EQUIP team grows with two new members

With more work to be done on writing papers, toolkit development, and community partner engagement, the EQUIP team has two new additions!


Janina Mobach is delighted to be joining the EQUIP health care team as the Research and Knowledge Translation Manager. A white settler of Dutch immigrant grandparents, she is grateful to live, work, and play in the gorgeous Coast Salish territory! With a strong background in public health and social justice, Janina is passionate to further the incredible work of this team in bringing equitable practices and spaces into the arena of primary health care. When she isn’t in the office, Janina can usually be found exploring this beautiful land in hiking boots or with skis on her feet.


Taq Bhandal is joining the team as a Research Assistant.  Taq is a PhD Student at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her parents immigrated to Metro Vancouver from Punjab, India and so she was born, lives, and works on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples and continue to support Indigenous movements of self-determination. In official academic terms, she interested is in doing research and writing on the complex relations between health equity, political economies, global meta-narratives, decolonial and intersectional feminist perspectives, and our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Taq is passionate about balancing research, teaching, creative writing, organizational skills, cooking (and eating of course!), sustainability, and community involvement.

Bringing the lessons of EQUIP Primary Health Care into Emergency Departments

We are excited to announce that members of the EQUIP team have received a project grant from CIHR. The new study – EQUIP Emergency (Promoting Health Equity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People in Emergency Departments in Canada) – is focused on taking the lessons from EQUIP Primary Health Care and working to improving health equity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Emergency Departments.

Please read more about the study in our project summary.











For more information, please contact the study lead Colleen Varcoe at colleen.varcoe@nursing.ubc.ca or the project Research Manager, Phoebe Long at phoebe.long@nursing.ubc.ca or 604.822.3183.

Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Amélie Blanchet Garneau                                 

Amélie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Montréal Amelie.PNGand an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université Laval.   

She is interested in critical theoretical perspectives regarding culture and health, and the relevance of cultural safety in shifting organizational practices and policies toward fostering health and health care equity.

She has a theoretical and practical background in initial and continuing nursing education and sees critical pedagogy as one way to transform health care practices toward health care equity. Her program of research aims at translating an equity-oriented approach to care for marginalized populations in health care professionals’ initial and continuing education. This research program could directly inform curriculum development in nursing and other health disciplines focusing on promoting social and justice and equity in health and health care. 

EQUIP researchers receive new grants from CIHR

We’re excited to announce that members of the EQUIP team have received two new Planning and Dissemination Grants from CIHR that will enable us to continue to build on the successes of EQUIP. These small grants are intended to help research teams get their findings out to key audiences and to plan the next stages of their research. The two grants received were:

Refining and Disseminating a Toolkit for Measuring and Promoting Equity-Oriented Care in Primary Care Settings: Annette Browne is leading this dissemination grant, together with Colleen Varcoe, Sabrina Wong and our amazing partners in the primary health care sector in Prince George, BC. Together they are developing a toolkit with a range of practical and conceptual tools to support health care providers and organizations to make their services more equity oriented. These tools bring the concepts and findings of EQUIP and our previous work to the hands of providers and health care organizations who can make a difference in how care is provided. Stay tuned as we make the toolkit available through upcoming events and our website!

Planning to Promote Equity for Indigenous People in Emergency Primary Health Care: Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) are often the first point of care for people who are sick or injured. Although EDs are well positioned to promote health care access, they often operate under considerable pressures and at overcapacity, making this potential challenging to reach. Many will be familiar with the tragic case of Mr. Brian Sinclair, an Indigenous man who died in a Winnipeg ED after being ignored for 34 hours. Although Mr. Sinclair’s death has received a lot of media attention, this is just one example of the discrimination and poor care that many Indigenous people face at hospitals every day. This planning grant, led by Colleen Varcoe with Annette Browne, is an opportunity for members of the EQUIP team to work with leaders and other stakeholders from hospitals and Indigenous communities, to plan activities to enhance equity in this critical setting.


EQUIP site NLCHC featured by Eerie St. Clair LHIN

One of our primary health care sites, North Lambton Community Health Centre, was recently featured in a media release by the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for Eerie St. Clair. The news release highlighted NLCHC’s innovative work to develop a harm reduction policy and philosophy, supported by their collaboration with EQUIP. Read about this and other innovative strategies to improve health in the Eerie St. Clair here.

EQUIP Members Receive Funding to Address Family Violence

The Canadian government recently announced new funding to address family violence, totalling $100 million to be distributed over the next 10 years. Read more about this funding initiative here.

EQUIP team members Nadine Wathen, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, and Colleen Varcoe are proud to be part of the first project funded through this initiative, as part of their work with the Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network (www.prevailresearch.ca). The newly-funded project – Development of Pan-Canadian Public Health Guidance on Family Violence – will develop educational materials and approaches to better support victims of family violence. Learn more on PreVAiL’s website.


Wave 4 Data Collection

The EQUIP team will be conducting another wave of data collection starting in April 2015!

Participants, please connect with us while we’re at your clinic.

Central Interior Native Health Society
Prince George, BC

April 7 – 10
April 13 – 17

Cool Aid Community Health Centre
Victoria, BC

April 27 – May 1
May 4 – 8

Health Zone Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
London, ON

beginning April 1

North Lambton Community Health Centre 
Forest, ON

beginning April 1

Your continued support is incredibly important to us, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!