Barb Astle
Director, MSN Program, Associate Professor of Nursing
Office
Neufeld Science Centre, Langley/BC
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3260

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Biography

“I passionately believe in the importance of working alongside my students, colleagues, and partners, in order that we learn together, evolve and move forward in the field of global health”

Astle is the Director of the Master in Science (MSN) program. She is currently a consultant on the TWU COVID-19 Health and Safety Task Force. Astle is recognized as a leader in global health education, research literacy, and for her involvement in numerous national and international organizations. Astle is co-editor for the Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing Undergraduate textbook, which includes a Global Health Chapter, a first in such a textbook. In addition, Astle co-authored an interdisciplinary textbook on research literacy for health and community practice.

Astle is Co-Chair for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Competency Sub-committee, Washington, DC; Advisory Board Member for the Global Nursing Caucus (CNC), Boston, MA; Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CGHR), served as Chair and Past Chair for the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH), Ottawa, ON, and is Founding Member for Women in Global Health (WGH) Canadian Chapter launched in 2020. She was a recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Education Award by the Association of Registered Nurses in British Columbia, Canada (2017) acknowledging her research, eduation, and mentorship in global health.

Astle’s research focuses on areas of global health, planetary health, health equity, human rights, gender, and research literacy related to education, and population health. She is currently leading an international survey on the utilization of interprofessional global health competencies. Astle co-leads an international interdisciplinary research team studying mothering, albinism, and human rights in mapping patterns of resilience at the juncture of gender, colorism, and religion in Tanzania, South Africa, and Ghana.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in global health, health policy, knowledge translation, and research literacy.

Research & Scholarship

Selected current research

Mothering, albinism, and human rights in Africa: Mapping patterns of resilience at the juncture of gender, colourism, and religion. ($289,592).  Reimer-Kirkham, S. (applicant); Co-applicants:  Astle, B., Beaman, L., Ibhawow, B., Tettey, W.; Collaborators: Ero, IK., Imafidon, E., Sharma, S.,  Panchuk, K.; Site Collaborators: Senkora, P., Rwela, E., Mgijima-Konopi, I., Kromberg, J., Mazibuko, G., Waifi, B. Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight (2019 – 2023). See: Motheringandalbinism.com

Guidelines for healthcare providers’ application of patient-centred measurement (PCM) data in practice. ($147.974.28).  Wolf, A (PI); Co-Is:  Astle, B., Gibson, D., Liva, S., Musto, L., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Dixon, D., Hejazi, S., Neptune, A., Howard, F., Vedam, S., Stoll, K., Edwards, L., Oelke, N. Collaborators: Urbina-Beggs, M., McNeil, S., Williams, I., Zadeh, Z., Gidda, R., Butcher, C., Burrow, A., Oyedel, S., Tarrant, M.  (2019 – 2023).

Utilization of Consortium of Universities for Global Health Competency Toolkit: A Survey. Astle, B (PI); Co-Is: Cheema, S., Dougherty, A., Nnodim, I. Jehn, M., Pomerani, T., & Matthews, S. (2019-2021).

The welfare and security of persons with albinism: Developing a research-policy network to address the interplay of spiritual/cultural practices and human rights.  ($74,890).  Principal Investigator: S. Reimer-Kirkham, S. Co-applicants:  Astle, B., Beaman, L., Ibhawow, B., Tettey, W; Consultants:  Ero, IK, Dixon, D., Sawatzky, R., HQP:  Panchuk, K. Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017 – 2019).

Education

  • PhD in Nursing. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Master of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Bachelor Science in Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Awards & Honors

  • University Senate, Trinity Western University (2019-2023)
  • Outstanding Collaboration Team Award, TWU School of Nursing (2018)
  • Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Award of Excellence in Nursing Education (2017)
  • International Council of Nurses (ICN), Burdett Trust for Nursing – Global Nursing Leadership Institute Award (2012)

Recent Publications

Recent (Selected) Publications:

Johnson, B., Astle, B., Jalovcic, E., & Mac-Seing, M. (July 23, 2020). The COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better in Canada’s Long-Term Care Facilities. Women in Global Health (WGH) Canada http://www.csih.org/en/blog/covid-19-pandemic-and-building-back-better-canadas-long-term-care-facilities

Stallwood, L., Adu, P. A., Tairyan, K., & Astle, B., Yassi, A., (2020). Applying equity-centered principles in an interprofessional global health course: A mixed methods study. BMC Medical Education. 20(224), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02141-1

Astle, B., Reimer-Kirkham. S., Theron, M., & Lee, X. (2020).  An innovative online knowledge translation curriculum in graduate education. WORLDViews on Evidence-Based Nursing. 1-10.

Astle, B. (In press). Global nursing: Locally and looking beyond our borders. In T. McParland & L. McCleary (Eds.). Canadian nursing issues & perspectives.

Astle, B., Bourque-Bearskin, L., Dordunoo, D., Egert, A., Houweling, R., Moen, N., Plamondon, K., Radu, R., Sanderson, D., & Smith, C. (2020.01.07). Nurses for planetary health: A call to action. Blog; Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia. https://www.nnpbc.com/nurses-for-planetary-health-a-call-to-action/

Astle, B., Faerron, C., Landry, A., Romocki, L., & Evert, J. (Co-editors). (2019). Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit (2nd ed). Washington, DC: CUGH. https://www.cugh.org/resources/2063

Spence, N., Kara, T, Plamondon, K., Astle, B., & Joe-Ikechebelu, N. (2019; Invited paper).  Adopting a health equity lens in emergency management. HazNet Magazine. [The magazine of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network], 13(2), 1-23.

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Ero, I., Panchuk, K., Dixon, D. (2019). Albinism, spiritual and cultural practices, and implications for health healthcare, and human rights: A scoping review. Disability & Society, 34(5) 747-774.

Theron, M., Astle, B., Duncan, D. & Redman, A. (2019). Beyond checklists: A nursing informatics education strategy for undergraduate nursing students appraising health information on social networking sites (SNS) / Au-delà des listes de vérification : Une stratégie de formation infirmière au numérique pour l’évaluation, par les étudiantes de premier cycle, des informations sur la santé présentes sur les sites des réseaux sociaux (SRS)," Quality Advancement in Nursing Education - Avancées en formation infirmière, 5(1) Article 6.

Houweling, R., & Astle, B. (2018). Principles to guide a volunteer humanitarian faith-based short-term medical mission (STMM) in Nepal: A case study. Christian Journal for Global Health. 5(3), 35-42.

Cherniak, W., Latham, E., Astle, B., Anguyo, G., Beaunoir, T., Buenaventura, J., DeCamp, M., Diaz, K., Eichbaum, Q., Hedimbi, M., Myser, C., Nwobu, C., Standish, K., & Evert, J. (2017). Visiting trainees in global settings: Host and partner perspectives on desirable competencies and learning objectives. Annals of Global Health. 83(2), 359-368.

Jakubec, S., & Astle, B. (2017). Research literacy for health and community practice (1st ed.). Canadian Scholar’s Press / Women’s Press.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • BCNNP – Registered Nurse, British Columbia
  • Co-Director and Founding Member, TWU Centre for Equity and Global Engagement
  • Member: Canadian Women in Global Health (CWIGH) Working Group
  • Member: Gender Equity Hub – Women in Global Health
  • Member, Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
  • Advisory Board Member, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • Member, Western and Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
  • Advisory Board Member, Global Nursing Caucus (GNC), Boston, MA.
  • International Advisory and Editorial Board, Christian Journal for Global Health
  • Founding Member, Mu Sigma, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society

Expertise

Astle’s expertise focuses on global health and health equity education; research related to: global citizenship and competency-based curriculum in global and planetary health (undergraduate / graduate / host competencies); equity-centred principles for global health education and research; global educational / research partnerships; local/global clinical placements; albinism and human rights; gender; indigenous health; stigma; pandemic response; integrated knowledge translation and innovative pedagogies for research literacy.

Research methodologies: critical perspectives; interpretive description; qualitative / participatory action research; research-policy-advocacy networks; survey methods.

Courses Taught

NURS 224            Evidence-Informed Practice

NURS 227            Global Health, Humanitarian & Global Missions

NURS 484            Leadership in Nursing         

NURS 520            Knowledge Synthesis

NURS 530            Nursing Inquiry 1 (Qualitative Research)

NURS 550            Health Care Policy

NURS 621            Perspectives on Nursing Leadership

NURS 692/693     Knowledge Translation

Directed Studies:  Global Health

SPPH 581K DL     Practical Knowledge and Skills for Working in Global Health [Tri-University Course: Trinity Western University (TWU), University of British Columbia (UBC), and Simon Fraser University (SFU)]