Awarded Grants

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Cowichan Tribes First Nation

Far Too Many Preterm Births in Cowichan Tribes: Generating Knowledge to Inform Service Delivery and Strengthen Motherhood Journeys

Preterm birth results in lifelong consequences for the child and their families. Cowichan Tribes is partnering with the FNHA to respond to a recent finding that the preterm birth rate in Cowichan territory is 2-3 times higher than the average rate for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We will gather knowledge on pregnancy and birth experiences from mothers and service providers to better understand the role of the social determinants of health in birth outcomes in our community. This project will be grounded in the teachings of our Cowichan Snuw’uy’ulh (Elders) and will generate community-specific knowledge that can strengthen service delivery across perinatal care in our community.

Douglas College

Raising the Curtain (RTC) - Phase 2

What impacts do creative collaborations between arts, education and health care organizations have on individuals with the lived experience of dementia, their caregivers and the health care system as a whole? The health care system struggles to integrate projects that enlist individuals living with the experience of dementia as active contributors. A system that views people through a biomedical lens sees them only as a health issue to solve; a system that views people in their full humanity sees their capacity to participate in shaping the world around them. Individuals with the lived experience are demanding system change. This research will support organizations responding to this need.

Thompson Rivers University

Cultural Mapping the Opioid Crisis in Kamloops and Comox Valley, B.C.

The project serves as a community action partnership between researchers, social service agencies, government representatives and Knowledge Holders. It asks – How can cultural mapping as a participatory action research method applied to the opioid crisis help save lives, reduce harm, improve social and community cohesion and create systems change– beginning in the two small communities of Kamloops and Comox Valley, B.C.? The project harbors direct connections with, and commitments from, policy-making organizations, including the City of Kamloops and Vancouver Island Health Authority.

University of British Columbia

Side by Side: Improving the care system to improve the health and well-being of youth who use crystal meth

In January 2020, our team hosted the ‘Side by Side Summit: A community dialogue’ with 17 diverse youth who use meth in Vancouver to engage in a community dialogue in which we collectively identified an overarching research question: How can the care system be adapted to improve the health and well-being of youth who use meth? The proposed community-based research activities will build directly on both the community capacity and findings identified from the Side by Side Summit, engaging youth who use meth and stakeholders in each step of the project. Specifically, the current proposal aims to identify new strategies to improve health and social outcomes among youth who use meth.

Co-investigate robotic-assisted virtual care for older people with dementia

The project aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people with dementia in Long-Term Care (LTC) homes. The team takes a collaborative approach to co-investigate the implementation of a telepresence robot Double 3 in LTC to support social connection. We co-research with community stakeholders, emphasizing meaningful involvement of patient partners (people with dementia), family partners, decision-makers in Vancouver Coastal Health and representatives in Alzheimer Society throughout all phases of the research process. This research will make British Columbia a leader in robotic-assisted virtual care research, which can transform, modernize, and revitalize LTC in communities.

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.

University of Victoria

“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.

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.

Vancity Community Foundation

Making Mothers Matter: Understanding the Role of Child Care on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Lone-Mothers in British Columbia

This study will advance knowledge from the lived experiences of low-income lone mothers on the impact of BC's new child care policies on their health and wellbeing. One of two lone, female headed families in British Columbia is in poverty. Lack of childcare prevents low-income lone-mothers from accessing the labor market, obtaining education and training, countering social isolation, and moving out of poverty. BC has committed $1 billion to reduce the cost of child care including the testing of a universal child care model. This PAR will influence systems change by building knowledge, community, and social action around the role of child care in low-income lone-mothers’ health and wellbeing.