Grants

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University of British Columbia School of Nursing

"Amlilas": Toward a 'Namgis Community-Driven Curriculum for Early Childhood Development'

This project addresses an identified priority of the 'Namgis First Nations people living in Alert Bay, British Columbia - to enhance the cultural relevance of early childhood education (ECE) so that children are entrenched in their language and cultural practices from their earliest days. Amlilas is the community's existing early childhood program. Through a community-based participatory process, we will build on the existing strengths of this program to support a more culturally relevant curriculum - creating a place where young 'Namgis children learn within their cultural traditions and language. Drawing on existing indicators of early childhood development and data generated in this project, we will propose curricular strategies reflecting unique dimensions of ECD within this community. The knowledge generated in this project will enhance the cultural relevance of ECD for 'Namgis First Nation children and contribute to knowledge informing ECD curricular planning and implementation within First Nations communities in British Columbia.
$40,000.00
2013

Fostering Health & Human Rights: A Medical Legal Pilot Study (Judith Lynam, UBC/Kate Hodgon, Network of Inner City Community Services Society)

Our broad concern is to generate insights to foster child and family health equity. We are proposing to undertake research to to examine the ways structural violence operates in the day to day lives of children, youth & families living with marked social and material adversity in Vancouver's inner city. We propose to illustrate the impact of structural violence on health, child development & community well being and to use this analysis to inform the design of a Medical Legal Partnership (MLP). Structural violence refers to 'social structures-economic, political, legal...that stop individuals, groups and societies from reaching their full potential. The idea of structural violence is linked very closely to social injustice and the social machiner of oppression' (Farmer et al, 2004, 2006a,b). 'MLPs integrate legal services as a vital component of the healthcare team. Through direct service, transforming institutions and influencing policy change, MLPs address the non-medical, social determinants of health that have legal remedies' (MLP website). As such, this approach may assist the target community to address the systemic issues that contribute to the poor health profile of children and families. The research will provide the baseline data for an evidence-based approach for addressing structural violence and will inform the development of a strategy, a plan and a financial model. Research Team: Anthony Boardman, UBC Christine Loock, UBC; Lorine Scott, BC Children's Hospital;, Ronald G. Friesen, Continueing Legal Educaiton Society of BC; John Simpson, Legal Services Society
$71,257.00
2012

Mobilizing Local "Know-How" for Community Health Action in a Rural Aboriginal Context (Dr. Helen Brown)

This project builds on established relationships between researchers at UBC and the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay. Alert Bay is a community that grapples with growing unemployment rates, high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, high rates of chronic illness, and intergenerational trauma. Over the past century this community has lost many traditional practices and much of the use of the Kwak'wala language, and social isolation is a growing problem. Our work in Alert Bay has shown the inseparability of culture and health - findings that support the development of culturally rooted, community-based health actions to address health inequities and optimize health. This participatory project aims to create relevant and sustainable health actions that attend to the social and cultural origins of health priorities identified by the community. The goals of this project are to enlist local 'know-how' to design and test the effectiveness of health actions in two interrelated domains: (1) to mitigate the health impacts of Elders' experiences of social isolation through cultural renewal and Kwak'wala language education, and (2) to enhance mental health and well-being through strengthening cultural identity and community connection. Elders and youth have been identified as priority groups; therefore the project will design and measure of effectiveness of health action with these populations. Research team: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, UBC School of Nursing; Gladys McPherson, UBC School of Nursing; Georgia Cook, Namgis Health Centre; Ruby Peterson, Communtiy Counsellor; Vera Newman, UBC Communtiy Researcher; Wayne Peterson, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'x Principal; Barbara Cramer, UBC Community Researcher;
$235,236.00
2010

Examining the Organization of Healthcare for Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in British Columbia: A Critical Interpretive Policy Analysis (Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch)

Between 0.5 and 3% of adults have Intellectual Disabilities (ID) (Boyd, 1997; Crawford, 2008; Statistics Canada, 2008). Within British Columbia (BC) and beyond, there is growing recognition that the healthcare needs of aging adults with ID will not be met by the current system (Janicki et al., 2002; Ouellette-Kuntz, 2007; Temkin, 2009). This study grew out of previous research about the healthcare needs of aging adults with ID in BC (Baumbusch & Phinney, 09/10). The study brings together researchers, Community Living organizations, healthcare providers and recipients of care to examine the implementation of healthcare policy into practice. In BC, Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) is a provincial policy, introduced following the closure of institutions for adults with ID, which specifically addresses the healthcare needs of this population. The aim of this study is to increase understanding of potential policy-practice gaps in the implementation of HSCL and other relevant policies. We will collect data through policy analysis, focus groups, and key informant interviews. In order to gain urban and rural perspectives, data will be collected in the three health authorities. The focus groups and interviews will explore the translation of policies into practice. Findings from this research will generate new knowledge about healthcare for aging adults with ID and will lead to recommendations for policy and service renewal in this area.
$19,466.00
2010

University of British Columbia School of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene

Community Gardening as a Path to Well-Being (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Melinda Suto, Assistant Professor, UBC and Mr. Darrell Burnham, Executive Director, Coast Foundation Society)

The project arose as the co-leads discussed what people living with mental illness could do to improve their health and well-being. The research questions are: 1) How does participation in a community garden affect the well-being and social connections of people living in supported housing? 2) How do we engage people in a physical activity (community gardening) that encourages better health and social connections for people living in supported housing? Research and policy reports support community gardening as a catalyst for positive health; clinicians confirm the need for this type of non-medical strategy. Participants will join the advisory group; do data collection and analysis; use findings to guide changes; create and deliver knowledge translation products. Participants’ involvement in community gardening will improve physical health and access to fresh produce, decrease isolation and foster community engagement with others. There are opportunities to learn skills, share knowledge and mentor; this may encourage people to try new activities. Findings from this project will educate the public, create connections with like-minded people and shape policy decisions on future gardens. Broader knowledge contributions will occur in academic publications, which can provide evidence for the recovery model in mental health. We anticipate expanding community gardens in the region and helping people move from the margins of society to the mainstream, through a popular activity. Research Team members: Mr. Rudy Small, Research Team member and Ms. Cathy Taylor, Research Team member.
$85,149.00
2013

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Participatory Theatre Project

This project focuses on improving sexual health knowledge and positive sexuality among adults with intellectual disability(ID). Using community-based participatory methods, we will use mixed methods to create, produce and evaluate a participatory theatre project on sexual health, sexuality and ID. The origins of participatory theatre are in community development, arts and social movements. Practitioners of participatory theatre are committed to innovation, collaboration, capacity building and social transformation. As such, it is a well-suited approach for addressing the sexual rights of adults with ID who are often constructed as asexual and childlike and/or lacking sexual boundaries. Our participatory theatre will be developed using arts-based qualitative methods to identify what information and tools are needed to achieve successful sexual health and sexuality. These findings will inform the development of sexual health educational tools and resources as well as the creation, delivery and evaluation of three participatory theatre performances. These products are aimed at increasing knowledge about sexual health and sexuality for individuals with ID and aimed at minimizing barriers and social stigma associated with sexuality and ID. The performances will be delivered in New Westminster. It is anticipated that the performance will be replicated in other communities adding to the project's ongoing scope of influence to advance positive change related to sexuality and ID.
$142,702.00
2016

Sexual Health Knowledge and Intellectual Disability (Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC / Angela Clancy, Family Support Institute)

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) face unique challenges in relation to sexual health and realizing their sexual identity and expression. A lack of appropriate sexual education is evident. This lack of education increases threats of disease, abuse, and/or mental health issues, especially for those who do not conform to heterosexual norms. The FSI and the CIC are working to foster dialogue, develop resources and support leadership to address this community identified need. In this project, FSI and the CIC will partner with key stakeholders (e.g., Spectrum Society, Langley Association), centring the voices, experiences and leadership of individuals with ID (self advocates), to build understanding, awareness and capacity about sexual health, sexual expression and sexual diversity for individuals with ID, families and service providers. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self advocates and allies to identify gaps in sexual health knowledge; develop knowledge and community resources for promoting positive sexual health and sexuality; and, engage stakeholders to develop and implement knowledge translation strategies. The research questions are: 1) What are self advocates' experiences of sexual health knowledge and education? 2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and positive sexual expression? 3) What strategies do self advocates and allies identify as most effective to promote positive sexual health and sexuality?
$10,000.00
2014

University of Northern British Columbia

$20,000.00
2020

Koh-Learning in our Watersheds: Transforming learning in Nechako region by connecting students, communities and waterways.

Rural, remote and Indigenous communities in northern BC face ongoing environmental and social changes and challenges. Within SD91–serving 3500 students across 70,000km2– this fuels an imperative to connect youth with the world they live in and foster awareness of how these interactions shape their future. The Koh-Learning in our Watersheds project transforms education by expanding on existing place-based, waterways monitoring efforts, to connect Aboriginal education, community context and integrative science, reaching 1500 secondary students, 300 educators and project partners. Koh-Learning fosters informed, locally connected change-makers, equipped to steward their shared home.
$291,250.00
2019

Policy Lab for Agricultural Land Use Planning in BC

Although agricultural land issues are well known, old problems are taking on new forms that threaten farmland. At the same time, greater concern for food security and increasing demand for access to farmland for new farmers reflect public priorities that emphasize the social value of preserving farmland. These circumstances require a unique response. Our idea is to develop a “policy lab” that brings AgLUP experts together to focus on solutions to protect BC’s farmland. A policy lab is a neutral, expert-centred space for analyzing issues and designing solutions that address intractable policy problems and advance systemic change.
$2,500.00
2018

Investigating bottlenecks and barriers to cancer care in Haida Gwaii (Dr. Robert Olson/Dr.Tracy Morton)

The project idea is in response to a specific request to the principal investigator from health care providers, on behalf of the people in Haida Gwaii, to address difficulties concerning cancer diagnosis and care in isolated Aboriginal communities. Not only does geographical isolation make it difficult to access tertiary services, but social and cultural factors form potential barriers to accessing cancer services. The health care providers identified a need for a comprehensive electronic database of their entire population, which will enable them to participate in health care improvements and research. A research team, comprised of experts in family practice, Aboriginal health, information technology, oncology, epidemiology and biostatistics will identify all patients with a histologically confirmed diagnosis of cancer in Haida Gwaii and collect demographic data, family and personal medical histories and lifestyle information for each patient. All data will be populated in a database that will allow for analysis to identify common delays in care, survival analysis and statistical comparisons of Aboriginal vs. non-Aboriginal patients for each outcome. This project has the potential to improve Aboriginal care in Haida Gwaii and other Aboriginal remote communities by identifying bottlenecks and barriers in care and advocating for measures to address these issues; through education and resource allocation.
$57,002.00
2012

From Front Door to Grocery Store: Getting seniors where they want to be (Dr. Greg Halseth/Ms. Leslie Groulx)

Rural BC is experiencing a rapidly aging population, and long-time residents are choosing to remain in their 'home' communities. Most of these communities face significant challenges in meeting the mobility needs of seniors, including harsh winters, poor physical infrastructure, and lack of services. Clearwater BC has made a commitment to becoming an age-friendly community. This project focuses on seniors mobility in the community. It emerged from a well-established partnership involving the CDI, the District of Clearwater and the Age-Friendly Community Committee, which is comprised of seniors organizations and organizations serving seniors. The research project will engage local seniors in an assessment of shopping and service areas, community facilities, walking routes, and transportation. These field sessions will be complemented by workshops to review, and increase awareness of, the issues. The project will also involve in-depth interviews to explore considerations such as safety, accessibility, affordability, inclusiveness, helpfulness, and respect. The final report from the project will include information and recommendations that can be used in planning and decision-making around mobility, an action plan, and the community mobility assessment tool that will be developed. This will be a resource that Clearwater can use into the future. It will also be distributed for use and adaptation by other communities in BC, Canada and beyond. Research Team: Greg Halseth, UNBC; Leslie Grouix, District of Clearwater; Donald Manson, UNBC; Neil Hanlon, UNBC; Dawn Hemingway, UNBC; Laura Ryser UNBC; Jessica Blewett, UNBC; Anne Hogan RDFFG;
$227,012.00
2012

Bridging the Cs: Community, Connectedness, and Collaborative partnerships to improve the Cardio-metabolic health of individuals with enduring mental illness. (Dr. Candida Graham/Ms. Nansi Long)

This project aims to answer the question: How do we help clients with enduring mental illness [EMI] achieve and maintain healthier lifestyles, decreasing their risks of cardio-metabolic disorders, through community, connectedness and collaboration? This project will not only empower clients to take action but also provide new research data on effective methods to overcome barriers, such as stigma, to improve health behaviours in clients with EMI. Using the themes of understanding, self-determination & client generated solutions the researchers will engage in an iterative process with this vulnerable & disadvantaged community to shape SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely) health initiatives. The project will sequentially: 1.Invite engagement from clients in the review of preliminary study data 2.Explore client's internal & external factors, which lead to positive change in lifestyle 3.Shape & implement community lead health initiatives 4.Evaluate the initiative outcomes. Primary outcomes will be quantitative measures of change in health behaviours, work & social adjustment, community connectedness, quality of life, measures of self-determination & the characteristics of initiatives the community shape. The main hypothesis is that in line with self-determination theory, the empowerment of clients will lead to better engagement and continuance with lifestyle changes. Research Team: Crystal Rollings UNBC/UBC; Dr. Brenda Griffiths, Lesley Anderson, United Way; Lynn Smoliak, BC Schizophrenia Society; Sarah de leeuw, UNBC; Megan Davies, York University, Diane Purvey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Candida Graham, UNBC; Nansi Long, BC Schizophrenia Society
$236,762.00
2012

University of the Fraser Valley

S'iwes Totí:lt Q'ép - Teaching and Learning Together: Indigenizing the Academy

'Indigenizing the Academy' is about integrating and centering Indigenous people and their knowledge in education. Most post-secondary institutions adopt tenets of indigenization but still face administrative challenges related to curriculum, student experiences, governance, recruitment/retention of Indigenous faculty and students. The project idea arises from UFV's Education Plan, which recognizes the need to recruit/retain Indigenous faculty, maximize success of Indigenous students, and develop relations with Indigenous communities to benefit all students and universities. Members of Canadian post-secondary institutions will be served by this project, specifically senior administrators, staff/faculty, community stakeholders including Elders, education coordinators and Indigenous students. The project promotes knowledge exchange between institutions via: a two-day gathering of teams of institutional representatives on indigenization; a Stó:lo Sweat and Feast; DVDs from events; a cross-institutional audit; interactive website; and a manual of challenges and best practices.
$20,000.00
2012

University of Victoria

$20,000.00
2020

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

The ALENENEC (WSANEC Homelands) Action Plan

The ALENENEC (WSANEC Homelands) Action Plan addresses the historic and pervasive issue of the lack of the WSANEC Nations ‘ access to and stewardship of their territories and the need to build their own social and built infrastructure for land- based learning and eco-cultural restoration. The goal is to create a WSANEC-led 10 year vision and 3 year implementation plan collaboratively. Renowned for their education and language revitalization, this project is the logical next step in WSANEC resurgence to create a healthier future for their children and on their land. The Develop process will solidify the vision, engagement and action planning in a creative and celebratory way, WSANEC style.
$19,915.00
2020

Enhancers and Barriers to Community Engagement at Kitsumkalum First Nation, British Columbia

A key component of healthy Indigenous identity development is engagement with one’s culture and community. However, not all members of the Kitsumkalum nation participate in community efforts to revitalize Tsimshian language and culture. Our study examines enhancers and barriers to community participation in Tsimshian revitalization because such engagement contributes to health and well-being for individuals and the community overall. A Convene grant allows the principal researchers to collaborate with community members in traditional Tsimshian ways (through feasting and drafting protocols) in order to form a viable research project.
$7,452.00
2019

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

Refugee resettlement and trauma: Developing strategies for collective action

We want to understand how culturally safe and accessible responses to trauma and violence can be effectively implemented and integrated within refugee resettlement processes in Victoria BC. Trauma and violence are frequently associated with refugee and resettlement experiences and have lasting impacts on settlement processes. Yet, resettlement services maintain a pragmatic focus on language and employment with no explicit response to mental health. The study will uniquely engage researchers, settlement and mental health service providers in Victoria and refugees to identify research questions and action priorities that will inform an in-depth research study on this issue across Canada.
$19,957.25
2018

B.C. Water Leaders: consolidating a strategic core and expanding the network to advance freshwater sustainability

95% of British Columbians agree that fresh water is our most precious natural resource. Yet, freshwater issues are escalating, and the status quo approach is insufficient for today’s challenges. This project will amplify an existing network of B.C. water leaders that can help advance the legal, institutional, and social changes needed to improve freshwater sustainability. From applying expert and community-based solutions, interventions on water law/policy, supporting Indigenous capacity building, and mobilizing communities around their home waters, an expanded and strategic B.C. water leaders network will generate bottom-up and top-town action for lasting water sustainability.
$225,000.00
2018

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