ARCH - A Research Collaborative for Global Health Equity

ARCH (Alliance for Research and Equity in Global Health)
ARCH (Alliance for Research and Equity in Global Health)


Queen Elizabeth II Advanced Scholars Program
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Catalyst Grant
Queen's Research Opportunities International Fund
Centre for Studies in Primary Care Research Initiation Grant
Sexual Violence Research Intitative/World Bank's Development Marketplace for Innovation on GBV Prevention
Centre for Studies in Primary Care Research Grant
ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Equity in Maternal and Child Health – Queen’s Elizabeth II Scholars Program

Advanced Scholars Program: QE Scholars Network for Equity in Maternal and Child Health (Co-Principal Investigators: Heather Aldersey, Susan Bartels, Colleen Davison, Eva Purkey)

Dr. Susan Bartels working with the Sensemaker tool















Inequities in maternal and child health outcomes and access exist globally for certain groups, including those impacted by armed conflict, emote populations displaced people, and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, these groups are rarely prioritized in research or policy.
It is estimated that six million children die every year before reaching the age of five. The maternal death rate in low- and middle-income countries is 14 times higher than in developed regions.
Working with confirmed partners in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and Mongolia, this project will include studentships and scholarly exchanges to create a network of engaged, ethical and innovative global health researchers addressing inequities in maternal and child health. [May 2017 - December 2020]
The goal is to equip the next generation of maternal and child health researchers with the skills and knowledge to advocate for these vulnerable populations.
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program is managed through a unique partnership between Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. It is made possible with financial support from the International Development Research Centre and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Catalyst Grant: Deliberative Dialogue and Arts-Based Discussion Facilitation- Catalyzing Indigenous Wellness Research and Programming in Arviat, Nunavut  

(Principal Investigator: Colleen Davison, Co-Investigators:  Eric Anoee, Susan Bartels, Keith Collier, Katrina Plamondon, Eva Purkey)

Community based program using deliberative dialogue and arts-based facilitation as an approach to wellness research and improved programming. [May 2017 - March 2020]

Queen’s Research Opportunities International Fund: Setting Priorities for Sex and Relationship Education for Women with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  

(Principal Investigator: Heather Aldersey, Co-Investigators: Susan Bartels, Salome Kavira, Leslie Walker-Hirsch)

Participatory research on sex and relationship education priorities for women with intellectual disabilities and key stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [May 2017 - May 2019]

Center for Studies in Primary Care Research Initiation Grant: Monitoring and Evaluation of Neonatal Hepatitis B Immunization Project in Karenni State, Myanmar

(Principal Investigator Eva Purkey, Co-Investigators: Susan Bartels, Colleen Davison, Hugh Guan)

Funds to implement monitoring and evaluation for a community-based organization program in Myanmar to provide hepatitis B vaccination to babies born to hepatitis B positive mothers. [January 2016 -December 2017]

Sexual Violence Research Initiative / World Bank’s Development Marketplace for Innovation on GBV Prevention: Making Sense of Child Marriage Among Syrian Refugee Girls in Lebanon

(Principal Investigator: Susan Bartels, Co-Investigators: Nour Bakhache, Harveen Bergquist, Annie Bunting, Colleen Davison, Stephanie Garbern, Saja Michael, Sophie Roupetz] 

A mixed methods study using Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker® to explore the economic, cultural, religious and security factors that contribute to child marriage among displaced Syrian populations with the goal of identifying community-based strategies to reduce rates of child marriage. [May 2016 - April 2018]

Center for Studies in Primary Care Research Grant:  The ACEs Study - Adverse Childhood Events and ER Utilization Study

(Principal Investigator: Eva Purkey, Co-Investigators: Susan Bartels, Tracey Beckett, Colleen Davison, Meredith MacKenzie)

A study to investigate the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and subsequent emergency room utilization later in life with the longer-term goal of implementing trauma-informed care. [May 2017 - April 2018]

ELRHA Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Feasibility and Value of Using SenseMaker® to Improve Monitoring and Evaluation for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Programs and Services

(Principal Investigator: Susan Bartels, Co-Investigators: Ghida Anani, Colleen Davison, Petronille Geara, Jocelyn Kelly, Saja Michael, Alexia Nissen, Parveen Parmar, Jennifer Scott, Laurie Webster )

This project will examine the feasibility of an innovative monitoring and evaluation tool, Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker®, to generate timely mixed methods data about sexual and gender-based violence programs and services in a humanitarian setting. [September 2017 - August 2018]