Health Promotion

Often health promotion initiatives  in Canada have been gender neutral or even gender blind  –  are often conceptualized as universal, “one size fits all” initiatives. We see it as  important to attend to sex and gender in health promotion, to use gender and diversity analyses to create new pathways to health for women and new approaches to health promotion for practitioners.  We have been studying health promotion practice, research and policy, and are proposing transformative changes, that not only include gender, but do so in progressive and innovative ways.

Key Project

Promoting Health in Women

The Promoting Health in Women research team is working to reduce gender and health inequities by advancing effective health promotion for women, through the development of a conceptual framework to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion to improve women’s health. The Team draws together expertise in clinical medicine, health policy, human kinetics, women’s studies, anthropology, epidemiology, nursing, and sociology, and is made up of researchers, trainees, and staff based primarily at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. The Team is igniting an agenda for health promotion for women in Canada through the creation of tools for implementing gender transformative health promotion,  as well as providing examples of gender transformative health promotion in action, in a new book to be released in the fall of 20014.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Emerging Team Grant
Co-Principal Investigators: Jan Christilaw, Lorraine Greaves and Karin Humphries
Co-Applicants: Wendy Frisby, Beth Jackson, Ann Pederson, Nancy Poole, Lynne Young

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Gelb, K., Pederson, A., & Greaves, L. (2012). How have health promotion frameworks considered gender? Health Promotion International, 27(4), 445-452. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar087
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  2. Young, L. E., Pederson, A., Greaves, L., Long, P. M., & Gelb, K. (2011). Women’s health promotion: A framework for action. International Journal of Evidence-based Health Care, 9(3), S333-334. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2011.00182.x
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  3. Pederson, A., Ponic, P., Greaves, L., Mills, S. Christilaw, J., Frisby, W., Humphries, K., Jackson, B. E., Poole, N. & L. Young. (2010). Igniting an agenda for health promotion for women: Critical perspectives, evidence-based practice, and innovative knowledge translation. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 101(3), 259-261.
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Recent Books

  1. Rootman, I., Dupéré, S., Pederson, A. & M. O’Neill. (Eds.) (2012). Health promotion in Canada: Critical perspectives on practice (3rd Edition). Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press.
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  2. Upcoming book in Fall 2014  Making it Better: Gender Transformative Health Promotion,  to be published by Canadian Scholar’s Press

Recent Reports and Knowledge Exchange Materials

  1. Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada, 2013
  2. Girls, Physical Activity and Culture: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups, 2013
  3. Girls, Smoking and Stress: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups, 2013
  4. Girls, Alcohol and Depression: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups, 2013

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