Awarded Grants

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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.

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.