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

MOTHERING, ALBINISM, AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA: MAPPING PATTERNS OF RESILIENCE AT THE JUNCTURE OF GENDER, COLOURISM, AND RELIGION. 

Principal Investigators:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Barbara Astle, Ikponwosa Ero (UN)

Research Team:  Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa), Bonny Ibhawoh (McMaster University), Elvis Imafidon (Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria), Jennifer Kromberg (University of Witwatersrand), Nomasanto Mazibuko (Albinism Society of South Africa), Innocentia Mgijima-Konopi (University of Pretoria), Kristi Panchuk, Pepetua Senkora (Under the Same Sun Tanzania), Sonya Sharma (Kingston University London), Wisdom Tettey (University of Toronto), Bo Waifi (Ghana)

Research Staff: Emma Strobell (TWU), Meghann Buyco (TWU)

Read more about the project here.

 

THE WELFARE AND SECURITY OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM:  DEVELOPING A RESEARCH-POLICY NETWORK TO ADDRESS THE INTERPLAY OF SPIRITUAL/CULTURAL PRACTICES AND HUMAN RIGHTS. 

Project Lead:  Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham

Project Team:  Barb Astle, Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa), Ikponwosa Ero (UN), Bonny Ibhawoh (McMaster University), Kristi Panchuk, Wisdom Tettey (University of Toronto)

Consultants: Duncan Dixon, Rick Sawatzky

 

ELEVATING THE USES OF STORYTELLING APPROACHES WITHIN INDIGENOUS RESEARCH: A PATIENT-ENGAGED SCOPING REVIEW STUDY INVOLVING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND SETTLERS.

Project Lead:  Kendra Rieger

Project Team: S. Gazan, M.Buss, L.Cook, S.Copenace, C.Garson, B.Hornan, M.Horton, S.Howard, K.McPerson, J.Rattray, M.Bennet, A.Chudyk, T.Hack, T.Horrill, J.Linton, D.Martin, W.Philips-Beck, & A.Schultz

 

ENGAGING PATIENTS AND ELDERS IN AN EXPLORATION OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF BREAST CANCER USING DIGITAL STORYTELLING.

Project Lead:  Kendra Rieger

Project Team: M.Bennet, T.Hack, D.Martin (University of Manitoba)

 

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

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)

 

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

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 (completed)

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).

 

NURSING STUDENTS PARTNERING: A ZAMBIAN-CANADIAN CASE STUDY (Completed)

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

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

 

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 online: https://www.cugh.org/resources/2063

 

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

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)

 

PARTNERING WITH ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES: TYPE II DIABETES PREVENTION IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH (Completed)

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)

See Project Report