Awarded Grants

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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.

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.

Building supportive social networks to advance the mental health of women affected by violence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

This project will design and test an innovative peer-led outreach intervention to improve social supports among highly vulnerable women experiencing significant mental health issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Our team’s earlier research illustrated that isolation and loneliness are negatively impacting women’s mental health, leaving them vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and worsening mental health concerns. We will build on the capacity of current services to learn if and how implementing a peer-led program that integrates core elements of social visiting facilitates women’s social supports and connectedness and reduces the despair and loneliness associated with isolation.

A Community Research and Engagement (CoRE)-Lab approach to mobilize systems that support healthy social and emotional well-being among children in BC

Across communities in British Columbia, there are increasing numbers of young children who experience social and emotional vulnerabilities, which are associated with numerous health and social challenges that may present across the lifespan. In partnership with 3 communities, we will investigate the dynamic, complex system impacting children’s social and emotional well-being. We will identify the interplay of systems-level factors that are operating and the networks necessary to respond to key systemic issues. Co-development of a community toolkit will result in a plan and set of resources for continued knowledge generation and evidence-based, community-specific action.

University of Victoria

Community Voices on ‘Tapping into Tech’: Fostering Equity for Children with Disabilities/Medical Complexity in Northern and Rural British Columbia

In rural and northern BC young disabled/medically complex children’s inequitable access to early child development (ECD) has negative impacts on children, families and communities. How can community voices inform the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to address ECD inequities for this vulnerable child population? Tailoring ICT to the diverse contexts and lived realities of this population and ECD agencies and providers is central to this participatory project. The co-designed research and action by a Community Council will ensure that this project informs the implementation of supportive practices and policies and sustainable system change to reducing ECD inequities.

Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Primary Care Providers to be Instigators of Change in Hearing Health Care Practice

Untreated hearing loss affects health-related quality of life with links to social isolation, depression, and reduced financial security. For adults with concerns about their hearing, primary care providers (PCPs) are often a first point of contact for help-seeking, and yet for reasons that remain unclear, PCP referrals to hearing health care are inconsistently and infrequently practiced. We will use a community-based participatory action research approach to identify reasons for lack of referral and delineate strategies to empower BC PCPs to be key instigators for increased, timely uptake of hearing health care by individuals with hearing concerns.