Awarded Grants

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Aquafit for All Association

What are the barriers and facilitators to providing inclusive aquatic activities for children with mental health challenges?

Studies have repeatedly shown that inclusive education improves the child's quality of life, health status, as well as income and employment outcomes, all of which are important social determinants of health for children, and contribute to their childhood experience and life trajectory. However, aquatic community programs for children with disabilities are often segregated so that children with mental health challenges are separated from peers. By having a deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators to inclusive aquatic programming in the community, we can work with co-researchers and the broader community to expand inclusion practices to programs beyond aquatics.
$19,100.00
2019

British Columbia Brain Injury Association

What are the rehabilitation and research priorities for improving quality of life among people with TBI?

Over 300,000 people live with traumatic brain injury (TBI). After injury, people experience many physical, cognitive, and mental health problems, which can last from months to a lifetime and significantly impact their quality of life. Additionally, family members, carers, and friends of people with TBI experience changes in their life due to the new roles and commitments caused by the person’s injury. Our goal is to bring together researchers, clinicians, people with TBI, carers, and policy makers to 1) develop key priority areas for rehabilitation and research, and 2) initiate transformative community rehabilitation to improve quality of life for individuals and carers after TBI.
$20,000.00
2020

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Social Connectivity in the time of COVID-19: A participatory needs assessment from the experience of racialized newcomers in Burnaby

We aim to understand how Burnaby can increase social connectivity, especially for recent newcomers from racialized communities. Through the collaboration of community members, service providers, and researchers, we aim to understand community members’ recent social experiences, the role of community programming, barriers to social connectivity, and opportunities for innovation. This project is urgent and important, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, because the learnings will be applied to improve existing service delivery, coordination of services, and implementation of new programs, ultimately boosting social connectivity and enhancing wellbeing in Burnaby.
$20,000.00
2020

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Evaluating Collective Action in the Kamloops Regional Food System

This project aims to understand how to collectively move food policies with positive health outcomes from plan to action. Much thought and engagement has been put into policies and plans in our region that provide a pathway towards a healthy and regenerative food system. However, a gap between the adoption of plans and their implementation has been identified by researchers and planners. As a result, we are first seeking to understand the role that community engagement and civic inclusion can play in supporting the implementation of policy. Secondly, we will explore how to authentically measure what matters to see what impact our efforts have.
$20,000.00
2018

McCreary Centre Society

A youth led investigation of BC adolescents’ substance use

The McCreary Centre Society and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are seeking to convene a group of young people who want to better understand how social determinants of health impact underage substance use among BC youth and how these can be addressed. Together the young people will develop specific research questions which can be answered with an in-depth analysis of data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey. The project aims to include those most likely to be impacted by harmful substance use in the design of a research project which can inform systems planning to reduce substance-related harms among BC youth.
$20,000.00
2019

MEFM Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia Society of British Columbia

Examining the Unmet Needs of British Columbians living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Mapping a Provincial Needs Assessment

This project examines British Columbians living with a disabling and neglected chronic illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to better understand ME patients’ health and social services needs. It aims to inform policy decision making, and to improve patient care and support. The Convene Grant process allows for community, research, clinical, and decision-makers to partner in the development of a provincial ME needs assessment framework and Investigative Grant proposal. The project will identify key stakeholders, data sources and methodology appropriate to this patient population. Project analysis and reporting will outline next steps to maximise a larger project in the future.
$19,975.00
2020

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Engaging the power of community: Recovery, reintegration and healthy lifestyles.

By engaging Guthrie Alumni’s skills and knowledge we will explore the systemic gaps that may exist between health and social recovery. We will examine the role of social networks in alumni recovery that may or may not lead them back into systems of addiction/incarceration. The project has ramifications for health and justice systems responses to addiction. We aim to understand the activities of the informal network that maintains Alumni’s health recovery and social success. In this phase we will collaboratively refine key issues and processes to enable the autonomous participation of Alumni. This work will help us plan a future project on systemic change to post incarceration recovery.
$20,000.00
2020

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

Speaking truth to abuse: LGBTQ elders share their stories of elder abuse and survival

LGBT seniors are at greater risk for elder abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, since they share many risk factors, some of which are connected to historic cultural prejudices. The situation is made worse because many LGBT people mistrust a health care system that has historically ignored their concerns. In this project, we will seek out survivors of LGBT elder abuse, collect their stories, and disseminate them in order to generate greater understanding of the issue among both lay people and professionals. This grant will help us apply for funding, design our project, recruit community members as patient partners, and consider ways to support survivors throughout our project.
$10,000.00
2019

Royal Roads University

A good life with dementia: collective action to enable wellbeing in the CRD

Social action to shift negative definitions and inaccurate assumptions about people with dementia is required in the CRD, as the number of people living with dementia is expected to grow in all municipalities of the region. The Centre for Health Leadership and Research at Royal Roads University and the Alzheimer Society of BC, together with people living with dementia and other community stakeholders, will convene a process of cooperative inquiry to develop the CRD as a good place to live with dementia. People living with dementia will be supported to participate as full citizens in an active role as ‘place makers’ to inform development of networked, dementia-capable communities.
$16,805.00
2019

Simon Fraser University

Eng/aging and HIV: Knowledge Exchange Between Administrative Data Study and Older Adults Living with HIV in British Columbia

To an unprecedented degree in the history of HIV/AIDS, people with HIV are living longer thanks to treatment and there is a need to understand the complexity of aging with HIV by those who live this actuality. This project engages older adults living with HIV, a care provider, and other researchers to convene as a research council. We will co-develop a research plan to examine the recent issue of aging and HIV while using an administrative health data study called COAST at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Through our Convene process, we honour the perspectives and living experiences of older adults living with HIV to shape the research questions and plan of action.
$19,480.00
2020

Stroke Recovery Association Of British Columbia

World Cafe - Community Conversations After Stroke

Stroke is a sudden event which challenges participation in life roles. Addressing this issue is challenged within our province that has geographical, cultural, and service related diversity. Our research will help these diverse communities to understand what stroke survivors and their community need, and the approaches that they think are required to meet these needs, recognising their specific circumstances . Only then can meaningful development of support and services take place. Our collaborative approach which identifies and brings together stakeholders will start the process of partnership development. We will apply for further funding to support and implement the research findings.
$20,000.00
2019

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

The Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative

Coastal communities in BC are facing a number of pressing challenges that are affecting the health and well-being of local people. These challenges include climate change, loss of community infrastructure, competition over marine space, loss of access to fisheries and complex marine management plans. Local communities can feel the impacts of these pressures in very real ways through loss of livelihoods, declining economies, outmigration of youth, loss of food security, and health challenges. It is important that coastal communities continue to thrive and maintain an active presence on the water. This participatory action research project asks “How can coastal communities continue to thrive?”
$20,000.00
2018

University of British Columbia

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.
$19,888.00
2020

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.
$17,796.70
2020

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.
$19,903.44
2020

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.
$20,000.00
2020

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.
$19,917.00
2019

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.
$20,000.00
2018

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.
$20,000.00
2020

University of Victoria

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.
$20,000.00
2020

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.
$18,860.00
2020

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.
$19,930.00
2019

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.
$13,549.27
2019

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.
$20,000.00
2019

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.
$20,000.00
2018

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