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United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)

Fostering Systems Change for Racial Justice Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Leadership

Leadership roles need to reflect the communities they serve. To meaningfully influence and change systems, leaders need to create opportunities for traditionally and currently under-represented voices to step into leadership roles. The Project will support organizations and leaders in strengthening their capacity to implement diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices while engaging and building the capacity of leadership candidates to successfully apply to leadership positions. This project will foster knowledge sharing and social capital, as well as implement actions that lead to equity, diversity and inclusion across different sectors in our community.

Understanding barriers to employment: Intersectionality of immigration status, gender and disability

Obtaining employment within the formal labour market has become a pervasive challenge with implications for individuals, communities and societies. The exclusion of refugees with disabilities from the labour market restricts the potential contributions that this population could make to economic prosperity and social cohesion. Collaborating with female refugees who have disabilities, their caregivers, and front-line service providers from employment, disability, and settlement service sectors will enable us to better understand and address aspects of neoliberal activation and austerity measures that shape the experiences of those seeking and supporting labour market participation.

Unlocking political potential: addressing the root causes of participation and apathy in immigrant communities

Immigrants participate in politics at lower rates than those born in Canada. To ensure the future health of Canada’s social and democratic foundations, under-participation must be addressed. While community organizations have mobilized to extend voting rights to permanent residents, electoral opportunities alone will not solve participatory gaps unless immigrants also feel that they belong in the political community, can make an impact on it, and are invited to participate. This project will develop a plan for systems-level interventions to make politics interesting, relevant and engaging in the everyday lives of immigrants and to help community leaders mobilize participatory potential.

Stories of Our Ancestors: Intergenerational Trauma Among Chinese-Canadian Families

The traumatic narratives of Chinese immigration to Canada and its impact on future generations are mostly unknown. The silence of these migration experiences may be related to surviving collective trauma. Understanding the stigma, shame and fear of Chinese-Canadians who migrated to escape persecution, imprisonment and torture will assist Canadian health care providers to develop strategies to understand and treat pre- and post-migration trauma. Intergenerational trauma is an important construct for understanding the mental health of survivors and their families. We know that individuals and families who have suffered through significant collective traumas are unlikely to obtain professional support. Likewise, Chinese-Canadians underutilize mental health services and there is significant shame and stigma with regards to mental illness in this population. As intergenerational trauma among Chinese people is unexplored in the literature, the social innovation idea is to create a dialogue between older generations and younger generations to work across the divide of silence to bring understanding to family members by breaking the silence of the past. Once the social implications are understood we will be able to devise health care strategies to reduce the stigma and shame of seeking mental health care within this population. As intergenerational trauma is considered to be a broad social determinant of health, it has implications for education, employment, and general well-being.

United Players of Vancouver

Side-drape replacement project

The original drapery & tracks in the theatre (Jericho Arts Centre) were acquired second-hand, prior to 2000. Age has caused a decline in the flame retardant capability of these drapes so they no longer meet the requirements in the British Columbia Fire Code and present a safety risk. Many years of use has also resulted in stains, tears and a general shabby appearance. The old tracks are also damaged and need replacement. The fabric has deteriorated beyond the point that it can be cleaned & re-treated with flame retardants. We raised money and replaced the Main Traveller, Legs, Valance and Lobby drapes in 2008, but had insufficient funds to replace all drapes. If the requested funds are granted, we would be able to complete the project by replacing all the drapes on both sides of the theatre and at the exit doors. New drapes will make the theatre safer by bringing us into compliance with the British Columbia Fire Code flame retardant standards. They will also give a more professional appearance to the theatre.

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Financial Literacy

This project will enable rent banks throughout BC to meet annually to exchange information and jointly review their products and processes, produce annual housing stability reports, and seek stable funding from the provincial government.

Northern Rockies Social Planning Council (NRSPC)

This project will pay for a coordinator to facilitate and sustain the activities needed to achieve its mission and vision, and to examine the social impact from present and future growth resulting from the Horn River Basin and Cordova shale gas discoveries. The project will facilitate strategic planning and establish a model to identify critical and emerging issues; facilitate inception of the Fort Nelson branch of the Northeast Community Foundation; research funding opportunities and facilitate meetings and disseminate information to the public.

United Way of Southern Interior BC

Roadmap to a Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy (Phase 2)

Poverty is a key social issue in the Okanagan, with 40,000 people living below the poverty line. Despite this, we lack clear local evidence to drive change. This project will build a comprehensive snapshot of poverty in each Central Okanagan community, and identify systemic regional issues. It will broaden engagement with lived experience, and build the diverse community network required to affect change. It will provide tangible evidence of the systems holding poverty in place, and recommend priorities for action. It will provide a solid foundation for the development of a Poverty Reduction Strategy, driving innovative solutions to transform the interrelated systems surrounding poverty.

Toward a Child and Family Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Central Okanagan

We seek to reduce stigma and empower families experiencing poverty, by creating connections and awareness of child and family poverty and its effects. There are many ways poverty is known to raise the risk of lifelong ill effects on health and reduce opportunities for children and youth to realize their full potential. Reducing the impact of family stress and linking families to services makes a difference, only if families feel safe and comfortable accessing those services. Reducing the stigma associated with reaching out for needed services is the first step in making long-lasting systemic change for families in the Central Okanagan.

United Way of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club

Consistent access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food is essential for people to live healthy, active lives. However, food bank usage in BC has risen 23% since 2008, with Abbotsford's food bank now serving 3000 people monthly (including 1200 children). In 2009, Abbotsford service providers aimed to build up a food co-op, but it did not come to term. Due to increased need, Vibrant Abbotsford is committed to establishing a Fresh Food Box program and Bulk Buying Club to leverage low-income residents' buying power. The program will purchase household items, non-perishable food and produce at wholesale cost and pass along the savings to participants. It fills a gap by serving people "in-between" emergency food users and those able to afford retail prices, particularly those un-reached by food supports. Food gleaning days, community kitchens and trainings will be integrated to build life skills. The project will establish a sustainable model that can be easily expanded to provide an affordable, accessible and dignified option assisting families to transition out of food insecurity.

University of British Columbia

Understanding of Pregnancy Experiences of First Nations Women with Gestational Diabetes in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth communities

Our proposed project aligns with the goals of the Convene Grants. The overall objective of the proposed project is to improve maternal health status, especially women with gestational diabetes living in the NTC communities. By understanding the gestational diabetes issue, we can generate recommendations to support and improve patient experiences and clinical outcomes and increase access to diabetes education and training. The results from the planning and focus group study phase will be used to apply for a multi-year large intervention grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

We Deserve to Work! Self Advocates Transforming Attitudes About and Experiences with Employment

Individuals with IDD face barriers to employment. Negative societal attitudes and stigma result in views of people with IDD as unable to work resulting in the unemployment and underemployment of this skilled labor pool. As such, education and awareness is needed to promote the value of paid employment and the contributions that individuals with IDD make in communities through work. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self-advocates and allies to co-develop and implement participatory theatre aimed at challenging the barriers and stigma self-advocates face, thus increasing awareness about this viable untapped group of potential employees who are ready and able to work.

Community-led Options for Access to Substitution Therapies (COAST) Project

Our team is working to understand the impacts of community cannabis programs (CCPs) on the lives of people who use drugs (PWUD) amidst dual public health crises—the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. Many PWUD are using cannabis from CCPs to reduce other substance use, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings, which in turn helps to reduce harms. The Convene Grant will bring together leading researchers on substance use, people with lived experience, CCP coordinators, and policy makers, to co-develop a research plan to study the impacts of CCPs on PWUD, which will help create well-informed policies and practices and empower community-led organizations to support their communities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Navigating Sex Work Spaces: COVID-19 and Beyond – An Arts-Based Participatory Research Project to Delineate Pathways beyond Criminalization

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified sex workers’ health & labour inequities. This study aims to address the question of how COVID-19 and the overdose epidemic intersect with evolving laws and policies regulating sex work (e.g. federal laws, municipal licensing, policing) to shape occupational health and safety conditions in different sex work environments (e.g. online; street-based; indoor). Using arts-based methods this participatory action research project will showcase the nuanced experiences of Metro Vancouver’s sex work community with the goal of increasing sex worker visibility and delineating pathways beyond criminalization.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.