Scholarship within this hub examines the advancing role of nursing in global health and Indigenous health (within Canada and globally) in nursing practice, focusing on the acknowledgement and reduction of health inequities among less advantaged or vulnerable populations, exploring areas such as indigeneity, poverty, homelessness, migration, refugees, environmental health, global citizenship, cultural safety; and policy as it relates to advocacy in social justice, or human rights issues.  Research with a focus on Indigenous health will work in partnership with Indigenous peoples and scholars to address health equity amongst these populations within Canada.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: EXPLORING GLOBAL HEALTH COMPETENCIES FOR UNDERGRADUATE NURSING STUDENTS       

Principal Investigator: Barbara Astle (TWU)

Co- Investigators:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (TWU); Anne Redmond (TWU)

Date of Project: 2013 – Present

Funding: TWU Internal Grant

Ongoing Research: The purpose of this study was to examine how core global health competencies for nursing students could facilitate the development of global citizenship.

Upcoming Presentations (Accepted):

Astle, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Redman, A. (May 30, 2017). Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Perspectives on Global Health Competencies. Barcelona ICN Congress 2017, Barcelona, Spain.

Astle, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., & Redman, A. (July 11 – 14, 2017). Global Health Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Students: Preparing for the Future. Xi Eta and Region 1 – 2017 International Nursing Research and Leadership Conference. Vancouver, BC. Canada.

HOST PERSPECTIVES OF DESIRED GLOBAL HEALTH COMPETENCIES

Principal Investigators: W. Cherniak (University of Toronto, Canada); J. Evert (Child Family Health International, USA).

Interdisciplinary Collaborators: E. Latham (University of Wisconsin, USA); Barbara Astle (Trinity Western University, Canada); G. Anguyo (Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda); T. Beaunoir (Blue Roof LifeSpace, South Africa); J. H., Buenaventura (Child Family Health International, Phillipines); M. DeCamp, Johns Hopkins University, USA); K. Diaz (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador); Q. Eichbaum (Vanderbilit University School of Medicine, USA); M. Hedimbi (University of Namibia, Namibia); C. Myser (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA); C. Nwabu (Child Family Health International, Ghana); K. Standish (Yale University, USA).

Date of Project: 2013 to Present

Funding: Child Family Health International (CFHI); collaboration with Bridge to Health Medical and Dental.

Ongoing Research: The purpose of this study is to understand what global health competencies are important in trainees who travel to work in other countries, seeking opinions from host community members and colleagues in low-income and middle-income countries.

Cherniak, W., Latham, E., Astle, B., Anguyo, G., Beaunoir, T., Buenaventura, J.H., DeCamp, M., Diaz, K., Eichbaum, Q., Hedimbi, M., Myser, C., Nwobu, C., Standish, K., Evert, J. (2017). Host perspectives on short-term experiences in global health: A survey [Abstract]. Lancet, 9.

Cherniak, W., Latham, E., & Astle et al., Evert, J. (April 8, 2017). Host Perspective on International Experiences in Global Health – Isn’t it Time We Asked [Presentation]. Consortium of Universities in Global Health Conference. Washington, DC, USA.

Cherniak, W., Latham, E., & Astle et al., Evert, J. (March, 2015). Interprofessional host perspectives on global health competencies [Poster]. Consortium of Universities in Global Health 6th Annual Conference. Boston, MA, USA. Abstract published in Annuals of Global Health.

A SCOPING REVIEW ON THE HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL PRACTICES FOR PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE        

Principal Investigators: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (TWU) & Barbara Astle (TWU)

Co- Investigators:  Ikponwosa Ero (Under the Same Sun), Kristi Panchuk (UBC Doctoral Student),

Duncan Dixon (TWU, Academic Librarian), Kyla Janzen (TWU, Research Associate)

Date of Project: 2016 – Present

Funding: Under the Same Sun

Ongoing Research: The purpose of this study is to establish the current state of knowledge on albinism, spiritual and cultural practices, and implications for health and health services.

Upcoming Presentation (Accepted):

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Eros, IK., Dixon, D., Janzen, K., & Panchuk, K. (July 11 – 14, 2017). A Scoping Review on the Health Implications of Spiritual and Cultural Practices for Persons with Albinism: A Global Health Perspective. Xi Eta and Region 1 – 2017 International Nursing Research and Leadership Conference. Vancouver, BC. Canada.

NURSING STUDENTS PARTNERING: A ZAMBIAN-CANADIAN CASE STUDY

Principal Investigators: Barb Astle (TWU, Canada) & Sheryl Reimer Kirkham (TWU, Canada)

Co-Investigators: Darlane Pankratz (Canada):  Collaborator: Ms. Clare Kasapo Ntinde (Zambia)

Date of Project:  2013 - present

Funding: Western Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing

Ongoing Research: The purpose of this case study is to explore partnering between Zambian and Canadian nursing students in the context of an international learning experience.

Presentations:

Astle, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pankratz, D., & Kasapo Ntinde, C. (February 19, 2015). Implications for Nursing Education with International Placements. Western Northern Regions Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) Conference, College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, BC, Canada.

Astle, B., Pankratz, D., & Reimer-Kirkham, S. (February, 2014)). Nursing students partnering: A Zambian-Canadian Study – Challenges in conducting global research. Western and Northern Region Canadian Association Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) Conference, Winnipeg, MN, Canada.

CUGH GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION COMPETENCIES TOOL KIT

Principal Investigators: Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH Competency Sub-committee Members). Barbara.Astle@twu.ca (member).

Available on-line: March 2017

Date of Project:  Ongoing

The purpose of this tool kit provide learning objects and curricular content to support the competencies for two levels – the global citizen level and the basic operational program oriented level.

DEVELOPMENT OF A FRAMEWORK FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP ON PALLIATIVE CARE RESEARCH AND A GRADUATE COURSE

Principal Investigators: Joakim Öhlén (Ersta Skondal University College, Sweden) & Richard Sawatzky, [Trinity Western University (TWU), Canada]

Co-Investigators: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (TWU); Barbara Astle (TWU); Cecilia Håkanson (Sweden); Joyce Lee (TWU); Marjukka Eriksson (Sweden)

Date of Project:

Funding: Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education Grant.

Completed Research: The specific aim was to develop a framework for international collaboration on palliative care research and graduate education within pluralistic societies, which would integrate person-centred perspectives with standardization and measurement.

Publication:

Öhlén, J., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Astle, B., Håkanson, C., Lee, J., Eriksson, M., & Sawatzky, R. (Accepted, 2017). Person-centred care dialectics-Inquired in the context of palliative care. Nursing Philosophy.

PARTNERING WITH ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES: TYPE II DIABETES PREVENTION IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH (2006 – 2009)

Principal Investigators: Heather Meyerhoff, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Lynn Van Hofwegen

Co-Investigators:  Carolyne Neufeld (Health Manager, Seabird Island), Noy Khounviseth (Nutrition Educator, Seabird Island), Bill Luke (TWU), Landa Terblanche (TWU), Faith Richardson (TWU)

Date of Project:  2006 - 2009

Funding:  Seabird Island, Trinity Western University Diabetes Research Grant

See Project Report