Reducing mental health disparities through population health promotion: translating knowledge into practice – practice into knowledge
Last Updated: December 7, 2012
Sylvia Abonyi, PhD ((Co-Investigator))
Through knowledge development and translation activities, this project sought to understand and address mental health disparities among vulnerable populations, specifically Indigenous and racialized immigrant women. This project, led by Lewis Williams (University of Saskatchewan Arts Department) as Principal Investigator, mobilized a trans-disciplinary and multi-faceted research program that will create new knowledge in mental health promotion theory, policy, and practice. This was achieved by bringing together a unique blend of research scientists, policy and decision makers, and community-based practitioners.
Goals / Outcomes: The objectives of the study included: mapping the continuum of approaches to mental wellbeing and culturally embedded conceptualizations of mental health in mental health promotion-related discourse and policy; the development of culturally relevant evaluation frameworks; theorization of MHP processes relevant to the study groups; the development of innovative and culturally relevant knowledge translation approaches; and building interdisciplinary and long-term research capacity through the integration of multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches with the university and community-based training opportunities.
Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Teams Grant Program)