Awarded Grants

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Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Resurfacing History: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant

Resurfacing History addresses the barriers that keep urban Indigenous families from practicing land based cultural practices in the city. The project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems and to build capacity for Indigenous people to be part of a mechanism that preserves culture, explores cultural knowledge and integrates actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for urban Indigenous people. Our vision is that we will strengthen connections & leverage partnerships to ensure Indigenous people lead land based work & that they will be called upon to provide the expertise to community organizations.

BCCDC Foundation for Public Health

Preventing syphilis among HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM)

Since 2010, there has been a 4-fold increase in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed in BC. gbMSM, specifically HIV-positive gbMSM, have carried the disproportionate burden of this epidemic. This is concerning as syphilis enhances the transmission of HIV, and people living with HIV are at higher risk of complications and more severe disease.Other bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also more prevalent in the gbMSM population, and similarly enhance HIV transmission. The environment for gbMSM has shifted significantly within the last two decades, with the advent of new drugs (from life-saving HIV medication to more recent HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) combined with changes in how gbMSM meet sexual partners. Additionally, gbMSM may be adapting their sexual behaviours to reduce their risk of HIV transmission, such as substituting oral sex for anal sex or choosing partners with the same HIV status, which have impacts on risk of STIs. Research has not kept pace with these changes, providing a need for a qualitative research study to understand the current landscape for gbMSM. As part of a larger project, researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) plan to test the efficacy of daily doxycycline to prevent new syphilis infections, and its safety and tolerability. While the biomedical aspect of the project is key, the team would focus on examining the further upstream determinants of health associated with syphilis infection in gbMSM.

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Cat Overpopulation Strategy

Cat Overpopulation Strategy

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

Young British Columbians face increasing economic pressures which contributes to growing poverty and economic inequality in our province. Youth Building a New Economy is a three-year project led by Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network that engages young people in addressing those issues, while also strengthening their economic independence. Through this economic justice leadership initiative, young people ages 15-25 from diverse Metro Vancouver communities will be trained, mentored and supported to work collaboratively with existing advocacy groups and other stakeholders to reduce poverty and build a better economic system.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Directions Safehouse Navigators

Youth-in-care, making up 40% of the homeless youth in Vancouver are a vulnerable population teetering between homelessness and stability. Under current BC legislation, there are few continuing supports available to assist youth when they turn 19 to safely transition to independence. Filling this gap will be the Navigator program, designed to support youth who have accessed our Safehouse and are transitioning to stability in adulthood. Safehouse is a voluntary residential program for at risk youth age 16 to 18 years, who need a safe place to stay for a short & critical time. About 50% of youth who access Safehouse are 18 yrs. The Navigator program will place a person in the lives of each youth whose guidance & support, similar to that of a parent, will help them achieve key transitional milestones such as housing, employment, education & life skills. This voluntary, youth centred service will be offered to all youth 18 years old and remain until one year after their 19th birthday or until the youth feels stable and self discharges.

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Life Success Program

The Life Success Program will create transitional housing and support to assist homeless youth aged 16-24 to acquire the skills needed to live independently. The goal is to support youth with employment, education, interpersonal relationships and community integration. The project will cover the North Shore from Deep Cove to Pemberton. The District of North Vancouver has donated two houses for this project and the Society has received a private donation for capital funding to renovate.

Hope in Shadows Inc.

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau audit series identifies and addresses personally held and institutionally deployed stigma against people who use drugs (PWUD), in workshop settings that centre storytelling. Because stigmas are socially accepted biases against certain populations and tend to be reaffirmed by the wider culture, they act as very effective obstructions to developing user-centered services for PWUD and prevent PWUD from accessing the services they need. Applying an organizational stigma audit to our existing offerings will deepen the impact of the workshops, lead to a much more compassionate and effective policy and increase accessibility to much needed services by PWUD.

Ready to Rent BC Association

Shift From Crisis to Prevention

Homelessness is a stuck issue that requires new approaches in order to solve it. Part of the solution is shifting away from existing in crisis towards prevention: 'Shift from Crisis to Prevention' will develop a prevention toolkit of effective practices that can be adapted to and compliment community-based efforts to address housing instability and homelessness. This collection of BC-specific actionable and scalable resources will be accompanied by a funding formula and will tap into already existing networks to change beliefs and provide upstream solutions. ‘Shift" is a collaborative approach to provide organizations and communities resources to prevent homelessness from occurring.

Rock Solid Foundation

WITS Programs - Creating Safe Environments Where Children Play and Learn

Peer victimization takes a tremendous toll on victims. Bullying is often rooted in the school environment. Scaling means reaching more children, ensuring programs are delivered effectively and improving accessibility in communities we serve. WPF will address systemic challenges impacting student wellbeing by: connecting people who are key figures in students’ worlds to foster healthy relationships; creating a common language to proactively address peer conflicts; and, enhancing protective factors including positive school climates, social emotional learning, social responsibility and prosocial leadership that can prevent behavioral, social and emotional problems.

School District #27 - Cariboo-Chilcotin

Bringing the World of Learning to Remote Learners-Connections Through Technology

In the Cariboo-Chilcotin, there are 202 students, predominantly of First Nations ancestry, in five remote schools. When they reach high school they must move to an urban centre, where they are isolated from their family and community. This can lead to high dropout rates, substance abuse and depression. This initiative brings expert teachers to secondary students in a daily virtual environment, and provides students with skills to excel in a highly technological society. It also expands service to Band Schools and remote adult students and builds capacity through staff training.

Society for Affordable Housing Education, Awareness and Development

Building Supports: Equitable access to housing services for immigrant and refugee women leaving violence (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Jill Atkey, Research Director, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Dr. Margaret Jackson, Director, FREDA Centre, SFU)

Through a joint program of research exploring the housing barriers for women leaving violence, BCNPHA and BCSTH understood that immigrant/refugee women have unique barriers to housing. We also know that immigrant/refugee women are under-represented in transition houses, but the reasons were unclear. Little research has explored the specific barriers to housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships. The need for further research was identified by these community-based organizations. This three-phase project aims to understand the barriers in accessing short- and long-term housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships, and to examine practices and policies that can facilitate the removal of barriers to safe, secure and affordable housing. This project will address the following research questions: (a) What are the experiences of immigrant and refugee women in attempting to secure housing that is safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate after leaving domestic violence? (b) What practices can be developed to improve transition house workers’ ability to support immigrant and refugee women to access longer-term safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate housing based on the knowledge generated from question (a)? (c) What provincial and federal policy solutions can be created to reduce or eliminate the barriers that exist for immigrant and refugee women in accessing long-term housing? Research Team members: Dr. Katherine Rossiter, Researcher, Ms. Laurie Parsons, Researcher, and Ms. Hannah Lee, Researcher.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Development of Humane Wildlife Control Accreditation Program

BC is known internationally for its diverse fauna, flora and landscapes; however, human activity can endanger wild animals and their habitat. Often to resolve human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife control is undertaken. This generally involves considerable animal suffering and can cause harmful environmental and non-target impacts. Although much research on control methods exists, this has yet to be translated into evidence-based codes of practice or standard operating procedures in Canada. As a result, there is no accepted set of methods that are regarded as “humane” for both lethal and non-lethal practices. The need for this type of credible standard has been expressed by the BC SPCA, the pest control industry, property owners and management companies, as well as by other Canadian and international animal welfare organizations. The beneficiaries of this project thus include the public, humane and conservation organizations, and the millions of wild animals subject to control practices every year in Canada. The UBC AWP is a leader in promoting welfare within conservation activities, recently hosting the 2015 Compassionate Conservation conference. In 2015, the UBC AWP also began development of evidence-based standards for humane wildlife control and is now seeking funding to test an innovative social enterprise opportunity. The project will continue a strong partnership with the BC SPCA, translating academic knowledge to operational standards and an accreditation program.

Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society

Restorative Aboriginal Child Welfare: Research, Practice & Approaches

Youth involved in the 3 youth engagement programs at VACFSS develop positive identity, concrete skills and cultural connections to support their transition out of care. This project will investigate how these programs are effective, determining how we can better utilize Inclusive Foster Care to extend the identified restorative practices to all youth in care at VACFSS. We will maximize the support from Vancouver Foundation by leveraging in-kind supports from a broad network of community partners. Year 1 will involve youth led research on how the Urban Butterflies, Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) programs contribute to setting up diverse Aboriginal youth for success in their transition out of care in concrete and measurable ways. This will involve supporting a group of youth selected from YAC and CRUW as co-researchers throughout the project. The 2nd year will involve a youth-led process of engaging youth in care, caregivers (foster parents), biological family, and community partners, to generate a series of evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice revision at VACFSS. Year 3 will then involve the same group of youth co-researchers in a process of implementing the recommendations alongside a youth-led process of monitoring and evaluation. This same year will also include a process of knowledge exchange, sharing our research, policy development, and outcomes with community partners and other interested stakeholders.

Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Primary Care Providers to be Instigators of Change in Hearing Health Care Practice

Untreated hearing loss affects health-related quality of life with links to social isolation, depression, and reduced financial security. For adults with concerns about their hearing, primary care providers (PCPs) are often a first point of contact for help-seeking, and yet for reasons that remain unclear, PCP referrals to hearing health care are inconsistently and infrequently practiced. We will use a community-based participatory action research approach to identify reasons for lack of referral and delineate strategies to empower BC PCPs to be key instigators for increased, timely uptake of hearing health care by individuals with hearing concerns.