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Creating an Aboriginal Women Health Research Centre

0 Posted by - December 23, 2016 -

This Case Study  is produced in collaboration with the Native Women Association of Canada (NWAC)

In July 2016, NWAC announced that it was now recognized as an eligible institution to administer health research grant and funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). NWAC is now able to apply directly for CIHR health research funding opportunities and hold research grants and award funds.
With this new designation, Aboriginal communities can collaborate with NWAC to engage in Aboriginal women’s health research that is of interest and a priority to them. NWAC is dedicated to promoting and developing research in a way that encourages self-determination and community-driven research participation of Aboriginals in remote, rural and urban communities across Canada.  The next step is for the project to acquire the NWAC’s Board of Directors approval.
NWAC’s aim is to generate knowledge from evidence based research and turn the knowledge into actionable activities that will help improve Aboriginal Women’s health and well-being and trickle down to the family.
The Idea Connector Network (ICN) has accepted to collaborate with NWAC in this case study because in our opinion the creation of an Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre is an idea that has the potential of being a true game changer in the lives of Aboriginal women and their families.
Objectives of this Case Study
  • To produce a framework on which to build the implementation plan, process and resource schedule needed for the creation of NWAC Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre.
  • To identify the needs, wants and priorities of the Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre
  • To generate awareness in the Aboriginal community, in academia (targeting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Researchers), Government Departments, selected Private Sector Corporations, Health Organizations, Federal Elected Officials, and with the Media.
  • To get a sense of various audiences’ perception on the creation of an Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre.
Case Study — Technique
For the purpose of this study ICN brought to bear its “Foresight Method” expertise to organize how to approach and deal with uncertainty. 
The method first helped guide us to position ourselves in the tides of change and then it enabled us, in a structured manner, to think about what could be possible at the edge of a determined short, mid and long term future.
Under the leadership of ICN’s Foresight Director, David Harries, Ph.D. P.Eng., invited expert panels and subject experts, were encouraged to give substance to NWAC’s  aspirations. These experts were  encouraged to think forward, in positive ways, and to consider practical means and opportunities, and pathways in the context of prevailing uncertainty and risk.
There was 5 steps to the delivery of the project. The last of these steps is the production of  a Framework report, to be published by Jan 31, 2017.  The report will be available at this location. If you wish to to receive a digital copy   click and fill the form …/ REPORT
The other stepsinterviews-series
Step 1.
 ICN has produced 3 video interviews with Aboriginal Women who have shared their views and experience on the health status of Aboriginal women from across Canada and on the discrepancies resulting from the historical approach to research on Aboriginal women’s health.  To view these interviews click  …/ INTERVIEWS
Step 2. First online panel  the discussion took place live online Nov 22, 2016. The panel was produced from ICN’s studio with a few of the panelist were in the studio, while others participated from their own locations across Canada.  The panel Host and Foresight Advisor participated from the ICN studio. Some 94 people from across had registered  as participants to the discussion.  The panelists and online participants were asked to explore this overarching question: What if…. … NWAC created an Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre and enabled research on Aboriginal women’s health to be community driven.”  For more details on the panel discussion and to view click …/ PANEL ONE
Step 3 Survey To broaden people’s input into issues that were explored and to validate these same issues, a survey using email and social media was carried out. The questionnaire was built using consensus arrived at by the panelists in panel number one. Survey participants did not need to self-identify – they were asked to respond in the context of the future. To view the survey results click …/ SURVEY
Step 4 Second Panel  The goal of the 6 Dec dialogue is to outline the early actions, in priority, that can and should be taken to provide the AWHRC (Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre) with a solid foundation. Panelists were encouraged to reflect on the discussions of 22 Nov, and review the questions of the survey published post-panel one. It was also suggested to the panelists that it may be helpful to organize their notes using a list of thematic headings such as: operations, administration, logistics, relationships, infrastructure, ethics and funding.
The establishment of an AWHRC is in the future. Consequently, it was suggested to both panelists and online participants to think ahead to ‘see’ what its context might be, with special attention to plausible threats to its achievement and to plausible opportunities for improving its prospects for success.For more details on the panel discussion and to view click …/ PANEL TWO
For more information on this case study contact:
Guy Dancause, CCO
Idea Connector Network
Tel, 613.686.1190


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