Helene Berman named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

September 19, 2016. Congratulations to Helene Berman, PhD, Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, on her induction as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). The academy recognizes those who have a history of outstanding performance in the academic health sciences in Canada.

Professor Berman is also the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences and CRHESI co-director.

An internationally recognized scholar, she conducts community-based research focused on the subtle and explicit forms of violence experienced by women and children, social and structural inequalities, and health. She is Past President of the Nursing Network on Violence against Women International and lead editor of the ground-breaking report, In the Best Interests of the Girl Child, that has informed the development of numerous programs and policies in Canada. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Status of Women Canada. Her current research incorporates arts-based approaches in a Youth-Centered Participatory Action Research methodology to examine structural violence in the lives of young people in Canada. Dr. Berman was a leading force in the establishment of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion and serves as its founding Academic Director.

A dinner honouring the 2016 inductees was held in Montreal on September 15.

About the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

The objective of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is to provide assessments of and advice on key issues relevant to the health of Canadians. In order to achieve this role it will:

  • Serve as a credible, expert and independent assessor of science and technology (S&T) issues relevant to the health of Canadians;
  • Support the development of timely, informed and strategic advice on urgent health issues;
  • Support the development of sound and informed public policy related to these issues;
  • Enhance understanding of S&T issues affecting the public good by transmitting the results of assessments and providing opportunities for public discussion of these matters;
  • Provide a collective authoritative multi-disciplinary voice of health sciences communities;
  • Represent Canadian health sciences internationally and liaise with like international academies to enhance understanding and potential collaborations on matters of mutual interest.

For more information, visit: www.cahs-acss.ca

Graduate Students: Join CRHESI’s first grad student networking event

Are you a graduate student with an interest in health equity and social inclusion?

At CRHESI, students of all disciplines can find opportunities to learn from and collaborate on various stages of funding-application, research and knowledge translation projects. Join us for our first graduate student networking event:

We will tour current CRHESI initiatives and potential opportunities for research within university-community collaborations. You will also have an opportunity to meet some of our researchers and learn more about being a member. Refreshments will be served.

Friday Sept. 23 at 5 pm.

Innovation Works, 2nd Floor, 201 King Street

RSVP info@crhesi.ca | Spaces are limited

Research focus on refugee housing: Co-investigator Needed

Housing stability is an important contributor to health and wellbeing for all. However, establishing safe, secure, and affordable housing has proven to be more difficult for particular populations, including refugees to Canada (Murdie, 2008).

London’s Community Health Collaborative, lead by LHSC’s Dr. Matthew Meyer, is advancing a study to evaluate the impact of tenant and landlord education on health, housing stability, and social inclusion for Syrian refugees in an urban area in Canada.

Using a quasi-experimental design and mixed-methods, this study will assess the collective impact of  three landlord and tenant education initiatives on the self-rated health, housing stability, and social inclusion of government-assisted Syrian refugees settled in the city of London.

If you are researcher with an interest in housing issues, as well as health equity/social inclusion, please contact Matthew.Meyer@lhsc.on.ca for more information, or email us at info@crhesi.ca.

Ongoing Study: Local Employment Planning Council Labour Market Participation

Led by the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness, this research focuses on reasons for nonparticipation in the labour market, and strategies to encourage and support labour market engagement.  During the month of September we are conducting focus groups and interviews, as well have an online survey.

Help us promote and champion the study, helping us engage with people who are not working for pay or have recently experienced a job search. Please contact Gerda Zonruiter by email at gzonruiterconsulting@gmail.com, or by phone at 519-932-0535.

For more information about the Local Employment Planning Council, click here.

Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series – Join us September 21

Family Medicine at Western University will hold its second annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series this Sept. 21.

Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu will speak on “The Perils of Proximity.” Dr. Beaulieu is Professor, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, University of Montreal. Dr. Beaulieu is also a Research Associate at the Research Centre of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre and Scientific Co-Director of the Montreal Research Centre on Social Inequality and Discrimination.

Opening remarks and the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a celebratory reception. Registration is now open – http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/familymedicine/about_us/dr_ian_mcwhinney_lecture_series/2016.html