Awarded Grants

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Aquafit for All Association

What are the barriers and facilitators to providing inclusive aquatic activities for children with mental health challenges?

Studies have repeatedly shown that inclusive education improves the child's quality of life, health status, as well as income and employment outcomes, all of which are important social determinants of health for children, and contribute to their childhood experience and life trajectory. However, aquatic community programs for children with disabilities are often segregated so that children with mental health challenges are separated from peers. By having a deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators to inclusive aquatic programming in the community, we can work with co-researchers and the broader community to expand inclusion practices to programs beyond aquatics.

Battered Women's Support Services

Assessing the intersections of race and gender in police response to Black, Indigenous, and women of colour experiencing gender-based violence in BC.

The WHO identifies the following effects of GBV on women: death, disability, HIV, depression, and PTSD. Although the police and legal systems are mandated to support GBV victims, there is evidence that battered Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) receive harmful responses from the police. This research enables action through a reflective cycle, where community members and services collect and analyze data together to assess police protection of BIWOC victims of gender-based violence.

British Columbia Brain Injury Association

What are the rehabilitation and research priorities for improving quality of life among people with TBI?

Over 300,000 people live with traumatic brain injury (TBI). After injury, people experience many physical, cognitive, and mental health problems, which can last from months to a lifetime and significantly impact their quality of life. Additionally, family members, carers, and friends of people with TBI experience changes in their life due to the new roles and commitments caused by the person’s injury. Our goal is to bring together researchers, clinicians, people with TBI, carers, and policy makers to 1) develop key priority areas for rehabilitation and research, and 2) initiate transformative community rehabilitation to improve quality of life for individuals and carers after TBI.

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Transgender Inclusive Mental Healthcare

Suicide and mental health concerns are seen in the transgender community in greater rates than the general population. Transgender people, and in particular transgender women, are hesitant to access needed help in the mental healthcare system because of discrimination and exclusion. This project will document experience and put together a team and research project to address this issue.

Cowichan Tribes First Nation

Far Too Many Preterm Births in Cowichan Tribes: Generating Knowledge to Inform Service Delivery and Strengthen Motherhood Journeys

Preterm birth results in lifelong consequences for the child and their families. Cowichan Tribes is partnering with the FNHA to respond to a recent finding that the preterm birth rate in Cowichan territory is 2-3 times higher than the average rate for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We will gather knowledge on pregnancy and birth experiences from mothers and service providers to better understand the role of the social determinants of health in birth outcomes in our community. This project will be grounded in the teachings of our Cowichan Snuw’uy’ulh (Elders) and will generate community-specific knowledge that can strengthen service delivery across perinatal care in our community.

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.

Fraser Health Authority

Exploring the experiences of adult home tube feed users and their caregivers within British Columbia

Home tube feeding (HTF) provides food and water through a tube when people cannot meet their nutrition needs by mouth. Despite its importance, there is very little research about the lived experiences of HTF users and their caregivers in Canada. Recent data suggests that adult HTF users in BC frequently visit hospitals for HTF-related problems. However, few adult HTF users (25%) accessed community dietitian services. This research is the first BC and Canadian study to explore the experiences and challenges of adult HTF users and their caregivers. It also is the first to bring users, caregivers, healthcare professionals and decision-makers together to create “best practice” recommendations.

Glasshouse Capacity Services Society

Achieving Resilience, Stability, and Wellbeing through Peer Programs and Harm Reduction: Strength-Based Research with People Who Use Drugs at Overdose Prevention Society

The Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) is a low-barrier high-volume harm reduction resource in the Downtown Eastside. This work has been made possible through the active participation of peers. As similar sites are opened across Canada, a need exists to investigate the benefits community-led models of harm reduction on the health and wellbeing of peers. This project proposes the formation of an novel peer research program that will empower peer-driven research and solutions to the overdose crisis, investigate the role of peer employment on health and wellbeing, produce resources to inform the scale up of overdose prevention sites, and strengthen relationships through knowledge translation.

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Social Connectivity in the time of COVID-19: A participatory needs assessment from the experience of racialized newcomers in Burnaby

We aim to understand how Burnaby can increase social connectivity, especially for recent newcomers from racialized communities. Through the collaboration of community members, service providers, and researchers, we aim to understand community members’ recent social experiences, the role of community programming, barriers to social connectivity, and opportunities for innovation. This project is urgent and important, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, because the learnings will be applied to improve existing service delivery, coordination of services, and implementation of new programs, ultimately boosting social connectivity and enhancing wellbeing in Burnaby.

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Evaluating Collective Action in the Kamloops Regional Food System

This project aims to understand how to collectively move food policies with positive health outcomes from plan to action. Much thought and engagement has been put into policies and plans in our region that provide a pathway towards a healthy and regenerative food system. However, a gap between the adoption of plans and their implementation has been identified by researchers and planners. As a result, we are first seeking to understand the role that community engagement and civic inclusion can play in supporting the implementation of policy. Secondly, we will explore how to authentically measure what matters to see what impact our efforts have.

McCreary Centre Society

A youth led investigation of BC adolescents’ substance use

The McCreary Centre Society and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are seeking to convene a group of young people who want to better understand how social determinants of health impact underage substance use among BC youth and how these can be addressed. Together the young people will develop specific research questions which can be answered with an in-depth analysis of data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey. The project aims to include those most likely to be impacted by harmful substance use in the design of a research project which can inform systems planning to reduce substance-related harms among BC youth.

A youth led investigation of BC adolescents’ substance use and associated protective factors

McCreary Centre Society and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are engaging young people in a participatory action research project to better understand how social determinants of health impact substance use among diverse BC youth and how these can be addressed. Young people will analyze data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey and engage those who may not be included in a mainstream school survey to identify how protective factors for substance use might look different among their peers. The project aims to engage those most likely to be impacted by problematic substance use to inform systems planning to reduce substance-related harms among diverse BC youth.

MEFM Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia Society of British Columbia

Examining the Unmet Needs of British Columbians living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Mapping a Provincial Needs Assessment

This project examines British Columbians living with a disabling and neglected chronic illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to better understand ME patients’ health and social services needs. It aims to inform policy decision making, and to improve patient care and support. The Convene Grant process allows for community, research, clinical, and decision-makers to partner in the development of a provincial ME needs assessment framework and Investigative Grant proposal. The project will identify key stakeholders, data sources and methodology appropriate to this patient population. Project analysis and reporting will outline next steps to maximise a larger project in the future.

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Engaging the power of community: Recovery, reintegration and healthy lifestyles.

By engaging Guthrie Alumni’s skills and knowledge we will explore the systemic gaps that may exist between health and social recovery. We will examine the role of social networks in alumni recovery that may or may not lead them back into systems of addiction/incarceration. The project has ramifications for health and justice systems responses to addiction. We aim to understand the activities of the informal network that maintains Alumni’s health recovery and social success. In this phase we will collaboratively refine key issues and processes to enable the autonomous participation of Alumni. This work will help us plan a future project on systemic change to post incarceration recovery.

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

Speaking truth to abuse: LGBTQ elders share their stories of elder abuse and survival

LGBT seniors are at greater risk for elder abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, since they share many risk factors, some of which are connected to historic cultural prejudices. The situation is made worse because many LGBT people mistrust a health care system that has historically ignored their concerns. In this project, we will seek out survivors of LGBT elder abuse, collect their stories, and disseminate them in order to generate greater understanding of the issue among both lay people and professionals. This grant will help us apply for funding, design our project, recruit community members as patient partners, and consider ways to support survivors throughout our project.

Royal Roads University

Improving Young Adult Cancer Care Through Meaningful Engagement with Young Adults and Cancer Care Allies in BC

Our research seeks to explore how young adults with cancer experience cancer care in BC and how their experiences can inform and improve cancer care in BC. Through active engagement with young adults and cancer care allies (healthcare professionals, decision-makers and community-based organizations) we hope to build partnerships and collaborative strategies between young adults and cancer care allies to strengthen the young adult cancer care system in BC and enhance the capacity of BC's cancer care system to respond to the lived experiences, needs, and priorities of young adults with cancer.

A good life with dementia: collective action to enable wellbeing in the CRD

Social action to shift negative definitions and inaccurate assumptions about people with dementia is required in the CRD, as the number of people living with dementia is expected to grow in all municipalities of the region. The Centre for Health Leadership and Research at Royal Roads University and the Alzheimer Society of BC, together with people living with dementia and other community stakeholders, will convene a process of cooperative inquiry to develop the CRD as a good place to live with dementia. People living with dementia will be supported to participate as full citizens in an active role as ‘place makers’ to inform development of networked, dementia-capable communities.

Simon Fraser University

Eng/aging and HIV: Knowledge Exchange Between Administrative Data Study and Older Adults Living with HIV in British Columbia

To an unprecedented degree in the history of HIV/AIDS, people with HIV are living longer thanks to treatment and there is a need to understand the complexity of aging with HIV by those who live this actuality. This project engages older adults living with HIV, a care provider, and other researchers to convene as a research council. We will co-develop a research plan to examine the recent issue of aging and HIV while using an administrative health data study called COAST at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Through our Convene process, we honour the perspectives and living experiences of older adults living with HIV to shape the research questions and plan of action.

St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver

Trans healthcare in BC: Assessment, Evaluation, and Changes to Healthcare Delivery in Primary, Gender-Affirming, and Sexual/Reproductive Healthcare

This study investigates the factors that impact the accessibility, acceptability and quality of healthcare for trans individuals in BC. The central research question is: What changes are required in care delivery to address healthcare disparities (e.g. lack of access to gender-affirming care, geographic distribution of services, discrimination in healthcare settings) among trans people in BC? Local knowledge will be built in partnership with community partners, which will support movements for systemic change in healthcare and adjacent sectors to shift policy and program development in ways that can improve the health experiences of trans individuals in BC.

Stroke Recovery Association Of British Columbia

World Cafe - Community Conversations After Stroke

Stroke is a sudden event which challenges participation in life roles. Addressing this issue is challenged within our province that has geographical, cultural, and service related diversity. Our research will help these diverse communities to understand what stroke survivors and their community need, and the approaches that they think are required to meet these needs, recognising their specific circumstances . Only then can meaningful development of support and services take place. Our collaborative approach which identifies and brings together stakeholders will start the process of partnership development. We will apply for further funding to support and implement the research findings.

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

The Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative

Coastal communities in BC are facing a number of pressing challenges that are affecting the health and well-being of local people. These challenges include climate change, loss of community infrastructure, competition over marine space, loss of access to fisheries and complex marine management plans. Local communities can feel the impacts of these pressures in very real ways through loss of livelihoods, declining economies, outmigration of youth, loss of food security, and health challenges. It is important that coastal communities continue to thrive and maintain an active presence on the water. This participatory action research project asks “How can coastal communities continue to thrive?”

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

Side by Side: Improving the care system to improve the health and well-being of youth who use crystal meth

In January 2020, our team hosted the ‘Side by Side Summit: A community dialogue’ with 17 diverse youth who use meth in Vancouver to engage in a community dialogue in which we collectively identified an overarching research question: How can the care system be adapted to improve the health and well-being of youth who use meth? The proposed community-based research activities will build directly on both the community capacity and findings identified from the Side by Side Summit, engaging youth who use meth and stakeholders in each step of the project. Specifically, the current proposal aims to identify new strategies to improve health and social outcomes among youth who use meth.

Navigating Sex Work Spaces: COVID-19 and Beyond – An Arts-Based Participatory Research Project to Delineate Pathways beyond Criminalization

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified sex workers’ health & labour inequities. This study aims to address the question of how COVID-19 and the overdose epidemic intersect with evolving laws and policies regulating sex work (e.g. federal laws, municipal licensing, policing) to shape occupational health and safety conditions in different sex work environments (e.g. online; street-based; indoor). Using arts-based methods this participatory action research project will showcase the nuanced experiences of Metro Vancouver’s sex work community with the goal of increasing sex worker visibility and delineating pathways beyond criminalization.

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.