Reducing mental health disparities through population health promotion: Translating knowledge into practice – practice into knowledge

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Investigator)
  (Co-Investigator)

This project examines mental health disparities among vulnerable populations by mobilizing a trans-disciplinary and multi-faceted research program that creates new knowledge in mental health promotion theory, policy and practice. The project is bringing together a unique blend of research scientists, policy and decision makers, and community-based practitioners that work with Indigenous or racialized immigrant women. The research program, led by Co-principal Investigators Lewis Williams and Caroline Tait of the University of Saskatchewan, consists of components such as a research literature review, analysis of federal and provincial MHPR policies and programs, analysis of existing evidence-based health promotion information, collection of data from the populations through recorded and transcribed interviews and focus groups, and knowledge translation.

Goals / Outcomes: Through knowledge development and translation activities, this project aims to understand and address mental health disparities among populations, specifically Indigenous and racialized immigrant women. The research will better inform mental health promotion interventions and evaluation systems, as well as health care practices and policies aimed at reducing mental health disparities.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Teams Grant Program