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Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Co-lead Researchers Cathy Makihara, Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society; Dr. Karen Kobayashi, UVIC)

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Research team: N/A)

Pacific AIDS Network

SPEAKING MY TRUTH: The Canadian HIV Stigma Index CBR Project in British Columbia (Co-lead researchers Jennifer Evin Jones, Pacific Aids Network and Catherine Worthington, UVIC)

The HIV Stigma Index is a dynamic partnership born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination in BC. In this, the 5th year of the global implementation of the Stigma Index, 50 countries have completed the study, with more than 1300 People living with HIV (PLHIV) trained as interviewers and 45,000 PLHIV interviewed. It is time for Canada and BC to join this international movement. With support from the VF, the BC arm of this national study will be able to move forward to build our team first, increase the reach of the project into rural areas and hard-to-reach populations, and mentor additional PLHIVs as research leaders. This CBR project will be the first ever Canadian study to document experiences of stigma and discrimination from the perspective of people living with HIV. This action-oriented project will translate community experiences into language decision-makers can effectively use; build a shared agenda to influence programs, services and policies; and positively impact individuals involved. The Stigma Index is both a process (of building partnerships & capacity) and an action-based research tool (building on a quantitative & qualitative questionnaire). Designed by and for PLHIV, and led by PLHIV, this project will inform better evidence-based responses to HIV and related issues at all levels, and will empower the community to take a leap forward in the struggle for freedom from HIV stigma and discrimination. Research team: Melanie Rusch, Island Health; Andrea Langlois, Pacific AIDS Network; Andrew Beckeman, AIDS Vancouver; Charles Osborne, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Darren Lausher, Peer Research Associate; Jonathan Postnikoff, Research Assistant UBC; Romari Undi, Intl. Community of Women living with HIV; Sergio Rueda, Population Health Research

Positive Living Society of British Columbia

Stigma and access to health information in certain marginalized HIV communities (Mr. R. Paul Kerston/Dr. Mario Brondani)

HIV stigma may prevent people from being timely diagnosed and engaging in life-saving care. It may also prevent those who are HIV positive from seeking health educational information and services, particularly if they are from marginalized communities. To minimize stigma and to engage HIV-positive individuals in utilizing educational and support services, we need a good understanding of the roots of stigma and of the resources these community members need. Stigma can have many forms and be manifested in different manners. Despite the advance of readily available information and media, stigma remains held by the lay public and experienced by HIV marginalized individuals from Aboriginal communities and those who are refugee/immigrants, as the focus of this proposal. Within a community-based participatory research framework (CBPR), this proposed 2-year project will explore inductively the roots of stigma as experienced by HIV-positive members from these two marginalized communities, gathered in group discussions, and as held by lay individuals from the general public who are HIV-negative, gathered individually. The focus groups will be peer-led by volunteer trainees. Through collaborative thematic analysis from group discussions and interviews, this CBPR will enable us to identify the factors contributing to stigma and the educational and service needs of these marginalized communities. It will also inform the development of strategies to address and minimize stigma.

Positive Women's Network Society

Women's Health Action Research Initiative

We will engage in a series of activities pertaining to the Women's Health Action Research Initiative. Action Research is research conducted to clarify and solve current problems as well as to reflect on the very process of problem solving carried out by individuals working with others collaboratively or as part of a community to improve their methods of approaching and solving issues. The areas of activity underpinning the process we would like to undertake are as follows: 1. Research—literature review, environment scan, focus groups. 2. Knowledge development and action planning with communities—participant scope and methodology. We will determine if and when external stakeholders may be consulted, based on questions such as: What are the opinions of women living with Hep C who are not currently accessing services? What do PWN's top donors think about how the expanded organization’s mandate to include prevention programming should be carried out? 3. Convening— 4 meetings with staff, female members of PWN, invested stakeholders, experts in the field of HIV and HepC 4. Report preparation—merger of mixed methods analysis using multiple information sources into final report that recommends program strategies for supporting the reduction of HIV rates for women living with Hep C. This report will be a template that can be used for other vulnerable populations of women (e.g. Aboriginal, newly immigrated, transgendered, etc.).

Shuswap Association for Community Living

Community Building Now!

The Community Building Now project will engage people with and without disability to work together to research and identify civic issues that can be addressed to build a better community through action influencing positive civic change in Salmon Arm and area. We plan to accomplish this with Participatory Action Research bringing together a diverse group of participants to co-research what they and other community members would like to see change in their community to better meet the needs of a broad community. The project team will work collaboratively to develop methodologies to survey the community of Salmon Arm utilizing Photovoice, written surveys and interviews to gather data related to community development possibilities and analyze the results to develop actions to promote change to support the needs of a diverse community. Participants in the project will develop their personal and collective capacities by working together exchanging mentorship to increase personal capacities to effect ongoing change in their community that positively impacts the quality of life in our community. The project will create long lasting mutually beneficial social relationships; build essential community building skills and valuable roles & working partnerships that include people with intellectual & other disabilities sustaining long term, ongoing influence leaving a legacy of an inclusive community that embraces diversity, quality of life and full civic engagement for all citizen

Community Building Now

The Community Building Now project will engage people with and without disability to work together collaboratively to research and identify common issues and concerns related to building better communities that creates action resulting in positive social change and ongoing influence in Salmon Arm and area that benefits the community collectively. We plan to accomplish this through Participatory Action Research to bring together a diverse group of participants to research what they and other community members would like to see change in their community that will result in a better, stronger community. Participants will receive formal training about how to create and sustain ongoing collaborative relationships, effective means to build better, stronger communities and how to implement action planning to meet the needs of diverse communities. Participants in the project will develop their personal and collective capacities by working together with the exchange of mentorship to increase their personal capacities to effect ongoing change in their community and positive impact on the community as a whole. The project will create long lasting mutually beneficial social relationships; build essential community building skills and valuable roles & working partnerships that will sustain long term influence and a legacy of a community that embraces diversity and full civic engagement.

Simon Fraser University

Place-Making with Seniors: Towards Meaningful Affordable Housing (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Director, Gerontology Research Centre, SFU, and Mr. Jack Mulleny, Volunteer, Kiwanis Seniors Society)

Housing that is not only affordable but also supportive of the psycho-social needs of seniors is fundamental to the health and well-being of our aging population. Community consultation has identified the need for housing interventions that build 'sense of place', ascribed through access to supports to keep mentally and physically active, opportunities to build social capital and facilitating an enhanced role for seniors in the design process. To address these needs our research will: (i) understand how sense of place is experienced by older adults transitioning into affordable housing (ii) translate resident experiences into formal and informal supports that foster meaningful aspects of place, and (iii) create a role for older people as active 'placemakers' in community planning and development. This project builds upon a strong partnership of local government, planners and developers, seniors's; services and Kiwanis seniors who are involved in the design of the affordable housing development & 'Kiwanis Towers'. The project represents a timely opportunity to build skills and capacity and embed residents' preferences in the design process. To ensure the meaningful engagement of older adults we will use a community-based participatory research approach, training residents as co-researchers and using participant-led research methods. The project will develop a Sense of Place Development Guide that has broader applicability in the design of housing supports for seniors. Research Team members: Ms. Dena Kae Beno, Project Team Member, Dr. Judith Sixmith, Academic Advisory, Dr. Ryan Woolrich, Researcher, and Mr. Brian Dagneault, Project Team Member.

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Exploring the health and social impacts of evictions among people who use drugs Co-lead researchers: Dr. Ryan McNeil, Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU; and Mr. Hugh Lampkin, President of Board of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

Over the past five years, people who use drugs (PWUD) living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) have increasingly experienced eviction due to urban redevelopment. A lack of understanding about the nature of evictions and how evictions shape health and social outcomes, such as drug-related risks (e.g., syringe-sharing), health access (e.g., HIV care) and drug scene engagement (e.g., drug dealing), remains a significant barrier to developing evidence-based housing policies and targeted public health interventions to address this issue. Building upon ongoing collaborations and community consultations, the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CFE), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and Pivot Legal Society have come together to propose this community-based participatory research (CBPR) study to examine evictions and how they influence health and social outcomes among PWUD in the DTES. This study will employ participatory methods, including peer-led qualitative interviews and innovative qualitative geographic information systems (GIS) data collection, to generate unique insights into the impacts of evictions, and will supplement these methods with legal analyses undertaken by Pivot Legal. In doing so, this study will generate public health and socio-legal evidence to inform the policy and programmatic response to evictions, while also equipping PWUD with legal advocacy tools to protect their rights. Research team: Ms. DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society; Dr. Will Small, SFU; Dr. Thomas Kerr, BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Dr. Lindsay Richardson, UBC

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.

Surviving not Thriving: The Systemic Barriers to Housing for Women Leaving Violence

The Shedding Light on the Barriers to Housing for Women Fleeing Violence Photovoice project (Shedding Light) was previously funded by the BC Medical Services Foundation and was successfully completed as of March 2010. This community-based, feminist participatory action research project was conducted in four communities across BC and engaged forty-five diverse women in photo-taking, interviews and focus groups in order to share their experiences of seeking housing after leaving violence. The purpose of the current proposed project is to professionally produce an advocacy report that maximizes the impact of photo- and text-based data generated by participants to effectively translate the knowledge generated from the Shedding Light project. The provincial and community-based organizations who partnered to facilitate Shedding Light will use this report in their advocacy and awareness-building efforts with the ultimate goal of addressing barriers to housing and improving access to housing for women who have left violent relationships.

SPARC BC Society

Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End (Co-lead Researchers: Karen Williams, SPARC BC; Eric Kowalski, West End Senior's Network Society)

Older adults who remain active in their community and regularly engage in physical activity report better health outcomes (Hanson et al, 2013). Conversely, older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience poor health (Dickens et al 2011). Our project, "Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End", uses a senior-led community based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach to engage older adults in: a) research and promotion of accessible built and social environments in their neighborhood; b) the implementation of and research on a peer led intervention strategy that reaches out to isolated older adults to encourage them to become more active and socially connected. Phase 1 will lay the foundation for the CBPAR project and will involve forming an Advisory Committee; finalizing the research plan and completing a research ethics review process. Phase 2 will engage older adults in place-based qualitative research on the built and social environment in the West End including: a PhotoVoice process; a study of West End streets; the creation of age friendly pedestrian pathway maps. Phase 3 will consist of the development of a peer led outreach strategy to encourage isolated older adults to become more active in the West End. Phase 4 will take place alongside Phase 3 and will include researching the impact of the intervention. Phase 5 will consist of knowledge dissemination. Research Team: Jessica Smith, West End Senior's Network Society

Ensuring Dignified Access to Local Healthy Food for Marginalized Populations

Marginalized populations have less access to local healthy food because of systemic barriers caused by unemployment and low income, rising food prices, inappropriate public responses to their food security needs, and literacy barriers. Most programmes improving food security for marginalized groups are based on a charitable model of hand-outs. This project will create new knowledge about the ways in which marginalized groups can be supported to gain dignified access to healthy food, leading to changes in the way that marginalized populations and food providers interact.

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.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Collective Impact for Mental Health and Addictions


The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Co-lead researchers Dr. Hannah Wittman, UBC; Colin Dring, Richmond Food Security Society)

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Research Team: N/A)

The Good Samaritan Society

The Imagination Network

What roles do people living with the experience of dementia want to play in our communities? This is the question at the heart of The Imagination Network. While rates of dementia rise in our communities [1], the voices of individuals with lived experience of dementia - their thoughts, stories, and ideas—fade into the background. In the emerging field of dementia advocacy, Swaffer (2014) coined the term “prescribed disengagement” to connote how once a person is diagnosed with dementia they are expected to disengage from society and to prepare for the inevitable decline in their cognitive abilities [2]. Current care practices for dementia focus almost exclusively on mitigating the biomedical “losses” for the individual and their caregivers. The Imagination Network shifts this focus towards creativity and citizenship by proposing a rigorous exploration of “prescribed engagement”. As a social innovation, The Imagination Network is centered on valuing people with the lived experience of dementia as contributors to society with important stories to tell. The Imagination Network combines Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Community-Engaged Arts Practice (CEAP) to engage participants with lived experience of dementia in the development of an evidence-based interdisciplinary theatrical production that tells their collective story. The ultimate goal is to foster engagement and build social inclusion for people living with the experience of dementia.

Tides Canada Foundation

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study: City of Vancouver report and public engagement

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study is an extensive new research study that has gone beyond the numbers to capture the values, experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples living in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa. Speaking directly with a representative group of 2,614 First Nations peoples, Métis and Inuit living in these major Canadian cities, as well as 2,501 non-Aboriginal Canadians, the Environics Institute, led by Michael Adams, has released the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study, which offers Canadians a new perspective of their Aboriginal neighbours. Guided by an Advisory Circle, Aboriginal people designed the research themes, methodology, and executed the main survey. City findings are now available, beginning with the Regina City Report, and the Toronto City Report, which takes a look at the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study results specifically through a community based lens on each of those cities. Also available for download is a power point Regina presentation, and a Toronto presentation of the results. This project focuses on the City of Vancouver and compares Vancouver to the overall study results and to other cities. The Vancouver City Report will analyze the date generated by the overall study for city specific results and provide key insights in program and policy development.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Through our own eyes – Disclosure, Stigma and Criminalization of HIV in British Columbia

Canada stands out globally in its assertive approach to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The emphasis on criminal law in regulating HIV non-disclosure continues despite increasing evidence that the criminal law is an ineffective tool to prevent HIV transmissions. While frequently represented as a law that ‘protects’ women, to date there is limited understanding of how this law uniquely shapes the lived-experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWH) and the severe stigmatization they face. To gain a better understanding of the gendered impact of this law, we propose a group-based participatory photovoice project, where WLWH in a group setting collaborate to depict how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shapes the negotiation of intimate relationships, HIV disclosure, HIV-related stigma and access to care. At the end of the project, together with the photovoice participants and with our community partner Positive Women’s Network (PWN), we will organize a public exhibition of the photographs and stories that WLWH generate. The proposed project follows up on key research and advocacy priorities that were identified by WLWH, academics, AIDS support organizations, clinicians, and legal experts at a Roundtable event organized by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) in collaboration with PWN and the Canadian HIV Legal Network in October, 2015.

A novel approach to innercity drug scenes: A participatory peer program utilizing community-mindness

Inner-city drug scenes are typically tackled with repression and eviction. Since drug cultures can only be modified but not eradicated, the effects of repressive measures are frequently counterproductive to the pursued goal: Individually and socially adverse phenomena related to the scene including violence, crime, ill health, and socio-economic marginalization tend to be aggravated and the scene to turn fragmented and underground. The latter implies that the subculture becomes even less accessible for external intervention and control. The fundamentally novel and pioneering aspect of this project is to explicitly utilize rather than destroy the social structure of the scene by assessing and promoting subcultural community-minded norms and behaviors. Subcultural community-mindedness can be fostered from the sides of all involved including drug intervention, prevention, and policy, police, criminal justice, health care, and education. The project focusses on participatory peer intervention, which lies within the domain of drug intervention and employs elements of community psychology. The project is novel also insofar, as that members of the drug scene themselves will be involved centrally, as well as the community, in which the drug scene is located. Thus, the social status of drug users, who frequently encounter stigmatization and exclusion due to their illicit involvement, can be strengthened and general health, social security, and a communal spirit within the community.

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Addiction treatment engagement among youth: Community-researcher-practice partnerships

In Greater Vancouver, youth (14 to 26 years of age) who engage in higher intensity drug use are vulnerable to numerous harms. Addiction treatment remains a cornerstone of addressing these harms. However, we continue to experience difficulties connecting youth with addiction treatment in our setting, even when services are available. A more in depth understanding of both the challenges and opportunities that shape youth’s access to a rapidly evolving landscape of addiction treatment in Greater Vancouver is urgently needed. Addressing this knowledge gap is particularly salient for vulnerable subpopulations of youth who use drugs, including street involved youth, gender variant and sexually diverse youth, and Indigenous youth. The aim of the proposed activities is to catalyze a new program of qualitative and ethnographic research that explores youth’s engagement with addiction treatment, care and recovery in Greater Vancouver, both across time, and across institutional settings. The goal of this new program of research is to inform and advocate for innovative addiction treatment services for youth in our setting. We request financial support in order to: 1. Host two planning meetings with local knowledge users, community stakeholders and members of the research team in Vancouver 2. Conduct exploratory interviews with local youth who engage in higher intensity drug use and local addiction care providers 3. Develop and submit a research funding proposal

Exploring Access to Health Information in Surrey's South Asian Community (Co-Lead Researchers: Dr. Kendall Ho and Mr. Paul Bains)

The proposed project addresses the question: What support do members of Surreys South Asian (SA) community need in order to use eHealth tools to manage and prevent chronic diseases? In BC, the SA community has higher than average rates of chronic diseases[1]. CINS and the eHSO have worked with the SA community to reduce health disparities by supporting chronic disease management (CDM) and prevention. The interCultural Online Health Project (iCON), an eHSO community outreach program led by Drs. Ho and Cheema, has conducted research on patient engagement, information needs, and CDM in BCs SA communities since 2008. Information from community participants suggests that eHealth literacy is an area in need of development[2]. Health literacy can be defined as the set of skills required to use eHealth to its full potential. Technical proficiency, language ability, and media literacy are among the components of eHealth literacy[3]. iCONs research also indicates that the SA community views eHealth as a valuable opportunity to optimize CDM through online resources, apps, and other technologies. eHealth also has potential to promote uptake of clinical prevention services, such as screening programs. Partnering with an extensive community network, we will develop capacity and infrastructure within Surrey's SA community to generate a deeper understanding of factors affecting the use of eHealth. Findings will inform future initiatives to support eHealth-enabled CDM and prevention. Research Team: Drs. Victoria Lee, Helen Lauscher, Ms. Sunita Kapoor, Dr. Arun Garg, and Mr. Jay Bains

UBC - Department of Psychiatry

The Bipolar Youth Action Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC, and Ms. Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterized by extremes of mood. As onset typically occurs in young adulthood, youth with BD are a target group for early intervention and support. There is good evidence that 'self-management' strategies can positively impact health and quality of life in adults with BD. What is missing from a research perspective, however, is knowledge about effective wellness strategies for youth with BD (i.e., the focus of this application). Evidence collected 'on the ground' also indicates that this area is a community priority; this project was catalysed by the dissatisfaction voiced by youth with BD in BC themselves. In our 'Bipolar Youth Action Project', two organisations - a research group specialising in community-engaged BD research and a BD-specific community group on Vancouver Island - will unite to fill this knowledge gap. Youth with BD will be integral to every stage of the research. For example, two youth are members of the research team, and we have already performed a youth consultation on the project methods, established a nascent 'youth action group' and identified key community collaborators. These steps demonstrate both our commitment to authentic and sustainable community engagement and the passion of the youth themselves for this endeavour. Knowledge gained will inform the development of appropriate resources to support youth self-management, leading to enhanced capacity for self-care in this vulnerable community. Reaearch Team members: Dr. Joanna Cheek, Co-Investigator, Mr. Joseph Haverty, Youth Leader, Ms. Jessica Megan Williamson, Youth Leader, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Co-Investigator

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.

Promoting Healthy Aging through Intergenerational Programming (Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi)

This planning grant takes an innovative approach to health promotion in an aging population by capitalizing on the important role of social factors. Specifically, we will develop community-based intergenerational programs that harvest older adults' skills and needs to leave a lasting legacy while at the same time increasing leisure time physical activity such as "purposeful walking" as well as providing cognitive stimulation. Therefore, intergenerational programs have the potential for high "buy-in" because they contribute to older adults' purpose in life and simultaneously foster health-promoting behaviors that are well known to contribute to healthy aging. The project stems from a need to develop sustainable programs that will promote the health of a growing population of older adults, while supporting the social and academic development of children from immigrant and low-income families. This project will explore facilitators and barriers to intergenerational programming in the local context, from the perspectives of program administrators, parents of young children, and older adult program participants. We will do this through focus group discussions, a symposium, and participatory research methods. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that will, in turn, form the basis of a larger program implementation project. Research Team: Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi

UBC - Faculty of Dentistry

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness with Peer Support

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness With Peer Support proposes training & employing women who participate in programming at EFry as peer project advisors. Through the opportunity to experience themselves as co-creators of safe, supportive environments, women & children can restore their health & well-being while offering invaluable expertise regarding innovative approaches that have the potential to shift the paradigm of mother-child separation within correctional settings & beyond. Led by women affected by the issue, this participatory research project will create new knowledge & contribute to new policies necessary to make it possible for all people to not only matter but to thrive.