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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.

UBC - Department of Psychology

Building Intergenerational Communities: Motivators and Barriers for Older Adults (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Assistant Professor, UBC and Ms. Sandra Petrozzi, Manager of Family and Seniors Programs, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House).

The proposed project takes an innovative approach to combat loneliness and promote healthy aging by capitalizing on the potential of community-based intergenerational programming for providing social engagement opportunities. Facilitated by a Vancouver Foundation-funded development grant, we were able to demonstrate the broad health benefits of intergenerational programming. Furthermore, feedback from local seniors demonstrates that they are very keen to engage in volunteering that involves children. However, there seems to be a distinct gap between what seniors are already doing (volunteer activities involving peers) and what they would like to do (activities involving children). In this new, community-based research project, we would therefore like to build on the activities from the development grant and gain deeper insights into the motivations, facilitators, and obstacles to intergenerational volunteering to bridge this gap and help seniors become more socially engaged. Hence, with older adults as key partners, we aim to better understand the motivations for volunteering through participatory research using iPad minis while at the same time empowering seniors to learn new technological skills. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that reflect the needs and diversity of older adults in a local context leading to healthier, happier, and more engaged seniors in our community. Research Team members: Dr. Atiya Mahmood, Co-Researcher and Photo Voice training, Dr. Peter Graf, Co-Researcher, and Ms. Charito Gailing, Stakeholder.

University of British Columbia College of Health Disciplines

Improving care for vulnerable populations through their participation in the education of health professionals (Dr. Angela Towle)

Vulnerable and marginalized populations have problems with access to health care, communication with health professionals and receipt of patient-centred care that goes beyond a bio-medical approach. These problems can be addressed by active involvement of people in the community, who are ‘experts by lived experience’, in the education of health professionals. However, there are major institutional and cultural barriers to the inclusion of vulnerable people as educators, including different understandings of knowledge and expertise, power imbalances, discrimination and stigma, and lack of trust. We propose a knowledge interaction research project that will influence educational policy and practice. The goal is to make the authentic and autonomous voice and expertise of the patient a core part of the education of health professionals. We propose a 3-year inclusive and iterative community-based participatory research project that will inform i) the development of a mechanism for the community to engage with the university for the purpose of influencing health professional education; and ii) the development, implementation and evaluation of an educational model that leads to sustained participation by vulnerable and marginalized populations in the education of health professionals. The project will benefit the community through its ability to influence its future health and social care, and benefit the university in fulfilling its mandate for socially accountable education. Research Team: Scott Graham SPARC; William Godolphin UBC; Cheryl hewitt, North Shore Health Board; Angela Towle UBC

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Mitigating mining-induced health impacts in Fort St. James and Nak'azdli, BC

This project will develop an intervention to mitigate the impacts of mine development on the health of two Northern communities, located near BC’s newest approved mine. The project is a unique collaboration, bridging the issues of health and mining engineering as well as an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal community (Nak'azdli and Fort St. James). The project will use a community-based participatory approach and knowledge translation to develop an intervention to maximize mining-related social, economic, and health benefits.