Grants

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University of Northern British Columbia

Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North

New technologies can support older adults to live comfortably, even as they face changes in health and wellbeing. Those aging in Northern B.C. face a fragmented, under-resourced and geographically isolated system that makes it difficult to access technologies to support aging in place. The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North supports the piloting and implementation of technologies that address the needs of rural and northern older adults. CTAAN's research will change the lives of aging adults by providing essential evidence in support of the use of technology to improve the quality of life and increasing the flow of technological resources to rural and remote communities.
$300,000.00
2021

Land, Health and Healing: Understanding and promoting the health and wellness benefits of Indigenous Protected Areas

Health scholars working in Indigenous health acknowledge that connection to land is an important aspect to improving health and wellbeing. Yet little research explores the health and wellbeing benefits of connections to the land, which is particularly important in light of the recent resurgence of Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. Our team is trying to understand how Indigenous Protected Areas can be understood through a lens rooted in health, healing, and wellness. This project has the potential to develop into a viable research project which examines the connections between Indigenous-led conservation initiatives and the links between land, health and wellbeing.
$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

Drug checking: Enhancing scalability to effect systems change

The overdose public health emergency continues in the context of criminalization, stigmatization, inequities, and now the pandemic. A partnership between Social Work and Chemistry combined science with harm reduction to launch a drug checking pilot project in Victoria BC. We propose centering equity in systems change as we launch a new drug checking outreach model to reach sites throughout Vancouver Island and scale-up community capacity through a Community of Practice and training program while piloting a low-cost/low barrier drug-checking platform to be operated by non-technicians and increase equitable access with unique service models to match services to diverse communities.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Community Voices on ‘Tapping into Tech’: Fostering Equity for Children with Disabilities/Medical Complexity in Northern and Rural British Columbia

In rural and northern BC young disabled/medically complex children’s inequitable access to early child development (ECD) has negative impacts on children, families and communities. How can community voices inform the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to address ECD inequities for this vulnerable child population? Tailoring ICT to the diverse contexts and lived realities of this population and ECD agencies and providers is central to this participatory project. The co-designed research and action by a Community Council will ensure that this project informs the implementation of supportive practices and policies and sustainable system change to reducing ECD inequities.
$200,000.00
2020

Reawakening a Caring Culture in Health Care: Nurses Leading Transformation in Health Systems

In British Columbia, health care systems are under pressure, and intense demands for care place enormous pressure on staff, especially nurses, to meet the increasing needs of patients in a system that has limited resources. This causes unsatisfactory caring experiences, and to stressful work environments for nurses, leading to new nurses leaving the workforce early, and putting additional strain on the health system. This project aims to use a participatory research approach to engage nurses in transforming the health system to meet these challenges and deliver the best quality care, while making nursing more rewarding and easing the stress on the system as a whole.
$20,000.00
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

“Our Trans Health Initiative”: A Community-Based Participatory Study of Transgender Population Health in British Columbia

What is the state of health for trans people across BC and is it improving? Elsewhere we know trans people have poorer mental health, worse health access, and experience greater discrimination. This is a public health and social justice issue. Our Gender Diverse Council of BC will oversee this community-based participatory research project, which has three ongoing phases: capacity building, community consultation, and data collection. Our team has extensive experience to ensure this research informs policy and programs to reduce health disparities for trans people. Half of our team are trans people and we are committed to supporting the next generation of trans researchers and leaders.
$300,000.00
2018

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Critical Reflections on Tent Cities

People living in poverty and homeless have less access to and quality of health and social care. Yet, tent city residents and their supporters claim that tent cities improve health and well-being through secure shelter, community participation and belonging, and better access to health and social services. This convene grant will bring together people living (and formerly living) in tent cities along with those providing political, health, and social support in tent cities to identify research priorities and next steps in the fight for access to dignified and affordable housing, health and social care.
$19,661.00
2018

Improving Access to Palliative Approaches to Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

Homeless people die at half the age of the general population. They often die alone, in shelters, or on the streets without good care. Our research team has learned from homeless people, their families, service providers, and key stakeholders about what our community needs to improve death and dying for people without homes, money, and support. We have committed clinical resources (doctor, social work, and nursing) to improve care for these populations. Now, we want to know how best to move this project forward. To do this, we will bring together a group of people who are living and working in palliative care and homelessness to change the way that care for dying happens in this population.
$299,373.40
2018

The Ocean Soundscape

June 16, 2014, the Vancouver Aquarium and ONC co-hosted a workshop for BC hydrophone experts/owners to discuss how best to coordinate, manage, interpret, and monitor the soundscape of our ocean. This coalition devised a cohesive vision to create a combined digital coastal network that would foster a safe and sustainable marine environment through the creation of four working groups (Research, Technical Development, Data & Products, and Policy). It is imperative to understand the impact on marine life of the volume and frequency of human-made sound in the sea, which is rapidly increasing. This coalition is comprised of scientists, industry and coastal communities working together to quantify how the ocean soundscape is changing and developing solutions to influence policies. ONC seeks funding for a 1-year Ocean Soundscape Coordinator to facilitate the four working groups and deliver their results based on sound scientific principles and document them in a report. The report will form the basis of a larger combined funding proposal targeting other entities to deliver their results.
$25,000.00
2014

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