FN people for FN people.

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Exploring Access to Health Information in Surrey's South Asian Community (Co-Lead Researchers: Dr. Kendall Ho and Mr. Paul Bains)

The proposed project addresses the question: What support do members of Surreys South Asian (SA) community need in order to use eHealth tools to manage and prevent chronic diseases? In BC, the SA community has higher than average rates of chronic diseases[1]. CINS and the eHSO have worked with the SA community to reduce health disparities by supporting chronic disease management (CDM) and prevention. The interCultural Online Health Project (iCON), an eHSO community outreach program led by Drs. Ho and Cheema, has conducted research on patient engagement, information needs, and CDM in BCs SA communities since 2008. Information from community participants suggests that eHealth literacy is an area in need of development[2]. Health literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to use eHealth to its full potential. Technical proficiency, language ability, and media literacy are among the components of eHealth literacy[3]. iCONs research also indicates that the SA community views eHealth as a valuable opportunity to optimize CDM through online resources, apps, and other technologies. eHealth also has potential to promote uptake of clinical prevention services, such as screening programs. Partnering with an extensive community network, we will develop capacity and infrastructure within Surrey's SA community to generate a deeper understanding of factors affecting the use of eHealth. Findings will inform future initiatives to support eHealth-enabled CDM and prevention. Research Team: Drs. Victoria Lee, Helen Lauscher, Ms. Sunita Kapoor, Dr. Arun Garg, and Mr. Jay Bains

UBC - Department of Psychiatry

The Bipolar Youth Action Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC, and Ms. Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterized by extremes of mood. As onset typically occurs in young adulthood, youth with BD are a target group for early intervention and support. There is good evidence that 'self-management' strategies can positively impact health and quality of life in adults with BD. What is missing from a research perspective, however, is knowledge about effective wellness strategies for youth with BD (i.e., the focus of this application). Evidence collected 'on the ground' also indicates that this area is a community priority; this project was catalysed by the dissatisfaction voiced by youth with BD in BC themselves. In our 'Bipolar Youth Action Project', two organisations - a research group specialising in community-engaged BD research and a BD-specific community group on Vancouver Island - will unite to fill this knowledge gap. Youth with BD will be integral to every stage of the research. For example, two youth are members of the research team, and we have already performed a youth consultation on the project methods, established a nascent 'youth action group' and identified key community collaborators. These steps demonstrate both our commitment to authentic and sustainable community engagement and the passion of the youth themselves for this endeavour. Knowledge gained will inform the development of appropriate resources to support youth self-management, leading to enhanced capacity for self-care in this vulnerable community. Reaearch Team members: Dr. Joanna Cheek, Co-Investigator, Mr. Joseph Haverty, Youth Leader, Ms. Jessica Megan Williamson, Youth Leader, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Co-Investigator

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

We Want to be Healthy: A Community Engagement Strategy to Enhance Foreign-Born, Older Adult Health and Mobility (Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould)

SVNH has been serving the needs of older adults since 1977 and has developed a strong foundation of services, supports and community engagement activities. In an ongoing effort to serve older adults, SVNH is currently leading the Seniors Hub project. The goal of the Seniors Hub project (Hub) is to create a sustainable network of programs and services to support older adults at the neighbourhood level. Through consultations with SVNH staff, the South Vancouver Seniors' Advisory Council (SAC), local seniors centres/organizations in the SVNH catchment and older adults, priorities for the Hub include understanding the needs and reaching out to under-served foreign-born populations in South East Vancouver (e.g. Vietnamese, Filipino, and Tamil seniors). In response to these identified priorities, we are particularly interested in better understanding the health and mobility needs of the under-served foreign-born older adults living in the SVNH catchment. We know that there are important and significant associations between the design of neighbourhoods, where older adults live and their ability to move within their neighbourhood. The goal of this project will be to better understand the specific health and mobility needs of foreign-born older adults in the SVNH catchment.

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Mining Law Reform in British Columbia

While mining has been a key industry in BC, outdated regulations that are now below Canadian standards means that mining poses grave environmental and public health risks. Mine-affected communities and First Nations bear a disproportionate burden of this risk. This project aims to fix the root of mining challenges in BC by reforming old mining laws. In addition to raising public awareness about mining’s impact and the urgent need for law reform, it will deliver workshops to enhance public participation and highlight the need to take Indigenous rights into account. New mining regulation in BC will protect people and the environment, and decrease public liability for mining operations.

Vancity Community Foundation

CEDSAC: A Poverty Reduction Project Creating Systemic Change

CEDSAC is committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive local economy where all residents can prosper and live healthy and rewarding lives. In order to create the type of communities we seek, CEDSAC recognizes that all stakeholders need to collaborate to affect change. Policy makers, the business community, the social enterprise and non profit sector and residents need to collectively address community economic development issues in order to change the way neighbourhoods work. By facilitating this collaboration, CEDSAC harnesses the activities and investments of it's members to redefine the existing CED processes and meaningfully include community in policy development and implementation.

Enhancing Youth Transitions Policy Advocacy in BC

Anticipating the sunsetting of the Fostering Change Initiative (FCI) at VF, First Call (FC) is interested in helping sustain young leaders’ engagement in policy advocacy to fully achieve the system changes needed to support better transitions for youth aging out of care in BC. In our work on this, we’ve heard & observed that current policy advocacy for YI/FC happens in silos & primarily at the municipal level. By bridging the FCI network & a coalition of 101 orgs with a background in prov level policy advocacy, FC is well-positioned to further efforts for systemic change. Recent consultation with 25 orgs working w/ YI/FC, including young leaders, disability grps, immigrant services, Indigenous orgs, resid’l care providers, etc., told us: 1) Service agencies are looking for a place to hand off policy advocacy to & more ways to connect youth who want to do policy advocacy; 2) Existing YACs need support to come together, communicate, learn from each other. This project will build capacity for FC to work collaboratively with youth-serving orgs to engage & support YI/FC to participate & take leadership in the range of awareness & advocacy activities needed to inform policy-makers, build public support for greater transitions investments & monitor system change. The project will develop support for YI/FC interested in moving from self-advocacy to systemic advocacy thru training, networking w/ adult allies & other young leaders, mentoring, & opportunities to practice new skills

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Job Readiness Program

Pervading education and employment challenges faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians have been exasperated by government funding cuts and fragmentation towards DHH services over the last decade. By expanding the Job Readiness Program for DHH students at Vancouver Community College (the only of its kind in Canada offered at a post secondary), DHH students will have the opportunity to enrol into Red Seal trade certificate programs. The skilled training would open up new careers streams with higher earning and career development potential. Success in the program will address systemic under-education, under-employment and unemployment of thousands of Canadians with hearing loss.

West Coast LEAF Association

Strategic Litigation for Equality

Our project improves access to justice by identifying systemic issues and bringing forward test case litigation. By the end of the project, we will have identified 3-6 potential test cases and 10-15 interventions. Test case (strategic) litigation are cases that have the potential to create broad systemic change. Such cases may be brought by an individual whose rights have been infringed or by an organization who is acting in the public interest. Strategic litigation is always for the benefit of society rather than only for individuals involved. Test cases are vehicles for social and legal change: for example, strategic litigation led to the legalization of same sex marriage. High profile recent examples include Carter (death with dignity) and Bedford (prostitution laws challenge). Despite the significance of this tool for systemic change, West Coast LEAF is the only Canadian organization with the capacity and mandate to develop strategic litigation to ensure women’s equality under the law. Strategic litigation spurs policy reform, creates legal change, fuels public dialogue, and challenges mainstream assumptions about effective ways to support the most marginalized in society. Similarly, intervening in an ongoing case (that is, applying to the court to make submission in cases that may impact women’s equality) can be an effective and less resource intensive way to influence public opinion and bring voices of diverse and marginalized women into the corridors of power.