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University of British Columbia

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.

Understanding of Pregnancy Experiences of First Nations Women with Gestational Diabetes in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth communities

Our proposed project aligns with the goals of the Convene Grants. The overall objective of the proposed project is to improve maternal health status, especially women with gestational diabetes living in the NTC communities. By understanding the gestational diabetes issue, we can generate recommendations to support and improve patient experiences and clinical outcomes and increase access to diabetes education and training. The results from the planning and focus group study phase will be used to apply for a multi-year large intervention grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Community-led Options for Access to Substitution Therapies (COAST) Project

Our team is working to understand the impacts of community cannabis programs (CCPs) on the lives of people who use drugs (PWUD) amidst dual public health crises—the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many PWUD are using cannabis from CCPs to reduce other substance use, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings, which in turn helps to reduce harms. The Convene Grant will bring together leading researchers on substance use, people with lived experience, CCP coordinators, and policy makers, to co-develop a research plan to study the impacts of CCPs on PWUD, which will help create well-informed policies and practices and empower community-led organizations to support their communities.

Healing from Trauma and Wet'suwet'en Wellness

Our project is an investigation of how the root causes of trauma impact Wet'suwet'en wellness and how Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) supports their healing. Healing from trauma, resulting from the ongoing impacts of colonialism, is critical because of its far-reaching impacts on multiple levels of individual and community life. This research will inform the wellness strategy of the Office of the Wet'suwet'en, generate awareness and action plans to address trauma through the Wet'suwet'en membership, and foster education and dialogue regarding the Wet'suwet'en context of healing to influence systems change within the local health service provider community.

Truth (through art) to power: Arts-based truth-telling to transform research and reduce inequities at the intersections of health and justice

Health and social inequities faced by Indigenous Peoples are linked to criminal justice inequities. A partnership between the UBC Transformative Health & Justice Research Cluster and Megaphone Magazine will host writing workshops, and a subsequent public truth-telling series where people affected by the criminal justice system will share their stories towards destigmatization and empowerment. Stakeholders and researchers will be invited, and a graphic recorder and filmmaker will visually collect themes. This series will provide a roadmap to shape research priorities and the development of PAR funding applications that address social, health and criminal justice inequities.

A participatory framework to support the social-emotional wellbeing of children in the early years: Developing a sustainable, coordinated and strength-based system

In British Columbia, we are observing a worrying trend of increasing numbers of young children with social-emotional vulnerabilities. Children who experience social-emotional vulnerabilities during the early years of life are susceptible to a number of negative health and social outcomes across the lifespan. Our project will convene a diverse participant network in three BC communities to develop a community-based participatory action research agenda to address systemic influences on children’s social-emotional vulnerability.

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 Northern British Columbia

Land, Health and Healing: Understanding and promoting the health and wellness benefits of Indigenous Protected Areas

Health scholars working in Indigenous health acknowledge that connection to land is an important aspect to improving health and wellbeing. Yet little research explores the health and wellbeing benefits of connections to the land, which is particularly important in light of the recent resurgence of Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. Our team is trying to understand how Indigenous Protected Areas can be understood through a lens rooted in health, healing, and wellness. This project has the potential to develop into a viable research project which examines the connections between Indigenous-led conservation initiatives and the links between land, health and wellbeing.

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.

Community Empowerment of African Migrant Women Across British Columbia

Sub-Saharan African migrant women and their families in Canada are disproportionately burdened by social and health inequities. British Columbia has one of the highest numbers of female African migrant women in Canada. How can we address these inequities created by intersections of social identities, policies, processes of oppression and privilege, and institutional practices both here in Canada and from their pre- migration contexts? Through a community-based provincial townhall meeting we will bring African migrant women and other stakeholders together to deliberate and decide on research questions to inform improvements to their daily lived experiences and that of their families.

A Community Based Participatory Project to Understand the Health Impacts of LGBTQ2S Recreational Sports on Sexually and Gender Diverse Communities

We know that LGBTQ2S people face poorer health outcomes compared to their straight and cisgender peers. LGBTQ2S people are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and to experience feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Understanding the benefits that community athletics might have in challenging these health disparities will offer new insights for healthcare practitioners committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ2S communities. The Convene process will allow the research team to gauge and explore the themes that LGBTQ2S recreational athletes identify as central to their involvement in LGBTQ2S sports spaces and how they have impacted their health and wellbeing.

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.

Understanding the contraceptive health care needs of patients in British Columbia

Most Canadian women will use some form of birth control during their lives, but contraceptive failure is common. Contraceptive failure is often the result of patients being prescribed a method they are not fully informed about how to use and that does not fit their unique needs, and leads to a significant number of unintended pregnancies each year. This grant will bring together patients, researchers, educators, and healthcare providers to develop a research project that will explore what patients need and want out of contraceptive care. This information can then inform improvements to the system in BC so that everyone who wants it has access to contraception that fits their needs.

Refugee resettlement and trauma: Developing strategies for collective action

We want to understand how culturally safe and accessible responses to trauma and violence can be effectively implemented and integrated within refugee resettlement processes in Victoria BC. Trauma and violence are frequently associated with refugee and resettlement experiences and have lasting impacts on settlement processes. Yet, resettlement services maintain a pragmatic focus on language and employment with no explicit response to mental health. The study will uniquely engage researchers, settlement and mental health service providers in Victoria and refugees to identify research questions and action priorities that will inform an in-depth research study on this issue across Canada.

“Our Trans Health Initiative”: A Community-Based Participatory Study of Transgender Population Health in British Columbia

What is the state of health for trans people across BC and is it improving? Elsewhere we know trans people have poorer mental health, worse health access, and experience greater discrimination. This is a public health and social justice issue. Our Gender Diverse Council of BC will oversee this community-based participatory research project, which has three ongoing phases: capacity building, community consultation, and data collection. Our team has extensive experience to ensure this research informs policy and programs to reduce health disparities for trans people. Half of our team are trans people and we are committed to supporting the next generation of trans researchers and leaders.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Critical Reflections on Tent Cities

People living in poverty and homeless have less access to and quality of health and social care. Yet, tent city residents and their supporters claim that tent cities improve health and well-being through secure shelter, community participation and belonging, and better access to health and social services. This convene grant will bring together people living (and formerly living) in tent cities along with those providing political, health, and social support in tent cities to identify research priorities and next steps in the fight for access to dignified and affordable housing, health and social care.

Improving Access to Palliative Approaches to Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

Homeless people die at half the age of the general population. They often die alone, in shelters, or on the streets without good care. Our research team has learned from homeless people, their families, service providers, and key stakeholders about what our community needs to improve death and dying for people without homes, money, and support. We have committed clinical resources (doctor, social work, and nursing) to improve care for these populations. Now, we want to know how best to move this project forward. To do this, we will bring together a group of people who are living and working in palliative care and homelessness to change the way that care for dying happens in this population.