Awarded Grants

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Arthritis Research Canada (ARC)

"It IS About Us". a reference manual for patients participating in health research.

Patient engagement in research occurs when patients meaningfully collaborate in the research process, taking an active role from the start in advising on a research project, project design or carrying out the research. This is important as it contributes greatly to research relevancy, credibility and accountability - issues important to patients. We propose to develop a comprehensive, user friendly manual “It IS About Us" based on over a decade of experience of ARC's Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB). The Board is a diverse group of arthritis patients who have ample expertise with all aspects of arthritis research. In leveraging the knowledge and experience of their involvement in the research process, the manual will support growth and sustainability of infrastructure that will optimize patient engagement in health research. ARC has a strong history of involving patients and is believed to be one of the few research centres in the world that maintains a Patient Advisory Board to promote consumer involvement in research and knowledge translation activities. We will conduct a comprehensive and inclusive study to include all aspects of the patient concerns from their point of view to build capacity for consumer participation in research decision-making and knowledge translation activities through training and provision of ongoing education to new consumer collaborations. Currently, no standard published protocols written by patients for patients are available.

Atira Women's Resource Society

Antiretroviral Therapy and Women: Assessing Barriers to Adherence (Ms. Janice Abbott/Dr. Cari Miller)

The project idea originated when it was observed that women living with HIV accessing emergency shelter services had gaps in antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment adherence. Adherence is essential to the maintenance of health among HIV-positive people and decreased risk of transmission to sexual and drug use partners. In BC, HIV-positive women exhibit significantly lower adherence to ART than men even when known confounders, such as injection drug use, are controlled for. This study would qualitatively explore suboptimal adherence to ART among women by using community-based participatory research involving focus groups, open-ended interviews, and innovative methods such as digital storytelling. This funding will be used to hire a peer research assistant who will be integral to the project, assisting with the development of topic guides, conducting the research with women, analyzing the data and disseminating the new knowledge. Knowledge gained will identify women’s barriers to adherence and be used to develop women-specific services to support individual and community-wide health. Research Team: Cathy Puskas, Phd Student; Elysia Bourne, Atira

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's Women's Hospital and Health Centre Foundation

Changing Perceptions: Reimagining Sexual Assault to Better Support Survivors

In BC (2014) there were ~70,000 self-reported incidents of sexual assault (SA). In contrast only 2,341 SA were reported to police in the same year. Victim-blaming contributes to a culture where SA survivors’ credibility is undermined, evidenced by a reluctance to disclose or report to authorities. Low conviction rates and well-publicized SA case rulings reinforce public perceptions that minimize the severity of SA. Systemic re-victimization compounds survivors’ trauma and creates barriers that reduce willingness to disclose and access support services. Never has public awareness about SA in Canada been so high, creating an opportunity for changes in both public attitude and policy. The social innovation this research project will explore is how to stimulate a shift in the public discourse around SA toward less victim-blaming and more trauma-informed responses across multiple systems (health, justice and education). BCW and EVA BC will work with survivors, community-based organizations, and SA response systems, to investigate how power holders influence public perceptions of SA and how public perceptions of SA influence survivors’ willingness to disclose and access support. Knowledge generated from this project will facilitate safer environments for survivors to disclose and access support services and improve trauma-informed responses to SA across multiple sectors in BC.

Why Midwifery Care? Women exploring access to high quality maternity care (Dr. Saraswathi Vedam/Ms. Ganga Jolicoeur)

In 2012 the BC government allocated funds to expand admissions to UBC Midwifery and to build sustainable rural midwifery services. These policy changes were driven by maternity care provider shortages, and supported by the documented efficacy, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness of midwifery care. However, utilization of midwives is not equally distributed across the BC population. It appears that patient experience, public awareness, and regional availability are all factors that may affect demand and access to midwifery care. Research Team: Ruth E. Martin-Misener, Family Physician/UBC; Catriona Hippman, UBC/BC Women's Hospital; Kathrin Stoll, UBC; Laura Schummers, Research Consultant; Nora Timmerman, UBC; Kelly Murphy, UBC; Dana Thordarson, Psychology The objectives for this project emerged from two community consultations. Some midwifery patients reported enthusiasm for shared decision-making; others felt stigmatized when their choices were perceived to be in conflict with the community standard of care. As a result interest in midwifery care may be modulated by family and professional attitudes. Community midwives and rural women described populations that could benefit from but were currently underserved by midwives, and suspected that multiple barriers to access exist for vulnerable women. Hence, our multi-stakeholder team (patients, community service leaders and researchers) proposes that the overarching goal of our study is to identify factors that affect women's access to the full spectrum of maternity care options. Findings will inform a knowledge translation plan aimed at improving access to high quality maternity services, particularly among underserved and vulnerable women.

Exploring Marginalized Women's Physical Activity and Inactivity in BC - Development Phase

BC Women’s is requesting seed funding to support, in partnership with Promotion Plus (PPlus), BCCEWH's development of a community-based research (CBR) and knowledge exchange project on the social determinants of physical activity and inactivity for marginalized women in BC. The need for this project developed from previous research, knowledge syntheses, interventions, and policy dialogues conducted by BCCEWH and PPlus, all of which identified the need for community-engaged explorations of how to improve marginalized women’s opportunities for physical activity and health promotion. This pilot project focuses on a series of community consultation processes to inform the development of a more comprehensive proposal. During this development stage, our goals are to: 1) establish a Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC), 2) identify three diverse communities as sites for Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects, and 3) formulate a Community of Practice (CoP) inclusive of diverse women, service providers, policy-makers, and researchers interested in ongoing province-wide knowledge development, mutual learning, and action. These activities will provide the necessary groundwork and relationship building with community-based stakeholders across BC to inform the submission of a full research proposal and undertake a more robust community-based participatory research project.

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Addressing Inequities at the Intersection of Health and Climate Change (Co-lead researchers: Marc Lee, CCPA; Tim Takaro, SFU

This proposal is for a $10,000 development grant to explore how health, equity and climate change can be addressed in an integrated way that benefits vulnerable populations and communities. Since 2009, CCPA has been leading, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, a major academic-community research and engagement collaboration called the Climate Justice Project: Paths to an Equitable and Sustainable BC Economy (CJP). This proposed research project emerged out of a growing interest from multiple CJP partners to explore the potential for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies to also address determinants of health and health inequities. While a lot of research recognizes healthy environments and a healthy climate are important determinants of health, a more fulsome look at how climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies impact health inequities is needed. We are proposing to use this development grant to accomplish three broad goals: i) conduct preliminary research and review of existing, BC-specific, policy links between climate justice and health; ii) build capacities for collaboration and connectedness within and across diverse communities and sectors such as social justice, health, environmental and academic sectors and (iii) define specific research questions to be explored further in a collaborative community based research project. Reserach Team Member: Kerri Klien, Provincial Facilitator

Centre for Community Based Research

Social Media Based Knowledge Hub: Facilitating Access to Knowledge

Building on the momentum of CU Expo 2008, held in Victoria, BC, CU Expo 2011 aims to highlight the use of creative methods of research to meet community needs and produce results that are important and useful to community members, academics, and policy makers. The conference, running from May 10-14, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, is expected to bring together 800 people from six continents. Many of the people who were present in Victoria in 2008 are expected to attend. However many more people in British Columbia and around the world are passionate about the power of community-based research to effect change, yet are unable to attend the conference in person. This project seeks to extend and enrich the conference experience both for those who attend the conference and for those who are unable to attend in person by using readily accessible social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and web conferencing technology to create a Knowledge Hub. The Hub provides a participatory, interactive and inclusive way to share and discuss knowledge presented at CU Expo 2011.

City of Richmond

Cultivating Wellness Connections in Richmond

Origin- In 2008 with seed funding from the Union of BC Municipalities, Minoru Seniors Society (MSS) together with City of Richmond Senior Services (CORSS) and key community stakeholders, undertook an innovative pilot program to promote social participation and inclusion among vulnerable and isolated older adults. Adapted from leisure education and participation framework Wellness Connections (WC) received a BCRPA Provincial Award of Program Excellence, and was sustained through Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) funding. Need- WC has served more than 500 English and Mandarin/Cantonese speaking older adults over 7 years. WC plays a unique role in the network of community programs older adults facing multiple barriers to social participation and access to health services. While some are being served, many are not, and the need for high-quality programs that support independence and health is growing, while programs and services are decreasing. Project- With VCH funding for WC now at an end (March 2015), our project aims to harness and expand the successful collaborative approach to serving vulnerable older adults using a community-based participatory research (CBR) process. WC has enable us to build relationships with hundreds of vulnerable older adults in Richmond, providing an unique opportunity in involve them in further breaking down the barriers to social participation and inclusion together with a rich variety of community stakeholders.

Community-Based Research Centre Society

Life Course and Gay Men's Health: Implications for Policy and Programs (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Terry Trussler, Research Director, Community Based reearch centre Society, and Ms. Jody Jollimore, Program Manager, Health Initiatives for Men).

How is health affected by social inequities experienced over the life span of gay and bisexual men? We will undertake a mixed methods study of Gay Generations - the impact of intergenerational experiences with prejudice, discrimination and social change - also the theme of a large sample survey in 2014. This will be a life course study: examining how historical events and geographic locations shape varied experiences among gay age cohorts that result in varied health issues and needs. The survey will be programmed for longitudinal research to track participant health outcomes in future years. The idea has emerged through CBRC and HIM's engagement with gay youth and HIV prevention. Prior research noted that young men of today experience greater social acceptance but also greater homophobic violence than previous generations (Ferlatte et al. 2013). The study will examine this paradox to learn how health outcomes may be affected. The project will engage organizations province wide in the BC Gay Men's Health Summit and Knowledge Exchange activities coordinated through CBRC and HIM's websites. Knowledge about intergenerational differences will contribute to greater understanding of how to work with various age groups of gay and bisexual men – anticipating their value differences and needs. A young investigator team, composed of young people between ages 18-26, will be trained and integrated into all phases of the research. Results to be delivered in presentations at community events, conferences and popular reports. Research Team members: Dr. Rick Marchand, Co-researcher, Mr. Travis Salway Hottes, Co-researcher, Mr. David Le, Co-researcher, and Mr. Olivier Ferlatte, Co-researcher.

Mapping the Intersects of Determinants and Development in Young Gay Men (Dr. Terry Trussler)

CBRC and HIM in cooperation with a network of collaborating agencies will develop and conduct the first Determinants Survey of gay men in BC in order to investigate how health determinants affect young gay men (YGM) ages 18 to 26 – a critical transition on the road to gay adulthood. According to the most recent HIV surveillance study conducted in Vancouver (Moore et al. 2010), 1 in 5 (20%) local gay youths will likely have an HIV infection by the time they reach 30 if current conditions continue. We wish to investigate how social factors have determined this outcome. A Young Investigators Team will receive operational training in all aspects of survey research including question development, sample recruitment and statistical analysis. The research activities will be nested within the day to day life of HIM, a community health organization offering counseling and STI testing services. The baseline data gained from this research will help inform future community level programs and social policy. This research would represent a breakthrough in knowledge development for gay men’s health.

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society

Inviting Voice/Creating Space for Cowichan Valley Women

This project will investigate how Cowichan women's experiences of marginalization and social exclusion affect their participation in community life as well as their health and well-being. The project will also develop a collaborative strategy for women's health action, by identifying the actions or systemic changes that will facilitate safety, well-being and social inclusion if implemented as health promotion strategies. This three-year project will generate locally relevant actions at both service and policy levels.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia

Advancing Lifesaving Enhancements to the Follow-up of Suicidal Individuals

Suicide is an important public health issue where an average of 10 people die by suicide each day in Canada. As identified in The Cost of Injury in Canada, a study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (June 2015), in 2010 there were 510 deaths by suicide in BC alone. In the same year, suicide and self-harm also resulted in 4539 emergency visits and 2855 hospitalizations, resulting in indirect and direct costs totalling $410M within the province. While the human cost of pain, grief and suffering are intangible, the economic costs of suicide are tangible and have resulted in significant economic challenges to the healthcare system. With a comprehensive case-managed 24/7 continuum of community support, the research shows that many of the 500+ deaths in BC can be prevented. Many suicidal people often do not seek support due to stigma around suicide. Crisis line contact, with its 24/7 accessibility and safety to reach out, can increase engagement and establish trust and further help seeking. With the already established rapport, our extended follow up process will help suicidal clients to better manage their own safety; however, phone and online service may not be sufficient to meet clients’ needs and face to face services are often required. Currently, fragmented service delivery processes exist for suicidal individuals. We are researching the impact of a structured follow up process over a period of time to determine the impact on connectedness and continuity of care.

District 69 Family Resource Association

Becoming and Belonging (Co-lead Researchers: Deborah Joyce, Family Resource Association; Dr. Jennifer Mullett, CHRC)

Community consultations were held with practitioners, policy makers, community members and a small group of youth with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, unhealed trauma and addiction. We helped the youth to produce short digital stories about some of their difficulties in the community. A significant theme was a lack of belonging. Youth also identified helpful resources.The stories indicated a need for research on how to improve the mental well-being of youth and engender a sense of belonging. This participatory action research project will use a strength-based approach to 1)Identify effective strategies to increase the well being of youth suffering from mental health; 2)Investigate community responsiveness and inclusiveness; and 3) Find ways to build on current collaborations to expand and strengthen them. Youth will be involved in all stages of the project and will be paid members of the research team. A document review will determine effective resources and strategies that attract youth participation, foster social connectedness and increase positive mental health. Digital stories will be created to document youths' perceptions of services and programs/projects, and to make recommendations. Collaborative strategies to enhance youth involvement in building and enhancing community assets will be developed through community mapping and focus groups. Two community forums will develop solutions, share knowledge, build collaborations and enhance connectedness. (Research Team: Sarah Fletcher, CHCR; Janice McMillan, School District 69; Carrie Barker, Island Health)

Douglas College

Inclusive practice and upstream change in community mental health

In Imagining Inclusion, a project funded by the Vancouver Foundation, we explored experiences of community inclusion for diverse individuals with lived experience of mental illness (MI). With the collaborative involvement of research participants, the ‘Creating Upstream Change’ Model (an upstream-downstream model of community mental health) was created from project findings. This new project proposes three interconnected social innovations to take up Imagining Inclusion’s evidence-based Model to investigate the potential for organizational and systemic change in community mental health using peer leadership as a central lever. In the first social innovation we will test the effectiveness of the Model in creating upstream (systemic), midstream (organizational) and downstream (individual) change in community mental health. The second social innovation is the use of indicators of excellence in community-based participatory research (CBPR) for documenting the change that results from piloting the Model. Insights from the change processes will be transferable to other community mental health sites. The use of peer leadership in all project activities is the third social innovation. This involves establishing a training curriculum for the research team that explores the role of peers in research, the value of lived experience, and skill development in methods, facilitation, project management, and public speaking.

Douglas College Foundation

Towards community inclusion, health and well-being for individuals with lived experience of mental health (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Colleen Reid, Faculty, Douglas College and Ms. Maya Alonso, Leisure and Education Services Coordinator)

In the current context of deinstitutionalization, building a sense of community inclusion is essential for recovery from mental illness. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses leisure and recreation in individual and group settings to foster community inclusion, health, and well-being. TR's client-centred and strengths-based approaches respect the lived experience of individuals with mental illness. Yet the field of TR, similar to many health promotion professions, has difficulty capturing the impact of its interventions. ODG's Thrive Program, which provides TR services to individuals living with mental illness, has partnered with the TR Department at Douglas College to address gaps in the literature and in practice. In this community-based participatory research project we seek to answer two questions: 1. How do individuals living with mental illness experience community inclusion, health, and well-being? 2. What are meaningful, practical, and relevant ways to represent community inclusion, health, and well-being for those living with mental illness? Individuals living with mental illness will work with undergraduate students from the College to manage the knowledge translation and exchange activities that are woven throughout this project. Project findings will be disseminated to a diverse group of stakeholders via a photo exhibit, e-newsletters, and an evidence-based tool kit that will aid in the design and implementation of TR services for people living with mental illness. Research Team members: Dr. Marina Niks, Evaluation Consultant, Ms. Sarah Moore, Co-Investigator, Dr. Wendy Frisby, Co-Investigator, Dr. Marina Morrow, Co-Investigator, Ms. Janice Spencer, Co-Investigator, Mr. Tom Burnell, Co-Investigator, and Ms. Ania Landy, Project Manager.

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for PWUD (Co-lead researchers: Rosalind Baltzer Turje, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Dr. Eugene McCann, SFU)

This research will explore the role that food provision plays in mitigating risks that people who use drugs experience (PWUD). Using a risk environment framework operationalized through research with organizations who offer harm reduction services, we have identified a number of factors that contribute to, or are a result of food insecurity among drug users: 1) Physical effects including poor nutrition, disordered eating, increased risk of dietary related disease, poorer mental health, and increased exposure to pathogens; 2) Social effects from accessing food in socially inappropriate ways, stigma and loss of dignity; and 3) Economic effects, including the inability to afford enough healthy food, trade-offs between housing and food, and reliance on free meal programs. Utilizing a community-based research framework, this project will explore the ways in which food provision can mitigate the physical, social and psychological harms associated with drug use. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to develop, implement, interpret, and disseminate the research. We will develop an understanding of the role that food plays in the lives of PWUD, the barriers they experience in accessing food and the potential role that food programs can play in reducing drug-related harms. By connecting with stakeholders, including PWUD, service providers and policy makers, we will develop peer education, a toolkit for social service providers and a strategy for informing policy-makers. (Research Team: Alison McIntosh, SFU; Cristina Tenemos, SFU; Dr. Christiana Miewald, UVIC; Rani Wangsawidjaya, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Patrick McGougall, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)

Faculty of Medicine Digital Emergency Medicine

Evidence Supported Self-management Enablement and Cultural Engagement (ESSENCE)

In BC, doctors use evidence-based clinical guidelines when treating patients with chronic disease. BC is undergoing major health system changes, increasing patient involvement in health care decisions and self-management. For this reason, there is a unique opportunity for multicultural communities to identify recommendations for developing culturally-appropriate evidence-based guidelines, and creating accompanying patient guides. ESSENCE aims to understand barriers and facilitators for multicultural communities to meaningfully participate in health policy discussions, while identifying a pathway for cultural adaptation of clinical practice guidelines for doctors and patients.

Fraser Health Authority

Community-Based Program to Support Women and Families in Pregnancies after Stillbirth

This community-based participatory research project seeks to address the systematic challenge of stigma and fatalism in the area of stillbirth with a focus on the care of families who are pregnant after stillbirth. With an intersectoral team of researchers, clinicians and bereaved community members, the components of group care within a primary health care (PHC) setting will be explored using focus group discussions with bereaved families. This information will be used to develop and test a group program to address psychosocial support as an adjunct to regular antenatal care with the goal of expanding this program to satellite sites outside of the city centre. The introduction of this innovation would trigger change in several ways. Firstly, the bulk of research on prevention and care conducted in the area of stillbirth occurs in academic and tertiary care settings. By situating the study in PHC with an intersectoral team of researchers and collaborators who are representative of community and hospitals, this study aims to ensure that care and support will match the longitudinal nature of grief and reproductive trajectories of bereaved families. Secondly, by placing this program within a PHC clinic, such as South Community Birth Program and its satellite clinics makes the invisible visible and counters the societal stigma and fatalism associated with stillbirth. Grief and loss will be made visible and acknowledged within a maternity clinic setting.

Cultural Safety Policy as a Tool for Improving Access to Primary Health Care for Aboriginal People

In 2011, Fraser Health Aboriginal Health and Simon Fraser University (SFU) were awarded a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Planning Grant which aimed to investigate key primary health care (PHC) research priorities identified by Aboriginal communities in the Fraser region. Following extensive consultation with communities in the region, the most prominent finding from this project was the urgent need to address barriers communities face in accessing basic PHC services. In 2013, Fraser Health, SFU, Stó:lo Nation, and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) were awarded a Vancouver Foundation Development Grant to build on partnerships and develop a research team to further examine barriers to PHC for Fraser region communities, including the development of a research question and methodology. Community discussions were held, and community participants and partners identified lack of cultural safety in PHC as a key barrier to accessing care and achieving wellness, and named this as their top priority for new research. Throughout both projects, communities called for applied and participatory community research with a focus on policy reform to eliminate the barriers they face in accessing basic PHC. The aim of the current proposed project is to build upon the results of previous research by conducting a community-based participatory research study to examine how cultural safety can be embedded into health policy in the Fraser region.

Postpartum Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in South Asian Women

Pre-eclampsia is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease with up to seven times higher than unaffected women. This risk of cardiovascular disease can occur as early as ten years after the index pregnancy. The postpartum period is a unique window of opportunity to engage young women and address their long-term health needs. South Asian women have an already increased risk of cardiovascular and have a distinctive cardiovascular profile. South Asian women in the Fraser Health region are predominantly newly arrived immigrants who face complex socio-cultural and economic challenges and are therefore particularly disadvantaged. Our social innovation idea is to develop a specialized South Asian postpartum cardiovascular health program that respects culture and builds a treatment plan around the individual needs and values of South Asian women in the Fraser Health region. In order to design such a program, we seek to engage locally affected South Asian women in a participatory approach so that the design and delivery of the program is informed by the priorities and preferences of the women it aims to serve.

Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Aboriginal Communities in the Fraser Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Leslie Bonshor, Director, Aboriginal Health, Fraser Health Authority, and Dr. John O'Neil, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU)

This proposal outlines activities to develop a research proposal for a community-based participatory research study to examine barriers and facilitators to accessing primary health care for Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Health region. Fraser Health communities were extensively involved in the 2011 CIHR project, which identified access to primary health care as a key issue. Further community engagement for the development of a new research proposal will be conducted and additional community members and representatives will be invited to join the research team. We propose a development project from January 2014 to December 2014. The initial phase of the project will focus on community engagement and consultation as well as building the research team and further developing partnerships. The second phase will focus on reviewing the literature, finalizing research questions and writing the grant proposal. Research Team members: Ms. Kelow Edehl and Mr. James George.

Developing, implementing and evaluating falls prevetion programs with Aboriginal communities using participatory research methods (Dr. Sonia Singh)

The goal of this project is to develop a program of fall and injury prevention with Aboriginal communities located in Fraser Health using a participatory research approach. In BC, Aboriginal peoples are three times more likely to die of a fall compared to the general population. There is little research around fall prevention in Aboriginal communities in Canada. Feedback from FH Aboriginal community leaders and facilitators suggest that current fall prevention programs may not be suited to Aboriginal communities, where resources to act on recommendations are limited. There is a demonstrated need to work in full partnership with Aboriginal communities to develop a program of fall and injury prevention that is culturally relevant, effective and sustainable. Aboriginal leaders and older adults affected by fall related injuries will be involved as equal partners in all aspects of the research process including: developing relevant research questions, how these questions can respectfully be asked in the community, choosing appropriate research methods, collecting and interpreting data and developing strategies to act on the information learned. All data and results of the research will be owned by the Aboriginal communities involved and each community will have full control over the dissemination and action plans arising from this research. Through this research process we hope to achieve a lasting improvement in the health and well-being of Aboriginal older adults.

Gitga'at First Nation

Empowering a Nation: Reconnecting to 'Old Town' - The Ancestral Home of The Gitga'at

Gitga’at First Nation, in Northern British Columbia, has a deep physical, emotional, and spiritual connection to its ancestral lands. Ensuring the continuity of this connection is fundamental to community health, cultural survival, supporting rights and title, and our unique relationship with our territory. By creating an interactive storyboard and web site rich in cultural and ecological details, our project seeks to strengthen Gitga’at First Nation’s connection to one important place: Laxgalts'ap or “Old Town”. This project is an outgrowth of the Nation’s on-going efforts to revitalize title, language, environmental stewardship, and spirituality. Old Town is 32km north of the remote village of Hartley Bay where many Gitga’at live today. Old Town is the birthplace of the Gitga’at and the ancestral village where they lived for thousands of years; yet few Gitga’at today are able to visit Old Town. This inability to physically connect with a place so central to Gitga’at identity weighs heavily on many in the community. There is immediacy to the project due to the age of our elders and the potential impact of climate change on our landscape. Our team of researchers from Hartley Bay and BC Universities will document the cultural and natural history of Old Town by collating community interviews, old and recent video and audio footage, archival documents, oral traditions, place names, and archaeological and eco-cultural data in a web site and touch screen placed in the community.

Hope in Shadows Inc.

Learning about illicit alcohol harm reduction options in BC

This project will train and take facilitators (themselves drinkers of non-beverage alcohol) to 10 communities outside the Greater Vancouver area to research how people who drink illicit alcohol see and experience the harms associated with their alcohol consumption and what they think the solutions to address these harms might be. They will share findings with decision-makers and work to see their recommendations implemented.