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Current Initiatives

Literature review

IRWHP is currently conducting a literature review on three key health priority areas: mental health, maternal and child health and chronic illnesses (including, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease), pertaining to immigrant and racialized women in Ontario to highlight policy implications, find best practices, and identify research directions in these three health priority areas.

Three working groups are being established to conduct literature reviews and explore most effective ways of knowledge dissemination to targeted stakeholder groups in Ontario. These working groups include researchers and non-researchers who are working in the areas of immigrant and racialized women’s mental health under the leadership of Dr. Sepali Guruge, maternal/child health under the leadership of Dr. Nazilla Khanlou and health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses under the leadership of Dr. Denise Gastaldo.

Synthesized reports of the literature reviews will be presented at the IRWHP conference and made available online in May 2014. The literature reviews will be used to inform practitioners and policy makers in evidence based decisions and changes in practice, and policy, respectively. (For more information about this initiative, please contact Mary Susan Thomson at marysusan.thomson@ryerson.ca).

 

Knowledge transfer and exchange forums

IRWHP undertakes knowledge transfer opportunities to better inform policy and practice related to Immigrant and racialized women’s health.

A series of KTE events (in the form of brown-bag lunches, seminars, workshops, and other formats appropriate for each audience) on IRWH research findings at our community partner agencies at key locations throughout the province using formats suitable for targtted audiences (ie., policy makers, educators, students, local health integration networks, practitioners, researchers, administrators in government and health care practice settings and the community members) will be hosted.

 

Annual Immigrant Racialized Women’s Health Conference -  February 21, 2014

Plans are underway to host a conference of researchers, policy makers, educators, students, local Health Integration Networks, practitioners, administrators in government and health care practice settings and the community members by the end of February 2014. At this conference, we will present findings from the IRWH project’s literature reviews with respect to the three health priority areas mental health, maternal/child health and health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses for immigrant and racialized women.