Co-Principal Investigators: Colleen Davison, Eva Purkey, Susan Bartels, Heather Aldersey
Advanced Scholars Program: QE Scholars Network for Equity in Mateernal and Child Health
Exposure to adversity in childhood can contribute to negative physical, psychological and behavioural outcomes in adults. Families living in adverse situations, such as those living in situations of poverty, displacement, stigma, disaster or experiencing medical need, live at increased levels of stress with negative consequences for the health and well-being of family members, both children and adults. There is limited scholarship looking at parental adaptations in other geographic areas or across different types of adverse situations.
Our research question is: What parenting strategies and adaptations do individuals use when raising children in situations of adversity?
Our aim is to conduct an international comparative study that can help us learn more about parenting strategies and adaptations, be they unique within or shared across adversity contexts, in order to inform efforts to better support parents in adverse situations internationally.
The focus of this project is to examine the strategies and adaptations used by parents when raising children in situations of adversity, including but not limited to populations facing forced displacement due to violence or environmental change/disaster, populations facing barriers related to disability; populations living in extreme poverty; and populations facing threats on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
Inequities in maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and access exist globally for certain groups, including those impacted by armed conflict, remote populations, displaced persons, and people with disabilities. Unfortunately these groups are rarely prioritized in research or policy. ARCH at Queen’s University is hosting awards for individual researchers through the Queen Elizabeth Scholars – Advanced Scholars Network for Equity in Maternal and Child Health from January 2018 to November 2020. Individual awards will support incoming and out-going research exchanges between researchers at Queen’s University and international partner institutions. The objective of all research exchanges will be to build capacity at LMIC partner institutions for research related to equity in maternal child health, and to create an international network of engaged, ethical and innovative global health researchers supporting equity in MCH.
About the QES Initiative
In 2012, Canada celebrated the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. To honour this milestone, the Government of Canada collaborated with Canadian public and private sector organizations to fund an inspiring new scholarship initiative: the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program (QES). Launched in 2014, QES has activated a dynamic community of young global leaders that have created lasting impacts at home and abroad. The program has achieved this through international education, providing opportunities for discovery and inquiry and enabling professional experiences. Scholarship recipients, called “Queen Elizabeth Scholars”, engage with communities, learn about cultures and create projects and actions that impact the world. They are part of a global network of Queen Elizabeth Scholars who share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate on meaningful initiatives. Please visit the Queen Elizabeth Scholars website to learn more about QES.
Thanks to the generous financial support of $10 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), QES is expanding its reach to support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers from Canada and LMICs to develop solutions to complex national and global challenges. The QES-AS will focus on institutional capacity strengthening of the partner institutions from the Global South. The Advanced Scholars phase of the QES program aims to identify scholars showing leadership potential, and support them in acquiring world-ready research experience through a university, in collaboration with either a non-profit organization or industry. QES-AS aims to strengthen university linkages with industry, community and international partners to explore new opportunities and to better position Canadian universities in the competitive international higher education market. It will support Canadian champions abroad and create a network of Canadian and LMIC research leaders who are engaged in finding solutions to complex global development challenges. QES-AS will facilitate a dynamic network of Canadian and LMIC research leaders who are engaged in finding solutions to complex global development challenges.
Queens QES Summer 2018
In the summer of 2018, the ARCH collaborative hosted 6 international scholars from The Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, and Mongolia. Each scholar was here for 90 days, spending time attending workshops on research methods, health equity, indigenous health and other relevant topics, as well as working with community organizations supporting research needs at these organizations all the while developing their own research skills. Scholars worked on individual research projects which will be supported by the QES project on topics related to maternal and child health equity in their countries of origin. All scholars have committed to supporting research capacity development within their home institutions.
Dr. Imaan Bayoumi and Dr. Eva Purkey from Queen’s University are conducting an important research study to examine the social and emotional impacts of COVID19. They are conducting this study through the online completion of two anonymous surveys: The Cost of COVID survey and Storytelling survey. The team believes that the results of this project will be useful for better understanding Canadians’ needs and will help us to better meet those needs.
Please visit their Facebook page for more details and results as they are released.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this research, you can contact the principal investigators: Eva Purkey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Imaan Bayoumi by email at email@example.com.
Advanced Scholars Program: QE Scholars Network for Equity in Maternal and Child Health (Co-Principal Investigators: Heather Aldersey, Susan Bartels, Colleen Davison, Eva Purkey.
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.
Queen’ Elizabeth Scholars complete their program at Queen’s University in August 2019. Scholars from low- and middle-income Universities spent three months on campus undertaking collaborative research projects and research training before returning to their home institutions in Zambia, Ghana, Mongolia and the DRC.
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]