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WHRN Summer Institute 2008

May 1st and 2nd, 2008 – Victoria, BC

The 2008 Summer Institute will build on the successes of past WHRN events with presentations and discussions focused on key topics in women’s health and gender and health research. This year’s Summer Institute will be held at the beautiful Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites in Victoria and will feature provocative presentations and panel discussions on key topics in women’s health and gender and health research. Click here for details and agenda.

Most costs for travel to participate in the Summer Institute are being supported by the WHRN. If you require funding to attend the Summer Institute, please complete this formand email it to Susan Dixon.

The Women’s Health Research Network is hosting workshops across BC:

  • Untangling Sex and Gender is a workshop based on the WHRN-published Better Science with Sex and Gender primer. The 1/2-day workshop promotes the idea that both sex and gender influence health outcomes. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding for how to measure sex and gender in their research, and how to interpret their findings.
  • Community-based research (CBR) in gender and women’s health: Exploring the connections and fostering collaboration is a workshop aimed at connecting people who are interested in or who currently engage in community-based research in gender and women’s health in British Columbia. Community-based research (CBR) “is conducted by, for or with the participation of community members. CBR aims not merely to advance understanding, but also to ensure that knowledge contributes to making a concrete and constructive difference in the world” (Loka, 2002). Participants will learn about resources that could support their work, including funding sources, ethical review processes, and strategies for finding research collaborators.

Upcoming workshops

Community

Date & Time

Location

Participants

Workshop(s) offered:

Hazelton/Smithers

June 5 & 6, 2008

TBA

*OPEN*

Contact Anne Dohertyfor more information

  •   CBR

Kelowna

June 12, 2008

UBC Okanagan

*OPEN*

  • Untangling Sex & Gender (9am-noon)
  • CBR (focused on Aging & Women’s and Men’s health) 1pm-4pm

If you want more information please contact Dr. Colleen Reid.

Click for a list of past workshops.

WHRN Events

Intersectionality from theory to practice: an interdisciplinary dialogue

April 17-18, 2008 – Simon Fraser University Downtown – SFU Harbour Center

The goal of the workshop is bring together – for the very first time in Canada – scholars, health care providers, policy analysts, and advocates, to address the importance of intersectionality for analyzing and understanding women’s health issues. The workshop will include a mix of invited keynote speakers and thematic discussions. The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To highlight key theoretical developments in intersectional scholarship
  • To draw on international case studies of intersectional health research
  • To explore how researchers in Canada and other jurisdictions are using intersectional scholarship in women’s health research

Click here to view the programme (PDF)

For more information, and to register for the workshop, please contact the organizers.

Registration Fees: Faculty / Professional – $45; Students / Others – $20

WHRN Summer Institute 2008

May 1st and 2nd, 2008 – Victoria, BC

The 2008 Summer Institute will build on the successes of past WHRN events with presentations and discussions focused on key topics in women’s health and gender and health research. This year’s Summer Institute will be held at the beautiful Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites in Victoria and will feature provocative presentations and panel discussions on key topics in women’s health and gender and health research. Click here for the agenda.

Most costs for travel to participate in the Summer Institute are being supported by the WHRN, including mileage, ferry, airfare, and accommodations. If you require funding to attend the Summer Institute, please complete this form and email it to Susan Dixon.

Join us for an evening reception on May 1st featuring Julie Devaney. Julie creates workshops which incorporate performances into an educational format for academics and professionals in the fields of medicine, disability studies, sociology and women’s studies. In her performances, she recounts her experiences on stretchers following operations and lying in emergency rooms with a unique blend of poignancy, humour and politics. Julie’s audiences are continually moved by the power and truthfulness of her depictions and we are thrilled to have her as part of the WHRN Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute will also include a poster session. Posters will be displayed in a public area on May 1st so that all who attend will have an opportunity to view and discuss them between sessions and during the evening reception. Poster presentations focused on original research in any area of women’s health and gender and diversity health research, including basic science, clinical, health promotion, epidemiology, social sciences, community-based, health policy, and health services research will be featured.

The WHRN Summer Institute 2008 will also feature the New Ideas Workshop:

New Ideas Workshop

Objectives: 
1. To bring together stakeholders (from different sectors, disciplines,
communities and institutions) to discuss the future of gender and women’s
health research in British Columbia and Canada;
2. To create a vision for gender and women’s health research in
British Columbia and Canada;
3. To develop a mandate for the Women’s Health Research Network’s
role in achieving the vision for gender and women’s health research in BC
and Canada.

Workshop strategies:

  • Introductory talk regarding the state of gender and women’s health research in BC
  • What is getting funded, what is not getting funded, who is getting funded, who is not getting funded
  • Key institutions and players (universities, research centres, networks, etc)
  • Thoughts re: future trends – what is possible, what can be achieved
  • with current government, etc.
  • Select examples of cutting-edge, innovative work in other countries or jurisdictions

Small group work:

  • Focused on exploring hopes and dreams for gender and women’s health
    research – thinking big and long term
  • Reporting back with graphic facilitation\
  • Networking lunch (prioritizing young scholars)
  • Collaborative development of vision statement
  • Talk re: role of WHRN
  • Applying for renewal to MSFHR
  • Supporting researchers in BC

WHRN Workshop on the Impact of Trauma and Violence on Vulnerable Women’s Health: Strategies to Reduce Violence & Promote the Health of BC Sex Workers

April 30, 2008 – Victoria, BC

To coincide with our annual summer institute, the WHRN is facilitating a workshop entitled Strategies to Reduce Violence & Promote the Health of BC Sex Workers. The event will take place on April 30, 2008 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites. This brainstorming session is designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of the dangerous and often violent working environments experienced by both out-door and in-door sex workers in British Columbia. Our aim is to establish a set of best practices for reducing violence and promoting the health of these vulnerable women.
We will be featuring a series of keynotes speakers with academic and community-based insights on these issues, including: Cecilia Benoit, Fran Shaver, Kate
Shannon, Lauren Casey and others. For more information about this event or to inquire about our travel stipends to attend this workshop, please contact Kate Vallance.

Conversations on Community Based Research: Engaging communities with college faculty and students

May 8th & 9th, 2008 – Coquitlam, BC

Subsidized with generous financial support from the Canadian Council on Learning through the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre, Douglas College will host a two-day symposium on community based research.  Faculty, students and professionals in the health and social service sectors are invited to join the conversation. The historically rich relationships between colleges and institutes and their communities provide the context for mutually beneficial research through the practice of Community Based Research (CBR). Trends to engage faculty and students with the community through service learning and the desire for many community organizations to identify their own research needs and seek research partnerships with colleges converge to enrich this practice. This event will include the WHRN’s CBR workshop. Click here for details.

Other Events for 2008

Cracked but not broken: shaping new knowledge into treatment for amphetamine and crack dependant youth

April 18-20, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

Diverse historical and cultural influences lie behind the many problems related to stimulant use in societies across the globe. These problems are particularly pronounced in Australia, South Asia, and North America. Examples include the ?Pervitin? epidemic in Japan after World War II, the ongoing crack cocaine problem in North America, amphetamine abuse in Australia and the current methamphetamine challenge in Vancouver; all of which may benefit from a close examination of underlying international and transcultural influences. To that end, this international conference will bring together experts from various continents and cultures to share their unique insights into the cause of stimulant abuse, along with promising new solutions to the treatment of this disorder. Click here for details.

Population Health Data Access & Training in BC: PHLO, CHSPR and the MSFHR Platform – A Series of Public Presentations

Learn about the current status of data access in BC as well as plans for the future.

PHLO, CHSPR and the MSFHR Platform:

  • April 18th 9-10am UBC, #253 James Mather Building
  • April 21st 10-11:30am Vancouver General Hospital, Lauener Room
  • April 22nd 12-1pm St. Paul’s Hospital, New Lecture Theatre
  • April 23rd 1-3pm Simon Fraser University, IRMACS Theatre
  • April 24th 10:30 – 12pm University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building 110

Although the speakers differ, the slides at each presentation will be identical. Multiple presentations are offered to increase accessibility for researchers. Click for details.

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Bringing British Columbians together to celebrate Women’s Health: An evening with internationally known health activist Judy Norsigian

April 24, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

On Thursday April 24th, health activist Judy Norsigian will be in Vancouver at the Paetzold Auditorium (VGH) to speak about the global reach of the women’s health bible Our Bodies, Ourselves. Joy Johnson, founding Co-Leader of the WHRN and Director of the IGH will open the evening with a discussion of the advances in women’s health research in Canada.  This free event is open to anyone with an interest in women’s health.  Guests can attend in person or over the internet via live webcast. Register now »

Click here to download the media release.

NEXUS Spring Institute – The Future of Diversity and Health Research in Canada: Current Debates & New Frontiers

April 24 & 25, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

The 5th Annual Spring Institute for NEXUS will be held April 24 & 25, 2008. NEXUS research is determined to look beyond the individual and concentrate on the complex and multiple social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health behaviour. The conference aims and objectives are:

  • To underline how components of diversity, defined as forms of social difference, simultaneously influence health and health behaviour.
  • To highlight and disseminate knowledge from new projects, ongoing and completed research exploring the social contexts of health behaviour.
  • To explore diverse and innovative ways of translating research into action.
  • To discuss methodological issues pertaining to research in diversity and health.
  • To bring together scholars, researchers, service providers and students with a view to networking and learning.

Reasons for Hope 2008

April 25 – 27, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

Reasons for Hope is the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance’s national scientific conference. This year’s conference will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, and is Canada’s largest forum specifically devoted to breast cancer research. Intended audience includes scientists, physicians, medical and post-doctoral students, breast cancer survivors, patient advocates, general public, media, government, policymakers.   For more information, or to register, visit the conference website.

Knowledge Without Harm: Strategies for Ethical Research with Youth

April 25-26, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

Knowledge without Harm: Strategies for Ethical Research with Youth is a two-day conference at the Morris J. Wosk Centre in the heart of Vancouver focused on emerging challenges, trends, opportunities and strategies for ethical research with youth.. The conference, co-sponsored by CYHRNet, will provide a forum for researchers, community organizations, government policy-makers and youth to share their experiences and network with others. Click here to register.

Population Health Symposium: Inequities and Health

April 29, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

The issue of growing health disparities is of paramount concern to our health system.   This symposium is an opportunity to engage in an ongoing dialogue on issues surrounding the impact of the socioeconomic determinants of health.  The purpose is to raise awareness of inequities, including an understanding of the research evidence and lessons from other jurisdictions.  Topics will include:

*The communication of population health information
*The economic costs of poverty
*Policy options to be considered in addressing inequities

Click here for registration and details.

Interior Health 3rd Annual Research Conference: From Research to Practice and Back Again

April 28-29, 2008 – Kelowna, BC

This conference will provide healthcare staff and decision-makers with insights and examples of how research evidence can inform practice, program, and/or policy as well as how questions generated in the area of health service delivery can inform research questions. Participants will have many opportunities for networking. View the details and registration information (PDF). Limited travel bursaries are available for WHRN members attending this conference. Contact us for information.

Transsomatechnics: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment

May 1- 3, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

This conference seeks to include a wide range of innovative scholarship, public policy, grassroots activism, socio-political analysis and artistic production in the field of transgender studies. We will consider work from any discipline or specialization, but we are especially interested in work that calls attention to the interconnections between embodiment, technology, and bodily practice—an emerging area of transdisciplinary research we designate with the new term “somatechnics.” Click for details and registration.

Community-University Exposition

May 4 – 7, 2008 – Victoria, BC

Proposals are now being accepted for the presentations at the third Community-University Exposition (CUexpo 2008) to be held in Victoria, BC, May 4 – 7, 2008.

CUexpo 2008 follows CUexpo 2003, which took place in Saskatoon and
CUexpo 2005, hosted by Winnipeg.  Full details of presentation options and the
full scope of the exposition can be found on the CUexpo 2008 website

Conversations on Community Based Research: Engaging communities with college faculty and students

May 8-9, 2008 – Coquitlam, BC

The historically rich relationships between communities and colleges and institutes provide the context for mutually beneficial research through the practice of Community Based Research (CBR). Trends to engage faculty and students with the community through service learning and the desire for many community organizations to identify their own research needs and seek research partnerships with colleges converge to enrich this practice. With sponsorship from the Canadian Council of Learning through the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre, Douglas College will host a two-day symposium on college scholarship and community based research.  CBR involves College and Institute partnerships with community groups for the purpose of research where there is shared responsibility for:

  • identifying research problems,
  • developing methods and applications,
  • analyzing data  and
  • ownership of research products

For details on attending this event, click here. For information on submitting a proposal, click here.

BCRRHRN Rural Health Research Conference – Rural Health: Building Research Together

May 13-14, 2008 – Prince George, BC

Participants will learn about and discuss recent research results, research approaches and practice and policy frameworks with others who are working in rural health. Click to visit the conference website.

Performing Feminist Motherhood: Outlaw Mothers in Music, Media, Arts and Cultural Expression

May 16, 2008 – New York, NY

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) and MAMAPALOOZA are hosting a one-day conference. The organizers welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. A variety of types of submissions are encouraged, including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, and other alternative formats. Click for details.

Bridging Silos – the 2008 CAHSPR Conference

May 26-28, 2008 – Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel, Gatineau, QC

The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research invites
you to submit an abstract for the 2008 Conference being hosted in
Gatineau, Quebec at the Hilton Lac Leamy (just across the bridge from
downtown Ottawa).

CAHSPR’s vision is about bridging; multi-disciplinary research, research
to policy to practice, health promotion to health treatment systems,
health economics and health technology to health systems and research to
knowledge exchange.

The goal of the CAHSPR Conference is to bridge across the various silos
that exist within our system and unite researchers, decision makers and
policy makers in the common purpose of preparing for change in the
priority areas of our healthcare system

19th Institute of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) of the Canadian Psychological Association

June 11, 2008 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

The theme for the Institute is “Determinants of Women’s Health: A Holistic Approach to Understanding Women’s Psychological and Physical Well-being.”  The Institute is being held to examine the complex interplay between physical and psychological well-being, and the impacts of the broad determinants of health, including social and structural factors, on women’s health and wellness. Email for details.

2008 Summer Institute in Informed Patient Choice

June 25 – July 2, 2008- Hanover, New Hampshire

The overall goal for the Summer Institute is to identify and mentor the next generation of scientists who are prepared to investigate key basic and applied problems in the field of patients’ health care decision making — with a particular emphasis on the provision of decision support (DS) using patients’ decision aids (PtDAS). Click here for details.

 

International Nursing Research Conference: Facing the Challenge of Health Care Systems in Transition

June 30-July 3, 2008 – Jerusalem, Israel

This international conference will focus on nursing practice, education, and management, health policy, ethics, disaster preparedness, nursing informatics, multicultural nursing, and midwifery. For more information, visit the conference website.

Women’s Worlds 2008

July 3-9, 2008 – Madrid, Spain

The 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Women’s Worlds / Mundos de Mujeres 2008 will be held in Madrid, Spain July 3-9, at the Complutense University. The motto of the Congress is “Equality:no Utopia” and the general theme “New Frontiers: Dares, Challenges and Changes”. Violence and migrations will be part of the central themes. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2008. For details, visit the conference website.

7th International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy

July 10-13, 2008 – Athens, Greece

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of health economics, management and policy. Special Sessions will be devoted to Equity and Poverty in Health, Pharmaceutical Economics, Quality of Life, Economic Evaluation, Health Care Reforms, Social Security, School Health Programs, and Health Related Business. Click for details.

How We Live, How We Learn, and How We Work: Implications for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity – Childhood & Adolescent Obesity 2008

October 2 – 4, 2008 – Vancouver, BC

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who work in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity or are confronted with this growing problem. The sessions have been proposed based on a framework of living (home/community environment), learning (school environment) and working (work environment) and how these settings are associated with childhood obesity. A focus of this conference will include cultural considerations for working with Aboriginal communities and individuals. Click here to visit the conference website.

 

Past WHRN Events

For more past WHRN events, visit our archives

Transitioning into Adulthood: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy October 25 & 26, 2007, East Harbour Ballroom, Harbour Towers Hotel
Victoria, BC. Click for details.

The conference featured speakers from Canada, the United States and New Zealand, focussing on the key issues in making healthy transitions to adulthood; the influence of location, culture and family and how gender impacts transitions.

WHRN 2007 Summer Institute

Enriching the Conversation: Exploring sex, gender and diversity across health disciplines and communities

June 7th & 8th, 2007 Cecil Green Park House, UBC

The staff and Co-Leaders of the WHRN wish to extend our thanks to the presenters, facilitators, and participants who made Enriching the Conversation such a tremendous success. Session highlights and additional information will be posted in the coming days.

For more information on these projects and presentations, contact us.

  • Agenda & Speakers
  • Enriching the Conversation: Background & concepts
  • Enriching the Conversation: Questions for discussion
  • Introduction and overview of key concepts Better Science with Sex and Gender: A Primer for Health Research – Joy Johnson
  • Introduction and overview of key concepts Intersectional analysis and related tools for understanding gender & diversity in health research – Olena Hankivsky
  • Workshop: Applying a sex, gender and diversity analysis to health research Participant Goals
  • Understanding the Origins of Violent Behaviour: Bridging the gap between biological and social approaches – Patricia Janssen
  • Structural Violence & Health: Making the connection – Joan Anderson
  • Ethnic Issues and Challenges to Break the Silence Around Domestic Violence – Indira Prahst
  • Ethical Practice and Policy in the Context of Violence and Inequity – Colleen Varcoe
  • Conducting HIV/AIDS Research With Indoor Commercial Sex Workers: Application of community-based research to reach a hidden population – Valencia Remple
  • Where Are You From Anyway and Why Do You Care? Insider, Outsider, Border Crosser – Natalie Clark

Themes for the Summer Institute 2007 included:

  • Key Concepts in Sex, Gender and Diversity Analysis
  • Using the Sex and Gender Analysis Primer and Related Tools
  • Policy Moments, Policy Spaces and Getting the Message Out
  • Creating Relationships with Community Based Researchers

Do you want to learn how questions of sex, gender and diversity apply to your research? Contact us for more information on holding a workshop in your institution/region/community if you are:

  • a health researcher, working in academia, the health care system, or the community a policy-maker or wish to influence policy
  • a student interested in health research and/or sex, gender and diversity analysis
  • looking for knowledge translation strategies (e.g. using the media)
  • looking for collaborators in other disciplines

Stigma: A Hidden Women’s Health Determinant

Read the event program and panelist abstracts (PDF)

On Wednesday,  November 8th, 2006 – 1pm-3pm the WHRN held an interactive panel discussion on stigma and its implications for the health of girls and women in British Columbia. The session was held at SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1700 (Labatt Hall) in the heart of downtown Vancouver and was also made available though videoconference links to UNBC, UBC Okanagan, and Thompson Rivers University. A summary of the event will be posted on this website in the coming days. For more information on the Women’s Health Determinants research cluster contact WHRN UVic cluster coordinators Leah Shumka or Kate Vallance.

 WHRN 2007 Winter Institute

Building on the highly successful 2006 Summer Institute, the WHRN held a one-day Winter Institute on Friday, February 9th, 2007, 9:30am-4:30pm at Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver. View the programme here.

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