Publications: Policy & Service Improvement

Trauma-Informed Practice Resource List

TIGI Trauma Informed resource imageSelection of trauma-informed treatment-related resources and curricula. Some focus solely on trauma-informed practices; others incorporate elements of both trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches.

One of 3 resources on trauma, gender, and substance use made possible by funding from Health Canada.

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Gender Transformative Resource List

TIGI Gender Transformative resource imageOverview of gender transformative resources compiled in 2016.

One of 3 resources focusing on gender, trauma and substance use. Made possible by funding from Health Canada.

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Gender Informed Approaches to Substance Use Resource List

TIGI SubUse pictureAn overview of gender-informed resources in the substance use field.

This is one of 3 resource lists focusing on gender, trauma and substance use, and has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada.

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Repairing the Holes in the Net: Research Summary

RTN SummaryRepairing the Holes in the Net was a 2 year research and system change initiative to improve policy and practice related to care and support for northern women experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use concerns.

In each of the capital cities of Canada’s three northern territories − Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit − a group of researchers, health care and social service providers, community advocates, and policy makers met monthly to share, learn and collaborate.

This booklet describes how the project participants (who came from diverse government departments and service agencies and included sectors such as addictions, mental health, primary health care, justice, housing, police, income support, child protection, shelters and women’s advocacy) worked to find ways to understand the complexity of homelessness and make shifts in whole systems of service delivery.

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Alcohol and Pregnancy Warning Signage Fact Sheet

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Alcohol and Pregnancy: Warning Signage Information Kit for Local Governments in British Columbia, 2014

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Prepared for the Ministry of Health by Gerald Thomas, Okanagan Research and Nancy Poole, BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This resource includes a discussion of the forms and types of messages that can be provided via FASD prevention signs, including examples of recommended messages to help prevent/reduce drinking in pregnancy and promote health among women of childbearing years.

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FASD Prevention: Taking a Relational Approach: The Importance of Timely and Supportive Connections for Women

 

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This information sheet has been prepared for decision makers, health system planners and service providers interested in improving care for women at risk of having a child affected by FASD. It has been prepared by members of the CanNorthwest FASD Research Network’s Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinant’s Perspective.

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Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in CanadaBCCEWH, 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 Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence have released a new women’s health resource entitled Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada. The report, funded by Health Canada, is intended to generate an understanding of women and healthy living and to contribute to the development of evidence-informed responses to addressing challenges related to healthy living for women in Canada.

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Women and Tobacco: A Casebook

WomenandTobaccoCasebook -coverThis casebook is intended for a range of audiences and can be used in a number of ways. Health and social service providers looking for ways to expand their practices or to gain a stronger understanding of women and tobacco issues will find an introduction to better and promising practices for working with women. Program planners and community organizations will find resources and ideas for addressing the impact of tobacco on girls and women in their individual contexts. Students, researchers, decision makers, and policy makers new to the field of tobacco or who are interested in learning more about applying a gender analysis to tobacco control will find a range of practical examples.
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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 health care) to start a conversation with women about their smoking and the possibility of quitting.

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

Gendering Nat Framework Girl Centred cvrBritish 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: 1) patterns and trends in young women’s use, 2) sex differences in the health consequences of use, 3) gendered influences on substance use, and 4) examples of gender-informed and gender-specific programming.

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

Gendering Nat Framework Mothering and Substance Use cvrBritish 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 with substance use problems: 1) stigma and public discourse, 2) barriers to treatment, 3) a guiding framework for practice, and 4) examples of Canadian mother-centred programming.

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

Gendering Nat Framework Trauma Informed Cvr 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 experienced by girls and women as well as trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches. It provides: 1) background to the issues, 2) core approaches to providing multi-level support, 3) examples of Canadian promising practices in action.

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

Gendering Na tFramework Women centred Harm Reduction CvrBritish 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. It 1) introduce some of the intersecting components of harm reduction and health determinants, such as violence and trauma and pregnancy and mothering, 2) highlights the key ways that these elements interact to influence women’s substance use experiences, 3) provides examples of Canadian women-centred harm reduction programs.

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

Further Advancing the Health of Women and Girls cvr 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 coordi¬nated blueprint for future change and helped define a province-wide perspective on women’s health. This report continues that legacy by analyzing the its contribution to activities aimed at advancing the health of girls and women in British Columbia in the past four years.

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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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Pasando pagina: Mujeres, tabaco, y el futuro

Turning a new leaf-spanishLorraine 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 tiene el tabaco y describe el papel de la mujer en su producción y comercialización. También proporciona una directriz para evaluar y afrontar las cuestiones de género del control del tabaquismo en las políticas, programas e investigaciones y reducir los devastadores efectos que tiene el tabaco sobre las mujeres.

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

Tourner la pageLorraine 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 tabac sur la santé et décrit le rôle des femmes dans la production et la mise en marché du tabac. En outre, il trace des lignes directrices pour évaluer et résoudre les questions spécifiques au sexe liées à la lutte contre le tabagisme dans les politiques, les programmes et la recherche.

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

Turning a New LeafLorraine 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 direction on assessing and addressing the gendered issues of tobacco control in policy, programming, and research in order to reduce the devastating effects of tobacco on women.

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

Advancing Health Girls Women sm 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 to understanding girls’ and women’s health and provides background information to promote the development of initiatives to integrate girls’ and women’s health into research, policy and clinical care.

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Demonstrating Progress: Innovations in Women’s Mental Health

Demonstrating Progress smMarina 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.

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

Ensuring a Good Death cvrLorraine 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. This paper seeks to make recommendations regarding palliative care and the ability to achieve consistent, high-quality palliative care across all sites and caregivers.

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Mainstreaming Women’s Mental Health: Building a Canadian Strategy

Mainstreaming Womens MentalHealth cvrMarina 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 range of treatment and support options than is currently available. This report outlines the need for both provincial and national health strategies to address the issues distinct to women’s mental health.

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

Manufacturing Addictions cvrJanet 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 address the effects of benzodiazepines and sleeping pills on women, families and society in Canada.

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

Midwifery Building our Contributions to Maternity Care cvrJude 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 care professionals and an expanded scope of practice.

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

Reasonable Doubt cvrBC 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 women in relationships.

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

Solving the martenity care crisis cvrJude 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.

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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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Women’s Environmental Scan Project

Women's Environmental ScanBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

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

Midwifery in Canada Directions for Research cvrJude 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.

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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

Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with Mental Illness cvr
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.

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Apprehensions: Barriers to Treatment for Substance-Using Mothers

Apprehensions cvrNancy 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.

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

In the Absence of Consent cvrPatricia 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 an unconscious patient/victim who has been sexually assaulted.

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

Evaluation Report of the Sheway Project for High-Risk Pregnant and Parenting WomenNancy 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 through a women-centred, harm-reduction, culturally focused approach.

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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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Filtered Policy: Women and Tobacco in Canada

Filtered Policy cvrLorraine 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 directions to reduce women’s tobacco use.

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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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In Transition: Nurses Respond to Midwifery Integration

In Transition cvrJude 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 midwives as a regulated and funded part of the British Columbia health care system.

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

Politique-filtreeLorraine 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 social qui, au Canada, ont des incidences sur le tabagisme chez les femmes. Il est essentiel, en particulier, d’analyser le niveau de revenu, les responsabilités concernant les soins à prodiguer aux enfants et la nature du travail des femmes pour comprendre les effets selon le sexe des politiques de lutte contre le tabagisme. Nous examinons les mesures de réglementation du tabac et nous appliquons une « analyse comparative entre les sexes » à plusieurs d’entre elles, dont l’emballage des produits du tabac et la restriction de l’usage du tabac.

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

Pushing for Change cvrJude 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 care.

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

Reality Opinion and Uncertainty cvrJeanne 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.

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

Triple-Marker Screening in British ColumbiaKen 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 Columbia context.
* Co-funded by the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, this report is available in print from the Centre for Health Services & Policy Research.

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Hearing Women’s Voices: Mental Health Care for Women

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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 and includes recommendations for change throughout the system.

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

Reformed or Rerouted cvrColleen 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.

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

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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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