Publications: Diverse Girls & Women’s Health

Developing an Indigenous Approach to FASD

The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network convened in May 2017 to create a Consensus Statement to addressing and preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for Indigenous Peoples. Their collaborative response details eight tenets to the enacting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

“Dialogue to Action on the Prevention of FASD” project was made possible by the financial assistance from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

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“I love it because you could just be yourself” – A Study of Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living

girls-group_final-report-2012The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health partnered with the Girls Action Foundation, and researchers from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, York University and the University of Montreal on a study of Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living.

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How Girls’ Groups Can Promote Health

Promising Practices for Girls' GroupsThis resource was developed by the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Girls Action Foundation following a research project on the ways girls’ groups can support and promote healthy living.

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Preventing FASD Through Providing Addictions Treatment and Related Support for First Nations and Inuit Women in Canada

Preventing FASD First Nations Inuit cvrThis information sheet summarizes the findings of an exploratory study undertaken in 2008 by researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, with participation of treatment providers and health system planners responsible for programming serving First Nations and Inuit women from across Canada.

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Tools for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups

These info sheets have been developed by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH), in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation. They are intended to support the work of facilitators of girls’ empowerment groups.

Cover - Girls, Alcohol and Depression (2013)Girls, Alcohol and Depression: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups


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Cover - Girls Smoking and Stress (2013)Girls, Smoking and Stress: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups


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Cover - Girls, Physical Activity and Culture (2013)Girls, Physical Activity and Culture: Tools for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups

(In collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS))

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

Careful MeasuresEditors: 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 experiences of men and of women in Canada by conducting SGBA of the indicators included in the index and calculating the index by sex using Statistics Canada’s Census data for Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Our purpose was to examine the gendered dimensions of the indicators included in the index and the potential implications of its application by sex for addressing health disparities.

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

Physical Activity for Marginalized Women Discussion Paper cvrPamela 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 for Marginalized Women in BC. Our aim in the scan was to learn more about the current context for and activities being facilitated to promote physical activity for marginalized women at provincial and local levels in BC.

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Hearing the Perspectives of Aboriginal Girls on Smoking

Hearing Perspectives Aboriginal Girls Smoking cvr 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 to shape Aboriginal girls’ experiences of smoking.

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Intersectionality: Moving Women’s Health Research and Policy Forward

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 to their day-to-day work? While it is important to highlight that an intersectional framework can be applied to all populations this primer specifically focuses on its applicability in the context of women’s health.

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

Me Im Living it cvrThe 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.

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No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

No Gift cvr 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 taken into account. Gender was used as a lens to examine three issues critical to nature of women’s work.

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

Paradoxe and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform
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 policy “reform” consultations with citizens and within everyday encounters in health services where policy is implemented.

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

Reducing Harm cvr 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 vulnerable to smoking: Aboriginal and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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

We're Women Too
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 collected can improve screening. The report also describes the innovative Access Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital designed to provide gynecologic and breast health care for women with disabilities.

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

Making Choices Taking Chances cvrJacquelyne 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 and transgender rights legislation.

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Aboriginal Women’s Health Research: Synthesis Project Final Report

Aboriginal Health Research cvrMadeline 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 Women’s Health in the area of Aboriginal women’s health, as a basis upon which to establish directions for future work in this area.

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

Out In The Cold cvrLynda 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 its permeation into health care services.

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

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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 recreation. A resource to support service providers in their work with women.

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

Challenges of Change smMarina 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 disabilities, makes clear that further research, education of health care professionals, and information for women with disabilities is needed.

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

Consuming Identities cvrMarie 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 are formed in relation to the phenomenon of eating disorders and body image disturbances.

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

Documenting Visibility cvrJacquelyne 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.

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

Exploration of Women-centred in the context Cervical Cancer Ethnocultural Groups- summaryJoan 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 the study of women-centred care. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe critical elements of women-centred care within the context of three cervical cancer screening clinics in Vancouver serving Asian, South Asian and First Nations women. A further aim of the study was to determine factors that influenced full implementation of women-centred care within these clinics.

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

First Nations Womens Encounters with Mainstream Health Care cvrAnnette 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 at work influencing the lives of First Nations women in relation to dominant political systems.

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

Women with Disabilities cvr
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.

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