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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?”

The Good Samaritan Society

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.

University of British Columbia

Addressing Homelessness in Kelowna: Establishing Participatory Action Research Priorities

Individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, experience higher morbidity and mortality than the general population. Previous research has shown that people who are homeless consume more health care resources than the general population in particular emergency room visits and 911 services. Once health issues become chronic, reversing the problem can be costly and time consuming. Preventing homelessness prevents poor health outcomes downstream. Our series of meetings with key stakeholders will identify research possibilities aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of innovative community-based prevention interventions among at-risk individuals.

Universal for whom? Improving sexual and reproductive health access for im/migrant women living with precarity in BC.

How can we improve sexual and reproductive health for marginalized im/migrant women in British Columbia (BC)? A quarter of BC residents are immigrants or refugees (i.e., an im/migrant) and women need timely access to services like contraception and pregnancy care for their health, their families’ health, and as a basic right. Given the serious barriers faced by racialized im/migrant women living with precarity (such as insecure immigration status), this community-based collaboration aims to ensure that their knowledge guides research and identifies relevant solutions to improve access and support their right to safe and voluntary sexual and reproductive health in our universal system in BC.

Chilliwack Overdose Response Project

Our project’s goal is to help address the overdose crisis in the Fraser East region, which has been one of the hardest-hit regions in BC. To date, most research has focused on urban settings, and more rural communities have lacked qualitative research that would lead to a deeper understanding of the systemic issues tied to the crisis and give rise to meaningful, appropriate action. Convening grant funds will be used to engage additional people affected by the crisis and to develop a participatory action research plan. Partnerships will address challenges around effective practice related to supporting individuals and families impacted by the OD crisis in Chilliwack and the Fraser East.

Substance Use and Addiction Services Engagement Among Vulnerable Youth

In Greater Vancouver, the problem of youth substance use is generating unprecedented alarm in the context of an opioid overdose crisis. As attempts are made to develop a more comprehensive youth addiction services system locally, new research is urgently needed to delineate the complex individual, social, structural and environmental contexts that influence the effectiveness of different services, and to identify how these services can best be adapted to meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth. Our study integrates participatory action and qualitative research methods, and will inform ongoing efforts to improve the youth addiction services system in Greater Vancouver.

Testing a Support Model to Address Gaps in Service that Contribute to Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Vulnerability in the Okanagan Valley

Migrant agricultural workers in BC face specific and complex challenges that impact their health and wellbeing. Challenges include their precarious legal status, coercive workplace conditions, substandard housing, and health care access barriers. Although these issues are well documented, we still do not know what model can best address these concerns. Our team will test a multi-year social support model based on the guidance of migrant agricultural workers and involving the coordinated efforts of community organizations and researchers with expertise in healthcare, law, and advocacy. This research will help build local capacity to support migrant agricultural workers in the region.

University of Victoria

Enhancers and Barriers to Community Engagement at Kitsumkalum First Nation, British Columbia

A key component of healthy Indigenous identity development is engagement with one’s culture and community. However, not all members of the Kitsumkalum nation participate in community efforts to revitalize Tsimshian language and culture. Our study examines enhancers and barriers to community participation in Tsimshian revitalization because such engagement contributes to health and well-being for individuals and the community overall. A Convene grant allows the principal researchers to collaborate with community members in traditional Tsimshian ways (through feasting and drafting protocols) in order to form a viable research project.

xaqana itkini (Many Ways of Working Together): Laying the Foundation for a Participatory Action Research Project Plan

Institutional structures, discourses and norms that sustain colonialism in health systems need to be disrupted to shift power relations and meaningfully engage Indigenous peoples, knowledge systems, and approaches to wellness. Our goal is to work with Ktunaxa Nation to co-develop a participatory action research project to align the health system’s roles and responsibilities in serving Indigenous communities with culturally-informed understandings of wellness and locally-identified priorities. A Convene Grant will support our research partnership to engage Ktunaxa Elders, Knowledge Holders and citizens to co-create mutually-beneficial research priorities.

Building capacity for promoting refugee and newcomer health: a community engagement project

Currently primary healthcare services in BC do not meet the complex health needs of refugees and newcomers. These groups experience multiple barriers to accessing equitable healthcare including inadequate language support, gender-based issues and low health literacy. The settlement sector and primary healthcare sector recognize a need to work with refugee newcomer communities to understand what promotes integrated healthcare including the social determinants of health. This Convene process will develope a community advisory board to develop and build community capacity for a research project that can answer important questions about promoting equitable healthcare for newcomer communities.

Celebrating Resistance through Intergenerational Storytelling: Decolonial Participatory Research with Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-binary and Gender Diverse Children, Youth, Seniors and Elders

“Celebrating Resistance Through Intergenerational Storytelling” brings together Indigenous and allied settler researchers and community stakeholders to identify wise practices and ethical guidelines for decolonial intergenerational arts-based research with Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary and gender diverse communities in British Columbia. A focus group with Two-Spirit youth will inform a 2-day research planning meeting held on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Emerging from established relationships and community knowledge, this research planning project will revitalize intergenerational 2STNBGD relationships and inform an in-depth study on this issue.