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UBC - Department of Psychology

Promoting Healthy Aging through Intergenerational Programming (Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi)

This planning grant takes an innovative approach to health promotion in an aging population by capitalizing on the important role of social factors. Specifically, we will develop community-based intergenerational programs that harvest older adults' skills and needs to leave a lasting legacy while at the same time increasing leisure time physical activity such as "purposeful walking" as well as providing cognitive stimulation. Therefore, intergenerational programs have the potential for high "buy-in" because they contribute to older adults' purpose in life and simultaneously foster health-promoting behaviors that are well known to contribute to healthy aging. The project stems from a need to develop sustainable programs that will promote the health of a growing population of older adults, while supporting the social and academic development of children from immigrant and low-income families. This project will explore facilitators and barriers to intergenerational programming in the local context, from the perspectives of program administrators, parents of young children, and older adult program participants. We will do this through focus group discussions, a symposium, and participatory research methods. We will then use the knowledge gained to develop feasible, evidence-based implementation strategies for intergenerational programming that will, in turn, form the basis of a larger program implementation project. Research Team: Dr. Christiane Hoppman/Ms. Sandra Petrozzi

UBC - Faculty of Dentistry

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness with Peer Support

Growing Great Kids Out of Homelessness With Peer Support proposes training & employing women who participate in programming at EFry as peer project advisors. Through the opportunity to experience themselves as co-creators of safe, supportive environments, women & children can restore their health & well-being while offering invaluable expertise regarding innovative approaches that have the potential to shift the paradigm of mother-child separation within correctional settings & beyond. Led by women affected by the issue, this participatory research project will create new knowledge & contribute to new policies necessary to make it possible for all people to not only matter but to thrive.

UBC - Faculty of Forestry

Visualizing Urban Futures with Community Energy

Public understanding and behaviour change on energy use is critical to reducing carbon footprints and building resilient communities. Since the idea of low-carbon community-wide energy systems is new in Canada, most people have little idea how typical neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver can be retrofitted to be climate friendly. CALP proposes to engage communities, using compelling new visualisation tools to actively involve non-experts in learning about community energy. This proposal builds on an ongoing research study with Neptis Foundation and the GEOIDE Network Centre of Excellence, which is developing prototype visualization tools - "digital stories" about community energy, based on data in two pilot BC municipalities: Richmond and Surrey. This project will help build awareness and community capacity for climate change solutions. It will involve multiple stakeholders in developing a visual information toolkit for use in demonstrations, workshops, and web media to reach the "silent majority" who are often not engaged in social learning and community decision-making.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Development of Humane Wildlife Control Accreditation Program

BC is known internationally for its diverse fauna, flora and landscapes; however, human activity can endanger wild animals and their habitat. Often to resolve human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife control is undertaken. This generally involves considerable animal suffering and can cause harmful environmental and non-target impacts. Although much research on control methods exists, this has yet to be translated into evidence-based codes of practice or standard operating procedures in Canada. As a result, there is no accepted set of methods that are regarded as “humane” for both lethal and non-lethal practices. The need for this type of credible standard has been expressed by the BC SPCA, the pest control industry, property owners and management companies, as well as by other Canadian and international animal welfare organizations. The beneficiaries of this project thus include the public, humane and conservation organizations, and the millions of wild animals subject to control practices every year in Canada. The UBC AWP is a leader in promoting welfare within conservation activities, recently hosting the 2015 Compassionate Conservation conference. In 2015, the UBC AWP also began development of evidence-based standards for humane wildlife control and is now seeking funding to test an innovative social enterprise opportunity. The project will continue a strong partnership with the BC SPCA, translating academic knowledge to operational standards and an accreditation program.

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

Building Resiliency: Growing Food and Farmers

Four-Season Food Literacy: Hands-On Training for Farmers & Eaters (FSFL) will provide season extension education & training for aspiring & established farmers, gardeners, urban farmers and the general public. By modeling 4 methods of protected agriculture (hoophouses, high & low tunnels, and cold frames) we will provide the basis for hands-on workshops on season extension for all growers. The curriculum of our Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) will be diversified to include season extension practices and we will expand the physical space used for farmer training. The increased scope of the PSA will help us provide aspiring agriculturalists with high-quality, hands-on, experiential training in ecologically based growing methods that will prepare them to meet today’s farming challenges. We willl present workshops to the general public that will equip Vancouverites with the necessary skills to eat locally year-round. FSFL has the overarching goal of creating a more food & farming literate population that can grow & eat more food year-round, increasing local food system resiliency.

UBC - Learning Exchange

Contributing through Computers Pilot Project

The goal of this project is to raise the overall digital literacy in Vancouver’s DTES and surrounding neighbourhoods, while building confidence and a range of skills in facilitators. The Learning Exchange will train and support 80 local residents to take a leadership role in the community by delivering free computer classes to people with little or no computer skills. By creating opportunities for facilitators to lead workshops, the project will ensure people have the IT skills increasingly needed to function in our technology-dependent world.

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Beginning with the Seventies: Activism, Art & Archives

Our project will consist of three consecutive exhibitions, public programs and events, an online resource and book publication. Recognizing the resurgence of interest in social movements of the 70s: we will present Alexandra Bischoff’s reconstruction of the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore (1973-1996), including its inaugural inventory. Connecting with activist organizations and their archives as a resource: we will present a new collaboration by Marianne Nicolson and Althea Thauberger, supported by Union of BC Indian Chiefs researcher Robyn Laba. Recognizing that our collections do not reflect the diversity of art practices in the region: we will work with other institutions to explore our collections as a porous public resource in order to develop alternative narratives. Generating study and exchange between and among multiple generations of artists and activists: we will present new work by Dana Claxton, Ethel Gardner, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective based on research into the Service, Office and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada (SORWUC). Embracing the idea of intergenerational citation in feminist, Indigenous and other cultural traditions: we will hire emerging artists and archivists and create opportunities to bring diverse communities together in dialogue. Together, the project destabilizes established narratives of contemporary art; opens up conversations about collections, and creates new research to leave as a legacy in the public record.

Beginnning in the Seventies: Women and Activism

We will begin by engaging two researchers to assist with the field work of reaching out to those managing archival collections of organizations such as the women’s print company and publisher Press Gang; Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, VIVO, anti-violence organizations such as Rape Relief, WAVAW, Kinesis magazine, Isis collective, among others. Individuals with ties to existing and defunct organizations will be contacted, and using simple communications tools such as social media and online platforms, a community of interest will be initiated. An investigation of artistic projects centred on activism will form a parallel body of research to be explored for potential commissioning opportunities. We will look to contemporary and earlier practices, focusing on overlapping concerns, methods, and media. Methods of self-organized discussion will be explored, such as Open Space technology – a mechanism through which participants themselves determine the questions to be addressed in face-to-face gatherings. At the culmination of the development period in late spring 2016, the Belkin Gallery will host an exchange event with opportunities for the community of interest to socialize and discuss their experiences in activism and cultural production, the relationship of these practices to the art scene of the 1970s and beyond. This gathering will use self-organized discussion models to determine the key questions to be asked and addressed, and a dinner will close out the event.

Tom Burrows (title to be confirmed)

This exhibition looks at six decades of work by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows who has made an important contribution to Vancouver's legacy as a leading centre for visual art in Canada. The exhibition will be based on works in the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery accompanied by other works from public and private collections across Canada as well as those belonging to the artist. As a survey of this artist's oeuvre, the works will span from the mid-1960s to the present. The funds we are applying for from the Vancouver Foundation will be dedicated to a publication that will accompany this exhibition. The catalogue will be an analytical, but accessible, forum for a discussion on Burrows's work, and it will address the myriad issues that have played roles in his art, among them sustainable housing, socio-political concerns, early performance art, alternative architecture, and testing the aesthetic boundaries of abstraction.

Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art

The exhibition 'Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art' will present artists who have produced work arising from the history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in Canada. It coincides with and is related to, yet independent from, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event that will take place in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. It will also be an important component of the UBC First Nations House of Learning programming around this event. The planned exhibition will include ten to fifteen artists from British Columbia and across Canada who have produced a substantive body of artwork addressing Indian Residential Schools. It will be cross-generational and include iconic artworks by artists who directly experienced Indian Residential Schools such as Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Beau Dick, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Faye Heavyshield, and Alex Janvier as well as those artists who are witnesses to its residual impact such as Chris Bose, Cathy Busby, Lisa Jackson, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry

Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry examines paintings, sculpture, photography and film produced by Morris in 1968/1969 around the time he organized an important exhibition of concrete poetry at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in 1969. The exhibition will include concrete poetry from the Belkin’s collection of approximately 2,000 items (including ephemera, prints, posters, broadsheets, objects, books and catalogues), as well as works borrowed from public and private collections. The exhibition recognizes Morris’ immense contribution to the development of Vancouver as a global contemporary art city.

UBC - Museum of Anthropology

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

The exhibit will explore how urban Aboriginal youth aged 15 - 24 engage with and transform their own traditions and urban youth culture through contemporary art work, multi-media, film, fashion, music, and performance. A 'video' wall, a new medium or digital 'canvas' will also be developed for youth to display their artwork. The exhibit's primary focus is on Vancouver, a major meeting space for urban Aboriginal youth. The exhibit looks at the unique ways that they are claiming space for themselves, their relationship to the city and their response to current social, cultural and political issues like Idle No More. It will also highlight the role of social media in connecting urban Aboriginal youth and creating spaces for them to tell their own stories. A blog is therefore integral to the project and will play a play a key role in getting the word out and in project evaluation. The exhibit includes an off-site contemporary installation at the Urban Native Youth Association per attached support letter.

UBC - Office of Research Services

Supportive Movement

This project aims to leverage physical activity to improve the quality of life for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. Through participatory action research, we will create, implement, and evaluate trauma and violence informed physical activity programming and resources to address community identified barriers and develop practical tools for organizations to enhance programs and experiences for women. Addressing individual and systemic changes may support this population in being physically active, create greater social cohesion in the DTES, and improve health and overall quality of life for pregnant and parenting women and their children.

APPlying Mobility: Supporting Physical Activity for Marginalized Pregnant and Parenting Women

In order to address physical inactivity for marginalized pregnant and parenting women, we will need to gather further information, meet with key stakeholders, including service providers and women from the community, in order to solidify a prototype of a social innovation. The researchers agreed that the development of a physical activity and healthy living app to reach highly marginalized pregnant women should be strongly considered. We will determine how app development can be approached to best meet the needs of this particular community. Further the content, accessibility, and deliverability of such a resource will be assessed. The following plans/questions, which were discussed with Sheway, a community organization on the DTES, will guide the development process to address physical inactivity with pregnant and parenting women who are marginalized by poverty, racism, substance use, and trauma: 1. Conduct a community review of resources/programs that focus on physical activity for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. 2. Establish relevant community partnerships for research and development 3. Assess current health and physical activity behaviours of women in the community 4. Determine what participants identify as barriers/facilitators of physical activity 5. Determine what community members identify as culturally safe and trauma and violence-informed physical activity 6. Determine what participants need to feel supported in being physically active

Fair Play 4 Children and Families in Vancouver's Inner City

To better understand this social issue and identify community priorities and goals, we propose a development project aimed at exploring community members’ and key stakeholders’ perspectives on the challenges children and families living in Vancouver’s DTES experience in relation to play and potential actions for enhancing meaningful play opportunities. This process will include: 1. An experienced community engagement coordinator and project assistant will initiate sensitive and respectful engagement of a broad, intersectoral group of stakeholders and community members. The specifics will be shaped by community dynamics and identified needs, but may include a variety of community workshops/gatherings aimed at facilitating an inclusive process for identifying community priorities, creating an action plan to address the various social and structural determinants currently hindering meaningful play in this community, and organizing a community action group that will work to enact the identified plan. 2. Part-time employment of two community member co-leads (possibly youth who have an expressed interest in developing advocacy skills) will build community capacity for facilitating community engagement activities. 3. A summary report outlining community-driven priorities and action plan.

Promoting access to care for women affected by intimate partner violence in the Downtown Eastside

The research project will test an innovative trauma informed outreach intervention to promote access to support services among highly isolated and vulnerable women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Our team’s earlier research identified many women experienced limited access to anti-violence and other health and social services necessary to prevent IPV and reduce its deleterious effects (e.g., poverty, homelessness, HIV, mental illness). Although supports exist barriers remain due to isolation, control by partners, knowledge gaps about services, and negative care encounters in formal clinical settings. Outreach activities are needed to connect support workers with women in ways that are non-harmful or re-traumatizing. This reflects a growing body of international inter-disciplinary research calling for trauma-informed care and services for vulnerable populations. Other research with women experiencing IPV demonstrated trauma-informed outreach facilitated access and uptake of services with direct health and wellbeing benefits. Through a participatory action research (PAR) approach involving researchers, health and social service leaders/staff and women experiencing IPV we will build on the capacity of current services to learn if and how integrating a trauma informed approach to outreach services facilitates women’s connections with health and social services and improves service coordination to address the populations’ needs.

Improving employment outcomes for youth with mental illness in British Columbia

In BC, mental illness affects 1 in 4 young adults aged 15-24 years. At this stage, youth are typically completing school and/or skills training, and laying the foundation for a stable future. For youth with mental illness, challenges at school, home, and community are compounded by stigma and fragmented resources, resulting in low graduation rates, high unemployment, and poor health outcomes. Locally, the YMCA and Granville Youth Health Centre (GYHC) identified gaps in how youth with mental illness develop job skills and enter employment. They partnered to deliver an innovative program called Y-BEAT to provide employment support for this group. UBC has partnered with the YMCA and GYHC to test the effectiveness of Y-BEAT. The 16-week Y-BEAT program offers health, social, and employment skills education, including supported job placement. It differs from other employment programs because it enables youth to concurrently achieve their employment goals while successfully self-managing their illness. GYHC offers integrated health and social services. The YMCA’s employment programs served 139 youth last year, of which 31% identified mental illness as the primary barrier to obtaining work. Y-BEAT brings together these existing services and will be offered 4 to 5 times/year over the next 3 years. In collaboration with the Y, GYHC, and participating youth, our project will measure health, social, and employment outcomes of youth, summarize lessons, and disseminate findings broadly.

Generation Squeeze Public Engagement Strategy

The social and economic inequalities facing children, youth and families today are grounded in a generational inequity. As younger Canadians finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, they are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less time and a deteriorating environment, even though our economy produces more wealth than ever before. While governments use this economic wealth to adapt policy for others, including our aging population, they continue down a path that leaves less and less for younger generations. To address this inequity we need a collective voice with the political clout required to reduce the squeeze. That's why we plan to build an organization like CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired Persons) that is driven by and speaks up for younger Canada, and is self-sustaining. While we are generating interest across the country, this grant will specifically facilitate Engagement Organizing in BC, reflecting our commitment to including younger generations in creating A Canada That Works for All Generations.

The Youth Injection Prevention YIP Project (Dr. Jane Buxton)

This project will disseminate the results of ten focus groups (FGs) and fifteen interviews with 60 street-involved youth aged 15-24 years in Metro Vancouver region, Nov 2009-March 2010. The FGs/interviews explored resiliency factors from the youth’s perspective, services available to reduce harms from drug use and perceived barriers to accessing these services. A team of 6 youth participated as co-researchers providing input into script design, co-facilitating FGs, performing data analysis and presenting at National conferences and local partnership meetings. These youth will continue to be involved in this project 1) Conduct 5 interactive community workshops (one in each health authority) to present the findings of the previous study to the local youth. These workshops will be led by one member of the YIP youth team, a research coordinator and a local youth from the respective health authority. 2) Feedback from youth participants at the workshops will be used to compare/contrast issues and experiences of local youth in their communities with those identified by Metro-Vancouver youth. 3) Create a DVD showing the process of youth engagement and empowerment. 4) Create a website, on-line forum and face book. 5) Produce a community friendly summary report and fact sheet re findings in Metro Vancouver and similarities and differences in other regions. The report will also be individualized for each community we visit so they can obtain some information specific to their needs.

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.

An Action Plan for Sustainability of TCARE: Building Health-Care Navigation

This new project, adapted from the innovative nurse-led navigator TCARE project funded by Vancouver Foundation in 2013-2014, will now sustain a volunteer model for care. The purpose of this project is to pilot the use of trained volunteers who are partnered with a nurse mentor, to provide navigation services for older adults living in rural communities with life-limiting chronic illness. These rural, older adults often live isolated in the community with little knowledge of, or access to, vital services. The navigation concept is an innovative model for addressing their needs, and there are now a set of navigation competencies to guide this new role. After receiving specialized training, volunteers will provide navigation services to frail, rural, older adults for one year. In their navigation role, they will: advocate for the patient and family; facilitate connections with the community; coordinate access to services and resources; and facilitate active engagement. A comprehensive evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the volunteer navigator role will be conducted.

Palliative Care without Borders: Trail/Castlegar Augmented Response (TCARE) Project

Dying, when complicated by uncontrolled symptoms and without the benefit of specialized palliative resources, is traumatic for all involved and leaves a collective community memory. Local community members and care providers in the regions of Trail and Castlegar have identified a critical need for a community-based team approach to respond to the significant challenges that exist in providing high quality, cohesive rural palliative care. UBC Okanagan School of Nursing faculty member, and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Barb Pesut, along with community health nurse, bereavement counselor, and Trail Hospice Society board member Brenda Hooper, are currently engaged in building connections with local health and palliative care professionals and volunteers so as to provide an integrating link for patients and families to community resources. This multi-sector team will work to create a sustainable model of care that will provide coordinated and accessible end-of-life support, impacting the quality of care, and ultimately the quality of life, for dying individuals and their families.

Aboriginal Mentorship Program

Some Aboriginal students face challenges when returning to their communities. Both communities and students often feel that students’ new skills and knowledge were not developed through an indigenous lens. This project identifies and mitigates breakdown points, and helps students share what they’ve learned with their community. Using a structured, three-month mentorship model, students develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a community development program while building relationships with their community.

UBC - School of Population & Public Health

Supporting the Achievement of Health Goals with Formerly Incarcerated Men

The John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC) and UBCs Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) share a deep commitment to improving the health of previously incarcerated individuals. Incarcerated populations suffer vast health inequities compared with the general Canadian population, and 90% of incarcerated individuals are male. This community-based participatory research project aims to answer the question: what are the facilitators and barriers to achieving health and successful reintegration for men leaving federal correctional institutions in BC? All members of the project advisory committee (PAC), including academic, community, and individuals with lived incarceration experience, will work together in the design, execution, analysis, and sharing of research findings. This participatory project will build employment and educational capacity among individuals with incarceration experience, thus addressing a known barrier to reintegration. In the longer-term, this project has the potential to: enhance understanding of the health trajectories for men as they leave prison; create new knowledge that will enhance the current body of academic health literature; facilitate the development of health recommendations and resources for prison-specific organizations regarding what additional services they might facilitate for their clients; and, develop policy recommendations for Correctional Services Canada (CSC) regarding their health discharge planning procedures.