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.
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 email@example.com or the project Research Manager, Phoebe Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.822.3183.
Dr. Amélie Blanchet Garneau
Amélie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Montréal and 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.
Ponic, P., Varcoe, C., & Smutylo, T. (in press). Trauma- (and violence-) informed approaches to supporting victims of violence: Policy and practice considerations. Department of Justice (DOJ) Victims of Crime Journal.
Link to article will be posted here when available.
Wallace, B., Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen, C. N., Long, P. M., & Parker, J. (2015). Self-reported oral health among a community sample of people experiencing social and health inequities: Implications for the primary health care sector BMJ Open, 5(e009519)
Abstract from authors:
This paper describes the self-reported oral health issues among a community sample of primary care clients experiencing socioeconomic disadvantages. As part of a larger mixed-methods, multiple case study evaluating an equity-oriented primary healthcare intervention, we examined the oral health of a sample of 567 people receiving care at four clinics that serve marginalised populations in two Canadian provinces. The prevalence of self-rated poor oral health was high, and significant relationships were observed between poor oral health and vulnerabilities related to mental health, trauma and housing instability. Our findings suggest that the oral health of some Canadian populations may be dramatically worse than what is reported in existing population health surveys.
Article can be found here.
Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Ford-Gilboe, M., & Wathen, N. on behalf of the EQUIP Research Team (2015). EQUIP Healthcare: An overview of a multi-component intervention to enhance equity-oriented care in primary health care settings. International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(152).
Abstract from authors:
This paper provides an overview of an innovative multi-component, organizational-level intervention designed to enhance the capacity of PHC clinics to provide equity-oriented care, particularly for marginalized populations. The intervention, known as EQUIP, is being implemented in Canada in four diverse PHC clinics serving populations who are impacted by structural inequities. We discuss the evidence and theory that provide the basis for the intervention, describe the intervention components, and discuss the methods used to evaluate the implementation and impact of the intervention in diverse contexts.
Article can be found here.