Awarded Grants

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Archway Community Services

Accessing Food for People with Lived or Living Experience of Homelessness

A key contributor to health is having enough and consistent nutritious food to eat.People with lived or living experience of homelessness (PLLEH) are at risk of poorer physical and mental health due to inter-related housing, employment & food insecurity.PPLEH are often omitted from national household food security surveys as they focus on households with a fixed address.This research project will include qualitative focus group discussions which will inform the development and use of a quantitative survey questionnaire. This research will inform local interventions for those experiencing food insecurity and will produce insights into food security issues among PPLEH throughout BC and beyond.

BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs

Identifying Barriers for Pregnancy Outreach Programs to Engage and Retain Pregnant Participants in BC

Engaging with hard-to-reach pregnant participants has always been a priority for POP workers as they work towards improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable and marginalized. Challenges have only been exacerbated due to years of under-funding and the pandemic. In collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health, BCAPOP will work alongside our community to begin to unpack the complex health issues surrounding the urgent questions being brought forward about the significant decrease in pregnant people accessing POPs. We will develop a research question and create participatory action research plan to access further funding.

Community-Based Research Centre Society

“Why not my whole self?” Exploring health system navigation for 2SLGBTQ+ people living with chronic health conditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear and exacerbated the barriers that 2SLGBTQ+ people living with chronic health conditions face. How do our communities understand and navigate the health care system in BC, and what is needed for the health care system to view, understand and appreciate our whole selves? Informed by principles of disability justice, we will build an advisory circle of people with lived experiences, and build a framework for research practices grounded in access, anti-racism, and anti-oppression. We hope this framework can be a model for qualitative research by and for communities experiencing intersectional oppression.

Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses

Addressing the Intersections between Brain Injury and Mental Health/Addictions in BC: Consensus Building Days & Research on Identification and Management

An estimated 180,000 British Columbians have a brain injury and this number is growing. There is a direct correlation between brain injury, mental health challenges, substance use/addictions, homelessness, criminality, incarcerations, and domestic violence. These social issues are being looked at separately with brain injury being the most underserved, yet the root cause of the problem. Determining an evidence-based Consensus on community priorities to integrate brain injury, mental health, and addiction services which are accessible, equitable, client-centered, wellness focused, diversified, and culturally safe will strengthen the health of BC communities.

Great Zimbabwe Cultural Society of BC

How Social Determinants of Health Contribute to Deteriorating Health of Black Immigrant Communities in Vancouver

The deterioration of black African immigrants' health (Healthy Immigrant Effect) and the associated high poverty rates require empirical research to be better understood. Although hospitalization statistics exist, other health issues are underreported for several reasons, thus distorting the data. Culture seems to be one of the reasons. Certain ailments are considered minor, and people don't seek timely intervention. Some of these illnesses include diet-related illness and sleep disorders. Additionally, there is a stigma surrounding conditions like stress, depression, mental health, and HIV, so people only seek medical attention when they have no other choice.

Institute for New Economics

Gitxsan Health Asset Mapping and Cultural Resurgence

The Gitxsan Health Asset Mapping and Cultural Resurgence will reconnect Gitxsan wilps with the ancestral homelands we were removed from. These homeplaces are thought of as living beings; brdiges to our renewed health and well-being. It is important to note that it takes work to help Canadian (settler) society understand why getting back to the land is of profound concern regarding critical cultural healing and wellness. This project is a small but meaningful leap in the direction of what actionable reconciliation means in Canada and BC by confronting old prejudices and notions regarding Indigenous land and cultural healing.

Okanagan College

A Community Approach to Building a Lived Experience Circle

Homelessness negatively impacts the health of individuals and communities, however the voice of people with lived experience (PWLE) of homelessness is absent in policy and programmatic decisions. This research looks to support a Penticton Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness (PLECoH) to systematically include these missing voices. An interdisciplinary research team including representation from PWLE, local first nations, and other key stakeholders will host a series of focus groups to understand how and when the voices of PWLE can be included in policy and decisions. Results will be validated by stakeholders with the recommendations provided to the community.

Pacific AIDS Network

Small Urban, Rural and Remote (SURR) Harm Reduction: Research development for innovators on the frontlines

There is a need to better understand best practices in harm reduction services in small urban, rural and remote communities. Likewise, barriers to harm reduction in these communities exist in the form of systemic behaviours, including stigma, geographic inequities (I.e. long travel times, few providers in home community) and lack of resourcing. This is underscored by the high rates of overdose in small communities throughout BC. Through development of a cross-provincial, virtual Working Group of community partners, we intend to learn from each other and identify research questions that will lead to systemic change for people who use drugs in BC’s small urban, rural and remote communities.

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Social Determinants of Food Health for Immigrant and Refugee Women in BC

Nutrition and community participation are crucial to immigrant and refugee women’s physical and mental health and sense of belonging and agency. However, they face challenges of a new country and food system and systemic barriers (e.g. income, trauma, literacy, childcare). Our project examines social determinants of food access, food literacy, and food system participation. Led by immigrant and refugee women, we centre lived experiences to understand systemic behaviours and use policy research to identify gaps. Our research culminates in action plans to reduce food-related barriers for immigrant and refugee women through culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and community-based practices.

Sources Community Resource Society

Food Justice Convening for Surrey

Food insecurity holds a significant negative impact on individual health outcomes. Individuals experiencing food insecurity are more likely to report poor or fair self-rated health, poor functional health, restricted activity, and multiple chronic conditions. (Vozoris and Tarasuk, 2003). As part of the process, SOCS will use an Anti-Black Racism Analysis similar to the one developed by the City of Toronto to confront anti-Black racism. SOCS strives to achieve dialogue-based decision making, where open and informed discussion can build a common understanding and inform the best route forward. Through Collective Impact, SOCS strives to create an environment wherein all voices are respected.

St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver

Working collectively to respond to substance use challenges in the qathet region

Rural and remote communities have experienced the overdose crisis in ways not well understood by urban researchers. This makes responsive and effective programming more elusive, compounding dangerous and isolating stigma felt by people who use drugs in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. By identifying rural-specific barriers and investigating access challenges to opioid agonist therapy programs, we will work collaboratively to adapt services to address social, structural, and environmental factors and to bolster long-term health determinants across the qathet region, where we have strong collaborative relationships, making it relatively easy to influence systems change.

University of British Columbia

A mixed methods project to address systemic racism in health care among African-Canadian people living with HIV in BC

African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities living with HIV in Canada are disproportionately affected by racism, discrimination and HIV stigma. We propose to launch a novel mixed methods study to address ongoing barriers to health services access among African-Canadian people living with HIV in BC. The proposed project will explore the gendered experiences of racism, discrimination and HIV stigma in the health care system of African-Canadian people living with HIV; and will identify the core components of a peer navigation program to address the effects of gendered racism and discrimination in the health care system among African-Canadian people living with HIV.

I-HEART = Indigenous Healing through Empowerment, Advocacy, Resistance & Transformation: Ending gender-based colonial violence for Indigenous Women, Girls & 2SLGBTQQIA+ People in British Columbia

Our questions reflect the critical role of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society in BC (IRSSS) for community-based services to reduce the ongoing harms from Indian Residential School and gender-based colonial violence in Canada and missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIWG). Our health-related questions will help IRSSS show the impact of IRSSS-MMIWG programming currently being implemented, identify related programming facilitators, barriers, strengths, and gaps for cultural support, healing, wellness, justice and advocacy, and identify resources and programing needed to prevent Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People from becoming missing and murdered.

Kwak'wala on and of the land: Strengthening mental health, identity and belonging for Young People and Elders through language with the 'Namgis First Nation

We are investigating how to strengthen holistic health and wellbeing for ‘Namgis youth, Elders and the wider community during & beyond COVID-19 through youth and Elder-led Kwak’wala language revitalization and land-based programming. Our past research shows how wellbeing for the ‘Namgis is rooted in relationships, culture and community, and is embodied, holistic, collective, and inseparable from land, history, and language; however, the pandemic has disrupted cultural practices, language learning and land-based activities. Our findings will generate Kwak’wala language and land-based curricula for digitization and intergenerational knowledge sharing and youth empowerment.

Uprooting Pharmacy: A Two-Eyed Seeing Path for Change

This project seeks to uproot colonial and systemic issues in pharmacy that have led to discriminatory practices experienced by Indigenous patients, by exploring the question: what are the culturally safe principles for integrating Indigenous and western worldviews in the decolonization and Indigenization of community pharmacy practice? This investigation is made meaningful by examining the perspectives of those most impacted: Indigenous patients, Indigenous care providers, and Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Outcomes of this research will be actionable to the benefit of partnering Indigenous organizations and will have transformative implications for pharmacy and Indigenous health.

University of Victoria

Community-Based Participatory Planning to Explore Mental Health Care Experiences for Trans and Gender-Diverse People: Directions and Goals for Future Research to Improve Mental Health Systems

Transgender and gender-diverse people deserve more than gender-affirming care. They face disproportionate levels of violence and trauma, leading to increased need for supportive mental health care. Despite this distinct need, many transgender and gender-diverse people face discrimination and barriers when accessing mental health care. Without reliable and competent care, mental health care settings can traumatize transgender and gender-diverse people. This project brings together transgender and gender-diverse community members to identify and articulate key research goals and questions for future participatory action research to improve mental health care systems for these communities.

Health and Right to Housing: Participatory Evaluation of Policies and Practices by Rights Holders with Lived/Living Expertise of Homelessness

Homelessness is a violation of human rights and a pressing health issue. The right to housing is outlined in international convents and enshrined in the 2019 National Housing Strategy Act. Through this project, we will build skills and competencies of rights holders to evaluate progress in realizing housing as a human right in policies that directly impact the lives of homeless people and make recommendations for realigning programs and policies with housing as a human right. The findings of this research will implement strategies for engaging decision makers to transform the homeless sector and human rights based responses to homelessness.

Victoria International Development Education Association

Cultivating medicine

Recognizing and implementing Indigenous led and conducted research can empower other communities to be able to develop their own research practices. Providing Indigenous communities with the tools and research materials surrounding traditional foods and diets can serve as a form of collective group therapy as they regain that knowledge. Furthermore, Indigenous communities that have access to their traditional diets have lower stress in regards to food insecurity. The food sovereignty movement is growing and can be transferred in a way of policy making.

Wet'suwet'en Treaty Office Society

Trauma Substance Misuse Collaboration

Our Nation has experienced significant loss to suicide and overdose in the last two years. The Wet'suwet'en have an interest in working with knowledge holders to more fully inform our continuum of care for those who are at risk or who are in harms way from trauma and addictions behaviours. This model to be developed will meet the need of Wet'suwet'en wherever they reside, serve members from childhood through the senior years and offer a menu of options prevention through to acute care service.