CASPR Webinar Series: Exploring the Intersection of Racism and (Chronic) Pain

In a world where chronic pain affects millions, the critical examination of pain research is an essential pursuit. On October 26, 2023, CASPR (Critical Approaches to Scholarship in Pain Research) invites you to delve into the crucial conversation on racism and its impact on experiences of (chronic) pain within racialized communities.

Chaired by Dr. Jackie Walumbe, this webinar will feature thought-provoking presentations by esteemed scholars Dr. Staja “Star” Booker, Dr. Anna Hood, and Dr. Vani Mathur. Together, they will explore the prevalence of racism in the conceptualizations and approaches to chronic pain, a topic that often goes unexamined.

CASPR is a collective of international social science scholars, including sociologists, anthropologists, and social workers, whose work focuses on chronic pain and issues of social justice. This multidisciplinary approach seeks to address the often-neglected social justice dimensions of chronic pain research.

Join us on October 26th at 11:00 AM EST to be a part of this critical discussion. To register for the webinar, please visit this link: Webinar Registration

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain insights, engage in dialogue, and contribute to the ongoing exploration of chronic pain research and its societal impact. CASPR’s webinar series is fostering collaboration among international scholars to better understand and address the social justice dimensions of chronic pain research. We look forward to your participation in this important conversation.

Fostering a Welcoming Environment: The Sixth ‘Setting Immigrants Up For Success’ Event

As we continue to embrace diversity and welcome newcomers into our communities, it becomes essential to understand the challenges immigrants face when starting a new life in a foreign land. The “Setting Immigrants Up For Success” event, now in its sixth iteration, promises to provide valuable insights and foster a more welcoming environment through sponsorship, language, and health services. The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm at Gateway Church, 890 Sarnia Rd, London.

The theme of this event, “Fostering a welcoming environment through Sponsorship, Language, and Health Services,” highlights the importance of a holistic approach to immigrant integration. By addressing the key areas of sponsorship, language support, and healthcare access, we can make a significant impact on the lives of newcomers to our community.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Gateway Church, 890 Sarnia Rd, London

This free in-person event is open to everyone, with a special invitation to leaders and members of all faith groups and individuals who provide assistance to newcomers. Whether you’re an established community member or a recent immigrant yourself, this event promises to offer valuable insights and networking opportunities.

Register Now:

To join this important conversation and be a part of the solution in creating a more welcoming environment for immigrants, make sure to register for the event. You can register and find more details by clicking here.

The “Setting Immigrants Up For Success” event has been a beacon of hope and positive change for our community. It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together, learn, and take action to make our communities even more inclusive and welcoming for newcomers. By focusing on sponsorship, language, and healthcare, we can work towards a brighter future where immigrants can thrive and contribute to the richness of our diverse society. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the change on October 19, 2023, at Gateway Church in London.

Trauma-Informed Care in Rehabilitation Services: A Call for Survivor Participation

The RED Neuro Lab, based at the Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity at Parkwood Institute, is embarking on a crucial case study that aims to shed light on the experiences of survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Domestic Violence (DV) who have used rehabilitation services. This study focuses on the integration of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) into rehabilitation services, with the ultimate goal of providing responsive care for vulnerable populations and healthcare professionals.

The Purpose of the Study:

The central goal of this study is to explore survivors’ experiences with rehabilitation services after experiencing SGBV and/or DV. By doing so, it aims to develop a model of care that is sensitive to the needs of these survivors. This study seeks to:

  1. Understand the relationship between SGBV and/or DV, health, and the use of rehabilitation services.
  2. Explore potential pathways to safety and care for individuals who have experienced health issues requiring rehabilitation care.

Eligibility Criteria:

To participate in this important research, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be survivors of SGBV and/or DV who have used or are using rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and mental health rehabilitation services.

Steps of the Study

The study involves several stages:

  1. Eligibility: Participants must meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
  2. Interviews/Questionnaires: Survivors will be interviewed to explore their experiences with rehabilitation services.
  3. Analysis of Collected Data: The collected data will be analyzed to draw meaningful conclusions.
  4. Analysis & Validation: The findings will be shared with participants to validate the researcher’s interpretation.

How to Get Involved:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in participating in this study, you can express your interest by completing the pre-screening form via the provided QR code (below) or link. By doing so, you are not consenting to participate, but you will be contacted with further information.

Contact Information

For more information or to express your interest in participating, you can contact the following individuals:

Resources for Support

The study also provides a list of resources for individuals who may need support related to SGBV, DV, or trauma. These resources include crisis hotlines, counseling services, and support organizations.

The RED Neuro Lab’s case study on Trauma-Informed Care in Rehabilitation Services for survivors of SGBV and DV is a significant step toward improving the quality of care for survivors and ensuring their voices are heard. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have a story to share, consider participating in this vital research effort, which has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of survivors and the healthcare system as a whole.

A future we want: A home for all Parallel Event: GA 78th Session, Sustainable Development Summit and Urban October

The UN Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH) is hosting an event to address the intersectionality of homelessness by reflecting on General Assembly Resolution 76/133 (2022) and the Secretary General’s first-ever report on Homelessness A/78/236. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for persons experiencing homelessness and civil society as well as Member States along with other experts to identify the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain as the United Nations brings into focus the complex issue of homelessness with a view to achieving a future in which every person experiences the dignity and human right of a safe, habitable, affordable, secure home. 

This is a hybrid event, with the option to attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

In-Person Location: The Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York (Enter on 44th Street) 

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EST)