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Community-Based Research Centre Society

Life Course and Gay Men's Health: Implications for Policy and Programs (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Terry Trussler, Research Director, Community Based reearch centre Society, and Ms. Jody Jollimore, Program Manager, Health Initiatives for Men).

How is health affected by social inequities experienced over the life span of gay and bisexual men? We will undertake a mixed methods study of Gay Generations - the impact of intergenerational experiences with prejudice, discrimination and social change - also the theme of a large sample survey in 2014. This will be a life course study: examining how historical events and geographic locations shape varied experiences among gay age cohorts that result in varied health issues and needs. The survey will be programmed for longitudinal research to track participant health outcomes in future years. The idea has emerged through CBRC and HIM's engagement with gay youth and HIV prevention. Prior research noted that young men of today experience greater social acceptance but also greater homophobic violence than previous generations (Ferlatte et al. 2013). The study will examine this paradox to learn how health outcomes may be affected. The project will engage organizations province wide in the BC Gay Men's Health Summit and Knowledge Exchange activities coordinated through CBRC and HIM's websites. Knowledge about intergenerational differences will contribute to greater understanding of how to work with various age groups of gay and bisexual men – anticipating their value differences and needs. A young investigator team, composed of young people between ages 18-26, will be trained and integrated into all phases of the research. Results to be delivered in presentations at community events, conferences and popular reports. Research Team members: Dr. Rick Marchand, Co-researcher, Mr. Travis Salway Hottes, Co-researcher, Mr. David Le, Co-researcher, and Mr. Olivier Ferlatte, Co-researcher.

Douglas College Foundation

Towards community inclusion, health and well-being for individuals with lived experience of mental health (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Colleen Reid, Faculty, Douglas College and Ms. Maya Alonso, Leisure and Education Services Coordinator)

In the current context of deinstitutionalization, building a sense of community inclusion is essential for recovery from mental illness. Therapeutic recreation (TR) uses leisure and recreation in individual and group settings to foster community inclusion, health, and well-being. TR's client-centred and strengths-based approaches respect the lived experience of individuals with mental illness. Yet the field of TR, similar to many health promotion professions, has difficulty capturing the impact of its interventions. ODG's Thrive Program, which provides TR services to individuals living with mental illness, has partnered with the TR Department at Douglas College to address gaps in the literature and in practice. In this community-based participatory research project we seek to answer two questions: 1. How do individuals living with mental illness experience community inclusion, health, and well-being? 2. What are meaningful, practical, and relevant ways to represent community inclusion, health, and well-being for those living with mental illness? Individuals living with mental illness will work with undergraduate students from the College to manage the knowledge translation and exchange activities that are woven throughout this project. Project findings will be disseminated to a diverse group of stakeholders via a photo exhibit, e-newsletters, and an evidence-based tool kit that will aid in the design and implementation of TR services for people living with mental illness. Research Team members: Dr. Marina Niks, Evaluation Consultant, Ms. Sarah Moore, Co-Investigator, Dr. Wendy Frisby, Co-Investigator, Dr. Marina Morrow, Co-Investigator, Ms. Janice Spencer, Co-Investigator, Mr. Tom Burnell, Co-Investigator, and Ms. Ania Landy, Project Manager.

Fraser Health Authority

Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Aboriginal Communities in the Fraser Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Leslie Bonshor, Director, Aboriginal Health, Fraser Health Authority, and Dr. John O'Neil, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU)

This proposal outlines activities to develop a research proposal for a community-based participatory research study to examine barriers and facilitators to accessing primary health care for Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Health region. Fraser Health communities were extensively involved in the 2011 CIHR project, which identified access to primary health care as a key issue. Further community engagement for the development of a new research proposal will be conducted and additional community members and representatives will be invited to join the research team. We propose a development project from January 2014 to December 2014. The initial phase of the project will focus on community engagement and consultation as well as building the research team and further developing partnerships. The second phase will focus on reviewing the literature, finalizing research questions and writing the grant proposal. Research Team members: Ms. Kelow Edehl and Mr. James George.

Simon Fraser University

Place-Making with Seniors: Towards Meaningful Affordable Housing (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Director, Gerontology Research Centre, SFU, and Mr. Jack Mulleny, Volunteer, Kiwanis Seniors Society)

Housing that is not only affordable but also supportive of the psycho-social needs of seniors is fundamental to the health and well-being of our aging population. Community consultation has identified the need for housing interventions that build 'sense of place', ascribed through access to supports to keep mentally and physically active, opportunities to build social capital and facilitating an enhanced role for seniors in the design process. To address these needs our research will: (i) understand how sense of place is experienced by older adults transitioning into affordable housing (ii) translate resident experiences into formal and informal supports that foster meaningful aspects of place, and (iii) create a role for older people as active 'placemakers' in community planning and development. This project builds upon a strong partnership of local government, planners and developers, seniors's; services and Kiwanis seniors who are involved in the design of the affordable housing development & 'Kiwanis Towers'. The project represents a timely opportunity to build skills and capacity and embed residents' preferences in the design process. To ensure the meaningful engagement of older adults we will use a community-based participatory research approach, training residents as co-researchers and using participant-led research methods. The project will develop a Sense of Place Development Guide that has broader applicability in the design of housing supports for seniors. Research Team members: Ms. Dena Kae Beno, Project Team Member, Dr. Judith Sixmith, Academic Advisory, Dr. Ryan Woolrich, Researcher, and Mr. Brian Dagneault, Project Team Member.

Society for Affordable Housing Education, Awareness and Development

Building Supports: Equitable access to housing services for immigrant and refugee women leaving violence (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Jill Atkey, Research Director, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, and Dr. Margaret Jackson, Director, FREDA Centre, SFU)

Through a joint program of research exploring the housing barriers for women leaving violence, BCNPHA and BCSTH understood that immigrant/refugee women have unique barriers to housing. We also know that immigrant/refugee women are under-represented in transition houses, but the reasons were unclear. Little research has explored the specific barriers to housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships. The need for further research was identified by these community-based organizations. This three-phase project aims to understand the barriers in accessing short- and long-term housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violent relationships, and to examine practices and policies that can facilitate the removal of barriers to safe, secure and affordable housing. This project will address the following research questions: (a) What are the experiences of immigrant and refugee women in attempting to secure housing that is safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate after leaving domestic violence? (b) What practices can be developed to improve transition house workers’ ability to support immigrant and refugee women to access longer-term safe, affordable and culturally-appropriate housing based on the knowledge generated from question (a)? (c) What provincial and federal policy solutions can be created to reduce or eliminate the barriers that exist for immigrant and refugee women in accessing long-term housing? Research Team members: Dr. Katherine Rossiter, Researcher, Ms. Laurie Parsons, Researcher, and Ms. Hannah Lee, Researcher.

UBC - Department of Psychiatry

The Bipolar Youth Action Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, UBC, and Ms. Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia)

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious mental illness characterized by extremes of mood. As onset typically occurs in young adulthood, youth with BD are a target group for early intervention and support. There is good evidence that 'self-management' strategies can positively impact health and quality of life in adults with BD. What is missing from a research perspective, however, is knowledge about effective wellness strategies for youth with BD (i.e., the focus of this application). Evidence collected 'on the ground' also indicates that this area is a community priority; this project was catalysed by the dissatisfaction voiced by youth with BD in BC themselves. In our 'Bipolar Youth Action Project', two organisations - a research group specialising in community-engaged BD research and a BD-specific community group on Vancouver Island - will unite to fill this knowledge gap. Youth with BD will be integral to every stage of the research. For example, two youth are members of the research team, and we have already performed a youth consultation on the project methods, established a nascent 'youth action group' and identified key community collaborators. These steps demonstrate both our commitment to authentic and sustainable community engagement and the passion of the youth themselves for this endeavour. Knowledge gained will inform the development of appropriate resources to support youth self-management, leading to enhanced capacity for self-care in this vulnerable community. Reaearch Team members: Dr. Joanna Cheek, Co-Investigator, Mr. Joseph Haverty, Youth Leader, Ms. Jessica Megan Williamson, Youth Leader, and Dr. Wei-Yi Song, Co-Investigator

UBC - Department of Psychology

Building Intergenerational Communities: Motivators and Barriers for Older Adults (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Assistant Professor, UBC and Ms. Sandra Petrozzi, Manager of Family and Seniors Programs, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House).

The proposed project takes an innovative approach to combat loneliness and promote healthy aging by capitalizing on the potential of community-based intergenerational programming for providing social engagement opportunities. Facilitated by a Vancouver Foundation-funded development grant, we were able to demonstrate the broad health benefits of intergenerational programming. Furthermore, feedback from local seniors demonstrates that they are very keen to engage in volunteering that involves children. However, there seems to be a distinct gap between what seniors are already doing (volunteer activities involving peers) and what they would like to do (activities involving children). In this new, community-based research project, we would therefore like to build on the activities from the development grant and gain deeper insights into the motivations, facilitators, and obstacles to intergenerational volunteering to bridge this gap and help seniors become more socially engaged. Hence, with older adults as key partners, we aim to better understand the motivations for volunteering through participatory research using iPad minis while at the same time empowering seniors to learn new technological skills. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that reflect the needs and diversity of older adults in a local context leading to healthier, happier, and more engaged seniors in our community. Research Team members: Dr. Atiya Mahmood, Co-Researcher and Photo Voice training, Dr. Peter Graf, Co-Researcher, and Ms. Charito Gailing, Stakeholder.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Sharing our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Teresa Howell, Research Manager, Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC and Ms. Tanya Gomes, Clinical Practice Initiatives, Lead-Aboriginal Health, Vancouver Coastal Health)

This project originated out of discussions & research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that knowledge translation is important. Therefore, an underlying theme of this project is to understand the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. We will be community-guided in developing 7 holistic health circles (HC) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context for participants; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues & validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question will be 2fold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We will gather information through focus groups & interviews with participants’ about their health knowledge & practices before & after HC attendance; document their experiences of HCs & illuminate how they perceive it has affected their overall health & view of traditional health practices. Knowledge translation is also important; thus, we will also share the knowledge that we gain from this project with & between urban Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal organizations, peoples, & communities. Research Team members: Dr. Lee Brown, Team Member, Director of the Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC

University of British Columbia School of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene

Community Gardening as a Path to Well-Being (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Melinda Suto, Assistant Professor, UBC and Mr. Darrell Burnham, Executive Director, Coast Foundation Society)

The project arose as the co-leads discussed what people living with mental illness could do to improve their health and well-being. The research questions are: 1) How does participation in a community garden affect the well-being and social connections of people living in supported housing? 2) How do we engage people in a physical activity (community gardening) that encourages better health and social connections for people living in supported housing? Research and policy reports support community gardening as a catalyst for positive health; clinicians confirm the need for this type of non-medical strategy. Participants will join the advisory group; do data collection and analysis; use findings to guide changes; create and deliver knowledge translation products. Participants’ involvement in community gardening will improve physical health and access to fresh produce, decrease isolation and foster community engagement with others. There are opportunities to learn skills, share knowledge and mentor; this may encourage people to try new activities. Findings from this project will educate the public, create connections with like-minded people and shape policy decisions on future gardens. Broader knowledge contributions will occur in academic publications, which can provide evidence for the recovery model in mental health. We anticipate expanding community gardens in the region and helping people move from the margins of society to the mainstream, through a popular activity. Research Team members: Mr. Rudy Small, Research Team member and Ms. Cathy Taylor, Research Team member.

University of Victoria

Development Phase - Community Food Literacy Participatory Action Research Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor, UVIC and Ms. Linda Geggie, Coordinator, Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable).

The Development Grant will help us to bring together academic and community partners to develop the Community Food Literacy PAR Project proposal. Community practitioners have identified the need to build community food literacy. We define food literacy to be the ability to access, understand and evaluate information related to food (e.g., how to select and prepare food), including knowledge of where food comes from, its environmental impact and the connection to food through culture and society. The project will advance our understanding of how to coordinate and strengthen community food literacy programs that empower participants to increase control over, and improve their health. A multi-sector advisory group will support the project team to engage community agencies to contribute to and refine, our working definition of food literacy. We will share the information gathered through the Community Food Feasibility Study (appendix 2) in regards to current practices, gaps and opportunities to build food literacy. We will ask the community to reflect on the findings, refine and prioritize research questions, and identify the best methods to gather, share, and take action on what we learn together. In addition at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering we will determine the best methods for knowledge translation so that we can effectively share our findings. Finally we will develop a research proposal and formalize partnerships to move the project forward. Research Team members: Ms. Wanda Martin, Co-Researcher, Mr. Aaren Topley, Research Team member, and Ms. Joan Wharf Higgins, Research Student support.

Vancouver Island University Foundation

Physical Literacy Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Paige Fisher, Vancouver Island University, and Mr. Drew Cooper, PacificSport - Vancouver Island)

Complications from our sedentary lifestyles are seen as the main culprit behind this life expectancy decline. Too much screen time, an unfounded culture of fear that deem it unsafe to allow our children to play outdoors unsupervised and the absence of the simple acts of walking or riding one's bike to school are just some of the contributing issues. However it is the loss of elementary school physical education specialists that is probably the most significant factor in this demise. As a result, the fundamental skills necessary to be able to fully participate in physical activity are seen to be lacking in a growing number of children and young adults to the point where their physical health is in jeopardy. For many children, the lack of fundamental skills makes even basic physical activities an unpleasant experience thereby contributing to an even more sedentary society and putting increased pressure on an already burgeoning health care system. Just as literacy and numeracy are deemed essential tools for success in the 21st century, there are fractions within the health, education, and recreation sectors who maintain that enhancing a community's appreciation for physical literacy is essential to stem the advancing obesity epidemic.