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Arthritis Research Canada (ARC)

"It IS About Us". a reference manual for patients participating in health research.

Patient engagement in research occurs when patients meaningfully collaborate in the research process, taking an active role from the start in advising on a research project, project design or carrying out the research. This is important as it contributes greatly to research relevancy, credibility and accountability - issues important to patients. We propose to develop a comprehensive, user friendly manual “It IS About Us" based on over a decade of experience of ARC's Arthritis Patient Advisory Board (APAB). The Board is a diverse group of arthritis patients who have ample expertise with all aspects of arthritis research. In leveraging the knowledge and experience of their involvement in the research process, the manual will support growth and sustainability of infrastructure that will optimize patient engagement in health research. ARC has a strong history of involving patients and is believed to be one of the few research centres in the world that maintains a Patient Advisory Board to promote consumer involvement in research and knowledge translation activities. We will conduct a comprehensive and inclusive study to include all aspects of the patient concerns from their point of view to build capacity for consumer participation in research decision-making and knowledge translation activities through training and provision of ongoing education to new consumer collaborations. Currently, no standard published protocols written by patients for patients are available.

BCCDC Foundation for Public Health

Preventing syphilis among HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM)

Since 2010, there has been a 4-fold increase in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed in BC. gbMSM, specifically HIV-positive gbMSM, have carried the disproportionate burden of this epidemic. This is concerning as syphilis enhances the transmission of HIV, and people living with HIV are at higher risk of complications and more severe disease.Other bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also more prevalent in the gbMSM population, and similarly enhance HIV transmission. The environment for gbMSM has shifted significantly within the last two decades, with the advent of new drugs (from life-saving HIV medication to more recent HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) combined with changes in how gbMSM meet sexual partners. Additionally, gbMSM may be adapting their sexual behaviours to reduce their risk of HIV transmission, such as substituting oral sex for anal sex or choosing partners with the same HIV status, which have impacts on risk of STIs. Research has not kept pace with these changes, providing a need for a qualitative research study to understand the current landscape for gbMSM. As part of a larger project, researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) plan to test the efficacy of daily doxycycline to prevent new syphilis infections, and its safety and tolerability. While the biomedical aspect of the project is key, the team would focus on examining the further upstream determinants of health associated with syphilis infection in gbMSM.

City of Richmond

Cultivating Wellness Connections in Richmond

Origin- In 2008 with seed funding from the Union of BC Municipalities, Minoru Seniors Society (MSS) together with City of Richmond Senior Services (CORSS) and key community stakeholders, undertook an innovative pilot program to promote social participation and inclusion among vulnerable and isolated older adults. Adapted from leisure education and participation framework Wellness Connections (WC) received a BCRPA Provincial Award of Program Excellence, and was sustained through Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) funding. Need- WC has served more than 500 English and Mandarin/Cantonese speaking older adults over 7 years. WC plays a unique role in the network of community programs older adults facing multiple barriers to social participation and access to health services. While some are being served, many are not, and the need for high-quality programs that support independence and health is growing, while programs and services are decreasing. Project- With VCH funding for WC now at an end (March 2015), our project aims to harness and expand the successful collaborative approach to serving vulnerable older adults using a community-based participatory research (CBR) process. WC has enable us to build relationships with hundreds of vulnerable older adults in Richmond, providing an unique opportunity in involve them in further breaking down the barriers to social participation and inclusion together with a rich variety of community stakeholders.

Fraser Health Authority

Cultural Safety Policy as a Tool for Improving Access to Primary Health Care for Aboriginal People

In 2011, Fraser Health Aboriginal Health and Simon Fraser University (SFU) were awarded a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Planning Grant which aimed to investigate key primary health care (PHC) research priorities identified by Aboriginal communities in the Fraser region. Following extensive consultation with communities in the region, the most prominent finding from this project was the urgent need to address barriers communities face in accessing basic PHC services. In 2013, Fraser Health, SFU, Stó:lo Nation, and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) were awarded a Vancouver Foundation Development Grant to build on partnerships and develop a research team to further examine barriers to PHC for Fraser region communities, including the development of a research question and methodology. Community discussions were held, and community participants and partners identified lack of cultural safety in PHC as a key barrier to accessing care and achieving wellness, and named this as their top priority for new research. Throughout both projects, communities called for applied and participatory community research with a focus on policy reform to eliminate the barriers they face in accessing basic PHC. The aim of the current proposed project is to build upon the results of previous research by conducting a community-based participatory research study to examine how cultural safety can be embedded into health policy in the Fraser region.

Postpartum Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in South Asian Women

Pre-eclampsia is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease with up to seven times higher than unaffected women. This risk of cardiovascular disease can occur as early as ten years after the index pregnancy. The postpartum period is a unique window of opportunity to engage young women and address their long-term health needs. South Asian women have an already increased risk of cardiovascular and have a distinctive cardiovascular profile. South Asian women in the Fraser Health region are predominantly newly arrived immigrants who face complex socio-cultural and economic challenges and are therefore particularly disadvantaged. Our social innovation idea is to develop a specialized South Asian postpartum cardiovascular health program that respects culture and builds a treatment plan around the individual needs and values of South Asian women in the Fraser Health region. In order to design such a program, we seek to engage locally affected South Asian women in a participatory approach so that the design and delivery of the program is informed by the priorities and preferences of the women it aims to serve.

Positive Women's Network Society

Women's Health Action Research Initiative

We will engage in a series of activities pertaining to the Women's Health Action Research Initiative. Action Research is research conducted to clarify and solve current problems as well as to reflect on the very process of problem solving carried out by individuals working with others collaboratively or as part of a community to improve their methods of approaching and solving issues. The areas of activity underpinning the process we would like to undertake are as follows: 1. Research—literature review, environment scan, focus groups. 2. Knowledge development and action planning with communities—participant scope and methodology. We will determine if and when external stakeholders may be consulted, based on questions such as: What are the opinions of women living with Hep C who are not currently accessing services? What do PWN's top donors think about how the expanded organization’s mandate to include prevention programming should be carried out? 3. Convening— 4 meetings with staff, female members of PWN, invested stakeholders, experts in the field of HIV and HepC 4. Report preparation—merger of mixed methods analysis using multiple information sources into final report that recommends program strategies for supporting the reduction of HIV rates for women living with Hep C. This report will be a template that can be used for other vulnerable populations of women (e.g. Aboriginal, newly immigrated, transgendered, etc.).

Shuswap Association for Community Living

Community Building Now

The Community Building Now project will engage people with and without disability to work together collaboratively to research and identify common issues and concerns related to building better communities that creates action resulting in positive social change and ongoing influence in Salmon Arm and area that benefits the community collectively. We plan to accomplish this through Participatory Action Research to bring together a diverse group of participants to research what they and other community members would like to see change in their community that will result in a better, stronger community. Participants will receive formal training about how to create and sustain ongoing collaborative relationships, effective means to build better, stronger communities and how to implement action planning to meet the needs of diverse communities. Participants in the project will develop their personal and collective capacities by working together with the exchange of mentorship to increase their personal capacities to effect ongoing change in their community and positive impact on the community as a whole. The project will create long lasting mutually beneficial social relationships; build essential community building skills and valuable roles & working partnerships that will sustain long term influence and a legacy of a community that embraces diversity and full civic engagement.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

A novel approach to innercity drug scenes: A participatory peer program utilizing community-mindness

Inner-city drug scenes are typically tackled with repression and eviction. Since drug cultures can only be modified but not eradicated, the effects of repressive measures are frequently counterproductive to the pursued goal: Individually and socially adverse phenomena related to the scene including violence, crime, ill health, and socio-economic marginalization tend to be aggravated and the scene to turn fragmented and underground. The latter implies that the subculture becomes even less accessible for external intervention and control. The fundamentally novel and pioneering aspect of this project is to explicitly utilize rather than destroy the social structure of the scene by assessing and promoting subcultural community-minded norms and behaviors. Subcultural community-mindedness can be fostered from the sides of all involved including drug intervention, prevention, and policy, police, criminal justice, health care, and education. The project focusses on participatory peer intervention, which lies within the domain of drug intervention and employs elements of community psychology. The project is novel also insofar, as that members of the drug scene themselves will be involved centrally, as well as the community, in which the drug scene is located. Thus, the social status of drug users, who frequently encounter stigmatization and exclusion due to their illicit involvement, can be strengthened and general health, social security, and a communal spirit within the community.

UBC - Okanagan

A community ­based intervention to support belonging among the S. S. Indian­-Canadian diaspora

Project background/need: The idea for this project arose from prior research in the South Similkameen (SS) focused on understanding the experiences of belonging and mental well-being among Indian­ Canadian residents. During this pilot work, we interviewed and consulted with local residents and stakeholders. Key barriers to belonging and wellbeing that Indian-Canadians reported included 1. limited participation in local decision-making; 2. challenges in accessing culturally-appropriate services and; 3. multi-generational tensions hindering community and familial bonding. Potential knowledge/ action: Our project aim is to develop a collaborative planning strategy to launch a community-­based intervention that can address these issues and support a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing among the S.S. Indian-­Canadian diaspora. Jointly with local Indian-Canadian residents and other community partners, we will work to: 1. develop consensus on a priority area that can build a sense of belonging and wellbeing; 2. map out skills and strengths that can help us develop a strategy to address this priority area and; 3. build capacity among local residents to implement and evaluate such an intervention. These activities can change social systems by changing "basic routines" (e.g. decision­ making processes) and beliefs (e.g. assuming services can be 'one size fits all') enabling us to address root causes of exclusion and poor mental health affecting rural immigrant populations.

United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)

Stories of Our Ancestors: Intergenerational Trauma Among Chinese-Canadian Families

The traumatic narratives of Chinese immigration to Canada and its impact on future generations are mostly unknown. The silence of these migration experiences may be related to surviving collective trauma. Understanding the stigma, shame and fear of Chinese-Canadians who migrated to escape persecution, imprisonment and torture will assist Canadian health care providers to develop strategies to understand and treat pre- and post-migration trauma. Intergenerational trauma is an important construct for understanding the mental health of survivors and their families. We know that individuals and families who have suffered through significant collective traumas are unlikely to obtain professional support. Likewise, Chinese-Canadians underutilize mental health services and there is significant shame and stigma with regards to mental illness in this population. As intergenerational trauma among Chinese people is unexplored in the literature, the social innovation idea is to create a dialogue between older generations and younger generations to work across the divide of silence to bring understanding to family members by breaking the silence of the past. Once the social implications are understood we will be able to devise health care strategies to reduce the stigma and shame of seeking mental health care within this population. As intergenerational trauma is considered to be a broad social determinant of health, it has implications for education, employment, and general well-being.

University of British Columbia School of Nursing

The Sanala Solution: Fostering Namgis Cultural Continuity for Health & Social Well-Being

From 2011-2014 the Sanala Research Team has been working to mobilize Indigenous knowledge and cultural tradition and teachings for community health promotion focusing specifically on youth self-esteem and Namgis Elder social isolation (VF HMER Grant UNR10-0825). The findings from this completed study confirm the critical place that cultural identity and continuity and language revitalization hold for Namgis youth and Elders. Our findings indicate that when cultural activities are woven into the everyday experiences of youth and Elders, both groups report a greater sense of wellness, balance and connection to the community. Elders describe lower rates of depression, social exclusion and chronic pain; youth describe a stronger and more positive identity and connection known to improve mental health and self esteem that act as protective factors against crime and addiction. These findings are the basis for the social innovation proposed for this project, entitled:"The Sanala Solution". The Sanala Solution, to be refined and tested in this project, fosters cultural continuity within the community; cultural continuity is integrally connected to the social inclusion, the most poorly defined and acted upon social determinant of health in the Canadian context. The Sanala Solution will study how to bring cultural continuity, language and inclusion to interface with Namgis health and social policy and programming to effect change that is community-driven and community-led.

UVIC - Centre for Addictions Research

Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs

Our idea will engage both people who experience homelessness and problematic substance and staff who provide shelter services to look at harm reduction strategies to respond to substance use in emergency shelter programs in a new way. Currently, these settings struggle with contradictory practices, policies and beliefs. Emergency shelters provide low-threshold shelter to those who are currently engaged in substance use as well as barring substance use by residents to support those who seek to avoid substance use while also being a site for some harm reduction services but not others. The issues are complex and the shelter population is diverse and both shelter staff and residents have identified the need to do things differently.