Grants

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University of British Columbia

Healing from Trauma and Wet'suwet'en Wellness

Our project is an investigation of how the root causes of trauma impact Wet'suwet'en wellness and how Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) supports their healing. Healing from trauma, resulting from the ongoing impacts of colonialism, is critical because of its far-reaching impacts on multiple levels of individual and community life. This research will inform the wellness strategy of the Office of the Wet'suwet'en, generate awareness and action plans to address trauma through the Wet'suwet'en membership, and foster education and dialogue regarding the Wet'suwet'en context of healing to influence systems change within the local health service provider community.
$27,090.00
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

“Harms of Help”: Re-Centering Gender- and Violence-Informed Policies and Practices

The pressing issue we are addressing is: service providers’ and systems’ responses to women with overlapping experiences of gender-based violence, mental health, and substance use concerns, and the need to re-envision a systemic response across anti-violence, mental health, and substance use services. This is meaningful and necessary for women to find safety, for services to be relevant, and for systems to change. Stakeholder participation will ensure an accurate assessment of current policies and practices, and lead to a fully formed viable project plan for developing training that re-centers gender- and violence-informed care.
$20,000.00
2019

Universal for whom? Improving sexual and reproductive health access for im/migrant women living with precarity in BC.

How can we improve sexual and reproductive health for marginalized im/migrant women in British Columbia (BC)? A quarter of BC residents are immigrants or refugees (i.e., an im/migrant) and women need timely access to services like contraception and pregnancy care for their health, their families’ health, and as a basic right. Given the serious barriers faced by racialized im/migrant women living with precarity (such as insecure immigration status), this community-based collaboration aims to ensure that their knowledge guides research and identifies relevant solutions to improve access and support their right to safe and voluntary sexual and reproductive health in our universal system in BC.
$261,636.00
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

An Evaluation of Safer Opioid Prescribing (AESOP): The AESOP Study

There is a growing prescription opioid misuse problem in Canada that has been associated with epidemic rates of overdose. Hospitals have been identified as an important setting contributing to this problem given that individuals using opioids regularly come into contact with hospitals and since initial opioid use often occurs in hospitals. We propose to implement and evaluate a health systems intervention of an opioid stewardship program, which consists of a real-time audit and feedback monitoring system alongside physician education. Findings from the project will provide evidence to address inappropriate opioid prescribing which could be applied in a wide range of hospital settings.
$137,850.00
2018

Building an AnimalKind community

Any company can call itself “humane”, but how can the public be sure? AnimalKind accreditation sets the gold standard for animal-related businesses by incentivizing ethical and humane practices. AnimalKind businesses must meet science-based animal welfare standards set out in the strict program requirements and pass audits to receive the BC SPCA stamp of approval. For wildlife and rodent control, AnimalKind helps to raise public awareness that even pests deserve humane treatment. Expanding to all regions of BC could affect millions of wild animals. Scaling accreditation to pet services will positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals and their guardians in BC.
$300,000.00
2018

Substance Use and Addiction Services Engagement Among Vulnerable Youth

In Greater Vancouver, the problem of youth substance use is generating unprecedented alarm in the context of an opioid overdose crisis. As attempts are made to develop a more comprehensive youth addiction services system locally, new research is urgently needed to delineate the complex individual, social, structural and environmental contexts that influence the effectiveness of different services, and to identify how these services can best be adapted to meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth. Our study integrates participatory action and qualitative research methods, and will inform ongoing efforts to improve the youth addiction services system in Greater Vancouver.
$242,100.00
2018

Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge

Indigenous peoples play a keystone role to conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage of humanity. The Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge will chart a pathway of consciousness for a more just and sustainable tribal economies based on Indigenous food sovereignty and holistic health, and will provide an alternative to the large scale resource based extraction projects that impose contradicting cultural and socio-economic values, and place Indigenous women, children, and families at increased risk. The project will set the context for increasing social capacity and advancing policy driven by a community of regenerative practice.
$300,000.00
2018

Testing a Support Model to Address Gaps in Service that Contribute to Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Vulnerability in the Okanagan Valley

Migrant agricultural workers in BC face specific and complex challenges that impact their health and wellbeing. Challenges include their precarious legal status, coercive workplace conditions, substandard housing, and health care access barriers. Although these issues are well documented, we still do not know what model can best address these concerns. Our team will test a multi-year social support model based on the guidance of migrant agricultural workers and involving the coordinated efforts of community organizations and researchers with expertise in healthcare, law, and advocacy. This research will help build local capacity to support migrant agricultural workers in the region.
$146,639.20
2018

Mathematics First Nations and Inner City K -12 outreach

This project focuses on enabling inner city aboriginal youths in the Lower Mainland and at First Nations schools throughout BC to acquire the necessary mathematical skills to enroll in post-secondary programs in science, engineering and other technical professions. This will be achieved through a combination of activities targeting both students and teachers, including summer math camps, mentorship programs, homework clubs and teacher training workshops. In Vancouver, a year-round support network will be established for at-risk students, including: tutoring by undergraduate mentors, homework clubs and summer math camps. There will be a camp for students transitioning into high school and a separate one for seniors, where students will have an opportunity to work with scientists and other faculty at UBC. Summer camps and mentorship programs will be further expanded to First Nations schools throughout BC. In addition, regular teacher training workshops on mathematics will be organized both in Vancouver and at several First Nations schools, seeking to enhance teaching skills.
$60,000.00
2012

Communicating the Case for A New Deal for Families: Phase 2

This project builds on an existing partnership between the Vancouver Foundation, the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership, the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the YWCA of Metro Vancouver. The project aims to transform research into action to address many of the time, income, service and environmental challenges that confront Vancouver families with young children in all their diversity. Previous research shows that the standard of living for the generation raising young children has deteriorated significantly. The same research reveals that public policy has been slow to adapt. This is a bad deal for families. In the absence of policy adaption, over 30 per cent of local children start school vulnerable. Early vulnerability compromises childhood, and has adverse consequences for children’s future school achievement, health, risk of incarceration, and employment success. There is now compelling research to move from a bad deal to a New Deal for Families, including local, national and global evidence about the required policy changes. (see full document for details).
$75,000.00
2012

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

Jump Step - A participatory approach to physical activity & mental wellness (Co-lead researchers Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, Assistant Professor UBC and Ron Remick, Medical Director, MDA Psychiatric Urgent)

Note: We have adjusted the proposal title to avoid confusion with Step-by-Step, our previous pilot study of the same name. Anxiety/mood disorders can have devastating effects. They contribute more to the global burden of disease than all cancers combined(i) and 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental or nervous disorders.(ii) Members of the Jump Step collaboration have both experienced and witnessed the destructive nature of these conditions. As mental health clients or Wellness Partners as MDABC psychiatrists, as investigators, we recognize that current psychiatric treatments are often limited to psychological and/or pharmaceutical interventions. These approaches are useful but do not necessarily 1) address the person nor her/his mental health challenges within a holistic context; nor 2) focus on wellness as the primary outcome (as opposed to disease control). Wellness Partners see a need to investigate the relationship between physical activity (PA) and mental illness (we prefer mental wellness). How can we support adults, suffering from anxiety/mood disorders to engage in PA as a mechanism for promoting and sustaining holistic wellness and healthy lifestyles? Collectively, as wellness partners and practitioners/psychiatrists, knowledge users, and key stakeholders, we will design, implement, and evaluate a PA promotion study based on a community-based needs assessment & identified barriers/facilitators to PA, and the success of our pilot. Research Team: Karim Miran-Khan (UBC), David Adams (Mobility BC), Sarah Lusina-Furst (CIHR), Martin Addison (Mood Disorders Association of BC), Jennifer Davis (Post Doctorate Fellow), Christiane Hoppmann (UBC), Michael Delaney (Lawyer), Sara Vazirian (Mobility BC)
$236,996.00
2014

We Want to be Healthy: A Community Engagement Strategy to Enhance Foreign-Born, Older Adult Health and Mobility (Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould)

SVNH has been serving the needs of older adults since 1977 and has developed a strong foundation of services, supports and community engagement activities. In an ongoing effort to serve older adults, SVNH is currently leading the Seniors Hub project. The goal of the Seniors Hub project (Hub) is to create a sustainable network of programs and services to support older adults at the neighbourhood level. Through consultations with SVNH staff, the South Vancouver Seniors' Advisory Council (SAC), local seniors centres/organizations in the SVNH catchment and older adults, priorities for the Hub include understanding the needs and reaching out to under-served foreign-born populations in South East Vancouver (e.g. Vietnamese, Filipino, and Tamil seniors). In response to these identified priorities, we are particularly interested in better understanding the health and mobility needs of the under-served foreign-born older adults living in the SVNH catchment. We know that there are important and significant associations between the design of neighbourhoods, where older adults live and their ability to move within their neighbourhood. The goal of this project will be to better understand the specific health and mobility needs of foreign-born older adults in the SVNH catchment.
$153,087.00
2012

Understanding smoking cessation behaviour in Vancouver's Chinese Communities (Dr. Mark Fitzgerald/Ms. Eliza Chang)

For numerous reasons, minority and immigrant communities in Canada may be at greater risk of smoking-related illnesses. This is particularly true among immigrants from Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking communities, where smoking rates remain disproportionately high. To date, millions have been spent on developing smoking cessation interventions, but their effectiveness in diverse cultural communities has been limited, likely because of a variety of social and cultural factors. Through a series of recent focus groups, representatives of Vancouver's Chinese communities have expressed a need for more culturally sensitive strategies to support smoking cessation in their community. We plan to address this need by using community-based participatory approaches to generate new knowledge about why smokers in Vancouver's Chinese communities continue to smoke and what their smoking cessation needs are. Our study will apply a community-academia coalition model, in which a Community Advisory Council (CAC) comprising of representatives from the Chinese community including smokers and non smokers, community key-informants (well-known socially influential/ respected individuals from the Mandarin-speaking and Cantonese-speaking communities), professional groups, and knowledge-users will oversee the project. Our findings will inform the creation of community-driven culturally appropriate resources aimed at reducing smoking rates (and therefore chronic lung & heart diseases) in these communities Research Team: Milan Khara, Tobacco Dependence Clinic; Iraj Poureslami, UBC; Stephem Lam, Lung Tumour Group; Maylene Fong, Evergreen; Ka Wai Cheung, UBC; Farzaneh Osati, Canadian Multicultural Health Promotion Society
$75,000.00
2012

Prevention Matters: Reducing the Diabetes Burden in the South Asian Community (Dr. Tricia Tang/Mr. Paul Bains)

In British Columbia (BC), compared to other ethnic groups, South Asians (SAs) have the highest incidence of diabetes and have a greater risk of developing macrovascular complications [1]. BC has the second largest population of SAs in Canada and is home to approximately 168,000 residents of this visible minority group, most of whom reside in the Greater Vancouver Area. Dr. Tang has been actively involved in community-level efforts to reduce diabetes-related health disparities in Vancouver. Community feedback from her current study investigating the use of peer support to improve diabetes management revealed a critical need for initiatives also targeting DIABETES PREVENTION. In direct response, this project aims to answer the question: What are the facilitators and barriers to lifestyle change for diabetes prevention in Vancouver's SA community? By partnering with an extensive network of Gurudwaras/Mandirs and equipping community members with core research skills, we will have the infrastructure and workforce to launch a lifestyle modification 'needs assessment' involving community-wide 'diabetes risk' screenings, follow-up 'risk reduction' feedback forums, dietary and exercise assessments, focus groups, semi-structured interviews, and a SA risk registry. Knowledge gained from this study will inform the development of culturally appropriate interventions specifically tailored to address the unique challenges of Vancouver's SA community. Research Team: Arun Kumar Garg, Fraser Health; Indpreet Dharni, UBC School of Medicine; Jatinder Singh Suden, VA Kesri Publishers; Paul Bains, Pacifica Partners; Harmeet Mundra, Fraser Health; Jatinder Jati Sidhu, Greenvale Enterprises; Dr. Parmjit Sohal; Tricia Tang, UBC School of Medicine
$227,419.00
2012

Burn survivor quality of life in British Columbia: challenges and opportunities (Dr. Anthony Papp/Ms. Lisa Lacamell)

The objective of this research is to identify the fundamental barriers and facilitators to recovery and reintegration back into work and society among burn survivors living in British Columbia. Considerable research has shown that burn-related injury is a significant contributor to both short- and long-term physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional impairments that have significant consequences on individuals, their families, and society at-large. However, we have very limited information about what factors influence the recovery and reintegration of BC’s burn survivor community despite the fact that burn-related injury is a leading cause of injury morbidity across the province. This gap significantly reduces the ability to understand the type of contexts that help populations recover following injury. In recent years, advancements in trauma care have led to tremendous decreases in mortality and reduced hospital length of stay. Unfortunately, the consequences of these improvements are that patients must now face many responsibilities for their care on their own. As such, it is important to obtain information about the resources and social environments that fundamentally contribute to recovery. As many injury survivors likely face similar barriers to recovery, it is important that these information is drawn from narratives from individual survivors to identify how best to strengthen local resource infrastructures. Research Team: Nathaniel Bell, UBC; Heidi Cave, Author; Anthony Papp, BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Unit; Lisa Lacamell, BCPFF Burn Fund
$63,178.00
2012

A Participatory Approach to Developing Preventative Health Tools for BC Individuals with Lived Incarceration Experience (Dr. Ruth Martin)

Women and men who have been incarcerated suffer a high prevalence of illness, including chronic disease, cancer, infectious disease, mental illness and substance use. They tend to suffer perpetual social exclusion and are disproportionally affected by the socio-economic determinants for poor health, such as poverty, low health literacy and unstable housing. In 2005-7, women engaging in participatory health research inside a BC prison identified nine health goals as necessary for their successful re-integration into society. A follow-up study to determine barriers to the nine goals, experienced by women during their first 12 months following release from prison, suggests that incarcerated people have limited access to preventive health programs. International research with male prison leavers demonstrated similar results. In this community-based participatory research project, researchers from the UBC Collaborating Centre of Prison Health and Education (CCPHE) will partner with Women in2 Healing and Long Term Inmates Now in the Community to use participatory approaches to design and pilot preventive health tools/programs, and methods to evaluate them, with women and men with past incarceration experience who live in BC communities. It is hoped that BC health organisations and provincial and federal correctional institutions across Canada will adopt recommendations from this project, leading to sustainable improvements in preventive health for incarcerated men and women.
$201,307.00
2010

University of British Columbia College of Health Disciplines

Improving care for vulnerable populations through their participation in the education of health professionals (Dr. Angela Towle)

Vulnerable and marginalized populations have problems with access to health care, communication with health professionals and receipt of patient-centred care that goes beyond a bio-medical approach. These problems can be addressed by active involvement of people in the community, who are ‘experts by lived experience’, in the education of health professionals. However, there are major institutional and cultural barriers to the inclusion of vulnerable people as educators, including different understandings of knowledge and expertise, power imbalances, discrimination and stigma, and lack of trust. We propose a knowledge interaction research project that will influence educational policy and practice. The goal is to make the authentic and autonomous voice and expertise of the patient a core part of the education of health professionals. We propose a 3-year inclusive and iterative community-based participatory research project that will inform i) the development of a mechanism for the community to engage with the university for the purpose of influencing health professional education; and ii) the development, implementation and evaluation of an educational model that leads to sustained participation by vulnerable and marginalized populations in the education of health professionals. The project will benefit the community through its ability to influence its future health and social care, and benefit the university in fulfilling its mandate for socially accountable education. Research Team: Scott Graham SPARC; William Godolphin UBC; Cheryl hewitt, North Shore Health Board; Angela Towle UBC
$130,441.00
2012

University of British Columbia Department of Pediatrics

Youth ON TRAC: A Health Advocacy Voice for youth with chronic health conditions

Youth aging out of pediatric care report feeling abandoned and helpless in the adult health care system. ON TRAC, a collaborative initiative involving UBC, Child Health BC, BCMA, BC Children’s Hospital and health regions, aims to improve health transition for B.C. youth. Key to success is genuine community-based youth engagement and an active and empowered youth voice. Healthy outcomes for youth will be actualized when youth are involved, active participants in their health care. Youth ON TRAC will directly engage youth with chronic health conditions/disabilities (CHC/Ds) in all processes to create a new, relevant, meaningful, effective, authentic youth health advocacy voice through skills-building training to 1)co-create a needs assessment; 2)develop a youth-led “transition workshop template” and hold workshops; 3)develop online social mentorship; 4)provide education for youth/families; 5)inform health care decision makers on youth-friendly health care transition. Creation of a Provincial Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) within Patient Voices Network (PVN) will ensure sustainability.
$50,000.00
2012

University of British Columbia Development Office

2009-2010 Vancouver Foundation First Nations Scholarship

Vancouver Foundation First Nations Scholarship: annual scholarship(s) for a graduate student(s) in the Health Sciences. Established by Dr. John H.V. Gilbert, for a First Nations student enrolled in a professional degree program in Health or Human Services. Students wishing to be considered for the award should apply to the Institute for Aboriginal Health, 429 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC by the November 30 deadline. The award is made by nomination of the selection committee, Institute for Aboriginal Health.
$5,000.00
2010

University of British Columbia Irving K Barber Learning Centre

Indigitization Futures Forum

New models of information practice, grounded in the needs of First Nations governance, language revitalization, heritage preservation and Indigenous access protocols requires a collaborative engagement between those trying to support community information and knowledge management needs, and the broader professional and academic community concerned with supporting these initiatives. The Indigitization team is committed to “clarifying process and identifying issues in the conservation, digitization and management of Indigenous community knowledge” and the Forum is an opportunity to learn from the communities what we can do that will best support this commitment. Supporting knowledge and information workers in communities requires the development of more appropriate tools, relevant training and assessment services in concert with the expressed needs of these practitioners. Now that communities are working to bring their analogue media into the digital realm, they have insights and questions that will inform the development of practices and more relevant information systems designed for the specific needs of Indigenous communities. Those working in the academic context do not have ready-made solutions. It is only by working together, sharing ideas, learning from false starts and successes in the community context that new, “disruptive” information practices will be developed that motivate changes in how information management is transformed in this context.
$10,000.00
2016

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.
$148,577.00
2015

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