Awarded Grants

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Douglas College

Raising the Curtain (RTC) - Phase 2

What impacts do creative collaborations between arts, education and health care organizations have on individuals with the lived experience of dementia, their caregivers and the health care system as a whole? The health care system struggles to integrate projects that enlist individuals living with the experience of dementia as active contributors. A system that views people through a biomedical lens sees them only as a health issue to solve; a system that views people in their full humanity sees their capacity to participate in shaping the world around them. Individuals with the lived experience are demanding system change. This research will support organizations responding to this need.

Thompson Rivers University

Cultural Mapping the Opioid Crisis in Kamloops and Comox Valley, B.C.

The project serves as a community action partnership between researchers, social service agencies, government representatives and Knowledge Holders. It asks – How can cultural mapping as a participatory action research method applied to the opioid crisis help save lives, reduce harm, improve social and community cohesion and create systems change– beginning in the two small communities of Kamloops and Comox Valley, B.C.? The project harbors direct connections with, and commitments from, policy-making organizations, including the City of Kamloops and Vancouver Island Health Authority.

University of British Columbia

Uprooting Pharmacy: A Two-Eyed Seeing Path for Change

This project seeks to uproot colonial and systemic issues in pharmacy that have led to discriminatory practices experienced by Indigenous patients, by exploring the question: what are the culturally safe principles for integrating Indigenous and western worldviews in the decolonization and Indigenization of community pharmacy practice? This investigation is made meaningful by examining the perspectives of those most impacted: Indigenous patients, Indigenous care providers, and Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Outcomes of this research will be actionable to the benefit of partnering Indigenous organizations and will have transformative implications for pharmacy and Indigenous health.

Co-investigate robotic-assisted virtual care for older people with dementia

The project aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people with dementia in Long-Term Care (LTC) homes. The team takes a collaborative approach to co-investigate the implementation of a telepresence robot Double 3 in LTC to support social connection. We co-research with community stakeholders, emphasizing meaningful involvement of patient partners (people with dementia), family partners, decision-makers in Vancouver Coastal Health and representatives in Alzheimer Society throughout all phases of the research process. This research will make British Columbia a leader in robotic-assisted virtual care research, which can transform, modernize, and revitalize LTC in communities.

University of Victoria

“Our Trans Health Initiative”: A Community-Based Participatory Study of Transgender Population Health in British Columbia

What is the state of health for trans people across BC and is it improving? Elsewhere we know trans people have poorer mental health, worse health access, and experience greater discrimination. This is a public health and social justice issue. Our Gender Diverse Council of BC will oversee this community-based participatory research project, which has three ongoing phases: capacity building, community consultation, and data collection. Our team has extensive experience to ensure this research informs policy and programs to reduce health disparities for trans people. Half of our team are trans people and we are committed to supporting the next generation of trans researchers and leaders.

Vancity Community Foundation

Making Mothers Matter: Understanding the Role of Child Care on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Lone-Mothers in British Columbia

This study will advance knowledge from the lived experiences of low-income lone mothers on the impact of BC's new child care policies on their health and wellbeing. One of two lone, female headed families in British Columbia is in poverty. Lack of childcare prevents low-income lone-mothers from accessing the labor market, obtaining education and training, countering social isolation, and moving out of poverty. BC has committed $1 billion to reduce the cost of child care including the testing of a universal child care model. This PAR will influence systems change by building knowledge, community, and social action around the role of child care in low-income lone-mothers’ health and wellbeing.