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Alcohol, Pregnancy and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What Men Can do to Help

Canada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective, 2014 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of developmental disability. FASD is the result of exposure to alcohol in utero and … Continue reading

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Women and Alcohol: A Women’s Health Resource

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2014 This resource was written by women for women, to provide useful information about alcohol and to help women make healthy and well-informed choices about alcohol use. View PDF

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Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada

BCCEWH, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, and Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Editors: A. Pederson, M.J. Haworth-Brockman, B. Clow, H. Isfeld and A. Liwander, 2013 The BCCEWH, the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the … Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Practice Guide

Emily Arthur, Amanda Seymour, Michelle Dartnall, Paula Beltgens, Nancy Poole, Diane Smylie, Naomi North, and Rose Schmidt Initial draft authors: Cristine Urquhart and Fran Jasiura of Change Talk Associates British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; BC Ministry of Health, … Continue reading

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Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Tobacco-Intervention Guide

Cristine Urquhart, Frances Jasiura, Nancy Poole, Tasnim Nathoo and Lorraine Greaves British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2012 This guide offers support to service providers in diverse contexts (e.g. within transition houses, community mental health teams, or primary … Continue reading

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Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help

Canada FASD Research Network’s Action Team on Prevention from A Women’s Health Determinants Perspective, 2012 In this document, we profile the development of single-access programs in four different communities and talk about why this type of program works. View PDF

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Careful measures: An exploration of the sex and gender dimensions of a deprivation index

Editors: M.J. Haworth-Brockman, H. Isfeld, A. Pederson, B. Clow, A. Liwander and B.A. Kinniburgh British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011 This project explored the opportunities for and the limitations of one deprivation index to represent the different … Continue reading

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Expecting to Quit: A Best-Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women

Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok and Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011 This revised edition reviews research and intervention development in the years since the first edition … Continue reading

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Physical Activity for Marginalized Women in British Columbia: A Discussion Paper

Pamela Ponic, Rehana Nanjijuma, Ann Pederson, Nancy Poole and Jenny Scott BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health & ProMOTION Plus, 2011 BC Centre of Excellence in Women’s Health and ProMOTION Plus have conducted an environmental scan on Physical Activity … Continue reading

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Le renoncement au tabac et la grossesse: Un examen des pratiques exemplaires de renoncement au tabac conçues pour les filles et les femmes pendant la grossesse et la période postnatale

Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole, Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli, Natalie Hemsing, Annie Qu, Lauren Bialystok et Renée O’Leary; British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011 Ce rapport examine les interventions conçues pour réduire ou éliminer le tabagisme durant la grossesse. … Continue reading

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Research Summary: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011 Between April 2010 and March 2011, researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, in collaboration with community partners, conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco … Continue reading

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.2): Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010 This discussion guide explores four topics related to young women’s substance use: … Continue reading

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.3): Mothering and Substance Use: Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010 This discussion guide explores four topics related to mothers and pregnant women … Continue reading

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.1): Trauma-informed Approaches in Addictions Treatment

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010 This discussion guide explores coexisting trauma, mental health and substance use problems … Continue reading

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.4): Women-Centred Harm Reduction

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010 This discussion guide explores bringing a gender-based analysis to harm reduction strategies. … Continue reading

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Se montrer à la hauteur du défi: l’analyse des influences du genre et du sexe en planification, en élaboration de politiques et en recherche dans le domaine de la santé au Canada

Barbara Clow, Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, and Jennifer Bernier, 2010 Le présent livre est inspiré d’un guide sur le genre et la planification des services de santé qui a été publié par le Centre d’excellence pour la santé des femmes … Continue reading

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Gendering the Health Determinants Framework: Why Girls’ and Women’s Health Matters

Cecilia Benoit and Leah Shumka Editors: Jacqueline Larson and Ann Pederson, 2009 This primer aims to clarify the concepts in the health determinants framework and to examine its usefulness in understanding the health of a unique population group — girls … Continue reading

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Hearing the Perspectives of Aboriginal Girls on Smoking

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009 In partnership with six Aboriginal communities in BC we recently conducted a qualitative study on smoking by Aboriginal adolescent girls. Findings shed light on how age, gender, culture and context intersect … Continue reading

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Intersectionality: Moving Women’s Health Research and Policy Forward

Olena Hankivsky and Renée Cormier with Diego de Merich, 2009 The purpose of this primer is to explore the following question: How can health researchers, policy analysts, program and service managers, decision makers, and academics effectively apply an intersectional perspective … Continue reading

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“Me, I’m Living it”: The Primary Health Care Experiences of Women who use Drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

The VANDU Women CARE Team, 2009 This report is a summary of the most relevant findings of this community-driven research project for health care providers treating women who use drugs in the DTES. View PDF

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Our Common Ground: Cultivating Women’s Health Through Community Based Research

Colleen Reid, Elana Brief and Robin LeDrew, 2009 Our Common Ground provides an overview of the scope of the CBR process as it relates to research focused on girls’ and women’s health, and gender and health related issues. View PDF … Continue reading

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Rising to the Challenge: Sex-and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada

Barbara Clow, Ann Pederson, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, and Jennifer Bernier, 2009 This book describes the process of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) and offers a collection of case studies and commentaries that illustrate SGBA in action. View PDF  

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Taking a Second Look: Analyzing Health Inequities in British Columbia with a Sex, Gender, and Diversity Lens

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Steve Chasey, Ann Pederson, Putu Duff, 2009 This report examines a number of reported health inequities in British Columbia using sex- and gender-based analysis. It details how understanding the social context behind … Continue reading

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When Researchers Come Calling: A Guide for Organisations that Work with Women

The BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, 2009 This guide is intended to help women-serving organizations make their own informed decisions about whether, and … Continue reading

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You and Your Health: A Woman’s Guide

BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009 A guide to help women understand their health and what they can do to be healthier. View PDF

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Your Rights in Research: A Guide for Women

The BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, 2009 This leaflet is for women who are past or current drug users and are thinking about … Continue reading

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Further Advancing the Health of Girls and Women: Report on the Women’s Health Strategy for British Columbia 2004-2008

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, 2008 In 2004, a provincial women’s health strategy was realeased. Advancing the Health of Girls and Women: A Women’s Health Strategy for British Columbia provided a … Continue reading

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No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

Debbie Pearce, Deborah Schwartz and Lorraine Greaves, 2008 This discussion paper examines issues related to tobacco control policy, taxation, and legislation as they affect Aboriginal women and men in British Columbia, and identifies potentially differential impacts when gender differences are … Continue reading

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Paradoxes and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform: Implications for First Nations Women

Jo-Anne Fiske and Annette J.Browne, 2008 This report constitutes the second of two phases of research conducted in collaboration with a First Nation community in north central British Columbia. The research considers health care policy within the context of government-sponsored … Continue reading

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Better Science with Sex and Gender: A Primer for Health Research

Joy Johnson, Lorraine Greaves and Robin Repta, 2007 This primer is intended to help researchers understand how sex and gender contribute to health and to suggest ways to incorporate this understanding into their research practices. Incorporating sex and gender into … Continue reading

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Pasando pagina: Mujeres, tabaco, y el futuro

Lorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006 El presente informe, Pasando página: Mujeres, tabaco y el futuro, facilita una perspectiva muy necesaria del consumo de tabaco entre mujeres de distintos contextos sociales, identifica los efectos para la salud que … Continue reading

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Pour tourner la page: les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir

Lorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006 Le présent rapport, Pour tourner la page – Les femmes, le tabac et l’avenir, brosse un portrait de l’utilisation du tabac par les femmes dans différents contextes sociaux, détermine les effets du … Continue reading

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Reducing Harm: A Better Practices Review of Tobacco Policy and Vulnerable Populations

Lorraine Greaves, Joy Johnson, Joan Bottorff, Susan Kirkland, Natasha Jategaonkar, Melissa McGowan, Lucy McCullogh and Lupin Battersby, 2006 This report reviews evidence of the effectiveness of three aspects of tobacco control policy on diverse groups of males and females particularly … Continue reading

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Turning a New Leaf: Women, Tobacco, and the Future

Lorraine Greaves, Natasha Jategaonkar and Sara Sanchez, 2006 This report provides a much-needed picture of women’s tobacco use in different social contexts, identifies the health effects of tobacco, and describes women’s role in tobacco production and marketing. It also provides … Continue reading

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Advancing the Health of Girls and Women: A Women’s Health Strategy for British Columbia

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2004 The aim of the Provincial Women’s Health Strategy is to improve the health of girls and women throughout BC. This document describes an approach … Continue reading

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Demonstrating Progress: Innovations in Women’s Mental Health

Marina Morrow British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 This report describes four innovative mental health demonstration projects designed specifically for women with chronic and persistent mental health problems in four different communities in British Columbia. View PDF

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Ensuring a Good Death: Improving Palliative Care for Patients and Caregivers

Lorraine Greaves British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 The number of people who need palliative care in Canada is rising, yet we have no national policy and no national regulations to ensure consistency and quality of care. … Continue reading

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Health Care Utilization Among Women Who Have Undergone Breast Implant Surgery

Aleina Tweed British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 Although breast implant surgery is most often privately-funded surgery, the publicly-funded healthcare system may bear the burden of increased use due to resulting complications. But do women who undergo … Continue reading

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Mainstreaming Women’s Mental Health: Building a Canadian Strategy

Marina Morrow British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 Evidence shows that certain mental illnesses are more prevalent in women, that women utilize mental health services more frequently than men do, and that women would like a wider … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Addiction: The Over-Prescription of Benzodiazepines and Sleeping Pills to Women in Canada

Janet C. Currie British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 This report describes benzodiazepines, prescribing rates and practices, and their effect on women in Canada. Based on this information, recommendations are made regarding policy and intervention strategies to … Continue reading

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Midwifery: Building Our Contribution to Maternity Care-Proceedings from the Working Symposium

Jude Kornelsen, 2003 This report captures presentations and debates about new and innovative ways midwives can use their skills and expertise to meet the needs of Canadian women, including plans for alternative models of care, collaborative practice with other health … Continue reading

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Mother and Child reunion: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by Promoting Women’s Health

Nancy Poole, 2003 This paper describes current knowledge about FASD and current prevention strategies and outlines an alternative, multiple-determinants approach to FASD prevention that would be more effective for both mothers and babies, more humane, and more cost-effective. View PDF

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Reasonable Doubt The Use of Health Records in Legal Cases of Violence Against Women in Relationships

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 The purpose of this study was to undertake a preliminary examination of the use of health records in criminal and civil cases involving violence against … Continue reading

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Solving the Maternity Care Crisis: Making Way for Midwifery’s Contribution

Jude Kornelsen, 2003 This report discusses the need for new policies at the provincial and federal levels to enhance the capacity of midwifery to make a greater contribution to maternity care and to help solve the health care practitioner crisis. … Continue reading

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We’re Women, Too: Identifying Barriers to Gynecologic and Breast Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Lenore Riddell, Kathy Greenberg, Joan Meister and Jude Kornelson, 2003 This research study addresses to what extent women with disabilities regularly receive screening for breast and cervical cancer, what barriers prevent them from receiving this care and how the information … Continue reading

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Women’s Environmental Scan Project

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003 View PDF

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Women’s Health: Setting a Women-Centred Research Agenda-Final Report

Lorraine Greaves, Nancy Poole and Renée Cormier British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2002 This report examines the issues related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) using a women’s health framework. The report describes a research agenda developed using … Continue reading

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Making Choices/Taking Chances: Lesbian/Bi/Queer Women Assisted Conception, and Reproductive Health

Jacquelyne Luce British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2002 This report focuses on queer women’s experiences of trying to get pregnant and/or become parents within the context of new developments in assisted reproductive technologies and lesbian, gay, bisexual … Continue reading

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Midwifery in Canada: Directions for Research-Proceedings from the National Invitational Workshop on Midwifery Research

Jude Kornelsen British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2002 This report reflects the focus of the “Midwifery in Canada: Directions for Research” workshop, moving forward with a national midwifery research agenda. View PDF

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A Full Measure: Towards a Comprehensive Model for the Measurement of Women’s Health

Colleen Reid British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2002 This report discusses the definitions of women’s health, how it is and could be measured, and the implications of these topics for research, action and policy in women’s health. … Continue reading

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Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with a Serious Mental Illness: Current Practices in Service Provision in British Columbia

Marina Morrow, 2002 This paper documents practice in five mental health care settings with respect to the provision of services to women diagnosed with mental illnesses who are survivors of trauma. View PDF

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Aboriginal Women’s Health Research: Synthesis Project Final Report

Madeline Dion Stout, Gregory D. Kipling and Roberta Stout Centres of Excellence for Women’s health Program Research Synthesis Group, 2001 This paper seeks to capture the cumulative knowledge and experience generated through the activities of the Centres of Excellence for … Continue reading

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Apprehensions: Barriers to Treatment for Substance-Using Mothers

Nancy Poole and Barbara Isaac British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2001 This research study explores the barriers and supports encountered by pregnant and parenting women accessing care for addictions treatment. View PDF

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Fusion: A Model for Integrated Health Research

Lorraine Greaves and Penny Ballem British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2001 This paper describes a model for doing integrated health research that crosses disciplines and sectors. Based on extensive consultations with women’s health researchers, this report addresses … Continue reading

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Out in the Cold: The Context of Lesbian Health in Northern British Columbia

Lynda Anderson, Theresa Healy, Barbara Herringer, Barbara Isaac and Ty Perry, 2001 This qualitative study investigates lesbians’ experiences of the formal health care system in northern British Columbia and illuminates the impact of the social climate of the north and … Continue reading

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Health Care Utilization and Gender: A Pilot Study Using the BC Linked Health Database

Arminée Kazanjian, Isabelle Savoie and Denise Morettin British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2001 This study evaluates the feasibility of using the BC Linked Health Database for gender-based analyses by examining whether there are differences between women and … Continue reading

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In the Absence of Consent: Sexual Assault, Unconsciousness and Forensic Evidence

Patricia Lee British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2001 This background report serves to assist sexual assault services in British Columbia in developing informed and thoughtful policy on the complex issue of consent to collect forensic evidence from … Continue reading

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Taking Action: Mobilizing Communities to Provide Recreation for Women on Low Incomes

Wendy Frisby, Fearon Blair, Therese Dorer, Larena Hill, Jennifer Fenton and Bryna Kopelow, 2001 This study documents the factors that influence whether or not action is taken in communities to increase the access of women on low incomes to community … Continue reading

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Teenage Girls and Smoking: A Research Agenda – Workshop Report

Lorraine Greaves and Renée Cormier, 2001 This report documents the outcomes of a BCCEWH-hosted workshop funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The report outlines the current knowledge on smoking in adolescent girls, … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Change: The Midlife Health Needs of Women with Disabilities

Marina Morrow with the Midlife Health Needs of Women with Disabilities Advisory Committee British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This study highlights the interconnections between menopause, midlife, disability and aging, and through interviews with women with different … Continue reading

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CIHR 2000: Sex, Gender and Women’s Health

Lorraine Greaves et al., 2000 This paper investigates the issues of sex, gender and women’s health in health research, and the opportunities to integrate these in a systematic and effective manner through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). View … Continue reading

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Consuming Identities: Young Women, Eating Disorders and the Media A Research Agenda and Annotated Bibliography

Marie L. Hoskins with Kristy Dellebuur British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This survey of contemporary research on adolescent girls, eating disorders and prevention looks at self and self-identity and the influence of media on how identities … Continue reading

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Documenting Visibility: Selected Bibliography on Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s health

Jacquelyne Luce with Janet Neely, Teresa Lee and Ann Pederson British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This report is a review of evidence from peer-reviewed literature on lesbians’ and bisexual women’s health. View PDF

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Evaluation Report of the Sheway Project for High-Risk Pregnant and Parenting Women

Nancy Poole British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This report is an evaluation of a unique outreach program in Vancouver that provides services to pregnant women with substance use problems and support to mothers and their families … Continue reading

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An Exploration of Women-Centred Care in the Context of Cervical Cancer Screening in Ethnocultural Groups

Joan L. Bottorff, Lynda G. Balneaves, Lorna Sent, Suki Grewal and Annette J. Browne, 2000 Underutilization of mainstream health services has led to the development of specialized health services for women from different ethnocultural groups. These services provide an important focus for … Continue reading

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Filtered Policy: Women and Tobacco in Canada

Lorraine Greaves, Victoria J. Barr, with the collaboration of the Women and Tobacco Working Group, 2000 This paper develops a gendered analysis of tobacco policy, contextualized in the national and international tobacco control and reduction movement, and identifies women-centred policy … Continue reading

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First Nations Women’s Encounters with Mainstream Health Care Services & Systems

Annette J. Browne with Jo-Anne Fiske and Geraldine Thomas the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 Through First Nations women’s own descriptions of their encounters with health care, this investigation illustrates the social, economic and political forces … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Girls and Women

Colleen Reid, Lesley Dyck, Heather McKay and Wendy Frisby British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This multi-disciplinary literature review explores the links between physical activity, inactivity, health and well-being for women and girls, including implications of physical … Continue reading

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In Transition: Nurses Respond to Midwifery Integration

Jude Kornelsen, V. Susan Dahinten and Elaine Carty British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000 This report describes the results of a survey of nurses on the topic of midwifery, which was conducted shortly after the introduction of … Continue reading

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Une politique “filtrée”: les femmes et le tabagisme au Canada

Lorraine Greaves et Victoria J. Barr; en collaboration avec le Groupe de travail sur les femmes et le tabagisme, 2000 Le présent document décrit ces questions et ces tendances et définit les éléments propres au sexe biologique et au sexe … Continue reading

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Pushing for Change: Challenges of Integrating Midwifery into the Health Care System

Jude Kornelson, 2000 This report considers the current relationship between midwives, physicians and nurses from both a professional and interpersonal perspective, looks at objections put forward by the medical and nursing communities and considers the way objections have affected client … Continue reading

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Reality, Opinion and Uncertainty: Views on Midwifery in BC’s Health Care System

Jeanne Lyons and Elaine Carty, 2000 Documenting the observations of a researcher in the midwifery field, this report observes and comments on province-wide presentations and discussions on midwifery and its integration into BC’s health care system. View PDF

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Triple-Marker Screening in British Columbia: Current Practice, Future Options

Ken Bassett, Patricia Lee, Carolyn Green, Lisa Mitchell, Hana Sroka, Rohinne Lal, Robin Hanvelt and Arminée Kazanjian, 2000 This review examines maternal serum triple-marker screening (TMS) for fetuses with Down Syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities, and spina bifida in the British … Continue reading

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Women’s Health Research Institute in the CIHR

Penny Ballem and Karen Grant, 2000 Following on premises elaborated in CIHR 2000, this proposal paper outlines the key contributions that a Women’s Health Research will bring to the larger structure of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and recommends … Continue reading

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Hearing Women’s Voices: Mental Health Care for Women

Marina Morrow with Monika Chappell The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 1999 This multi-level study into the experience of mental health care for women in BC ranges in scope from the voices of consumers to policy makers … Continue reading

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Reformed or Rerouted? Women and Change in the Health Care System

Colleen Fuller, 1999 This paper places BC’s health system reform in a national context and points out the information gaps and inadequacies concerning issues affecting women users and workers in the system. View PDF

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Women with Disabilities: We Know What We Need to Be Healthy!

Shirley Masuda, 1999 This report details the results of a study about how women with disabilities experience being healthy and the structural barriers they face in achieving health. View PDF

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