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The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon

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 - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Sharing our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Teresa Howell, Research Manager, Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC and Ms. Tanya Gomes, Clinical Practice Initiatives, Lead-Aboriginal Health, Vancouver Coastal Health)

This project originated out of discussions & research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that knowledge translation is important. Therefore, an underlying theme of this project is to understand the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. We will be community-guided in developing 7 holistic health circles (HC) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context for participants; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues & validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question will be 2fold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We will gather information through focus groups & interviews with participants’ about their health knowledge & practices before & after HC attendance; document their experiences of HCs & illuminate how they perceive it has affected their overall health & view of traditional health practices. Knowledge translation is also important; thus, we will also share the knowledge that we gain from this project with & between urban Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal organizations, peoples, & communities. Research Team members: Dr. Lee Brown, Team Member, Director of the Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC