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Advancing Policy and Research Responses to Immigrant and Refugee Women's Health in Canada
prepared by Mary Ann Mulvihill, Louise Mailloux and Wendy Atkin for Women's Health Bureau, Health Canada
An overview of Canadian research on immigrant and refugee women's health, drawing upon the earlier work of Kinon and Janzen, and on research conducted by Canada's Centres of Excellence for Women's Health and Metropolis Centres of Excellence. Preliminary policy issues, research questions and implications arising from the research, next steps to advance strategic planning, and action policy and research development on immigrant and refugee women's health. Can be used as a catalyst for discussion and action; of interest to policy audiences at the municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels, and researchers and non-governmental organizations engaged in the policy process.

Helen Verhovsek
Women's Health Bureau


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The Health Needs of Somali Women in the Lower Mainland: Focus Groups Report
prepared by Hawa Adam, Deeqa Mohamud and Ayan Mahamoud English adaptation of a report written in Somali provides a framework for addressing Somali women's health needs. Women from the Somali Women's Support Group and the MOSAIC Somali Mother's Group in partnership towards delivering better health care. Discussions on childbirth, mental health, nutrition, birth control, health of children and immunization, health issues of senior women, female genital mutilation, sexually transmitted diseases and lack of health information and resources. For ordering information, contact CWHN.


Research Bulletin: What Do Women Want?
Centre of Excellence for Women's Health edited by Ann Pederson
Focus on health services delivery with studies describing what women want from the health care system in their roles as providers, users and decision makers. Efforts to make the Canadian system more effective and appropriate for women, specific innovations in care delivery, and what women say needs to change. Includes Privatization and Women's Health in Canada, Marginalized Voices from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Women-Centred Care in Cervical Cancer Screening in Ethnocultural Groups, Caregivers' Support Needs, Challenges of Integration, and Midwifery Care. English/ French bilingual format.

Canadian Women's Health Network

Suite 203–419 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0M3
Ph: (204) 942-5500
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Email:cwhn@cwhn.ca
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The Challenge of Change: The Midlife Health Needs of Women with Disabilities
prepared by Marina Morrow
Women with disabilities are part of our aging female population but very little is known about their specific experiences and concerns about relevant midlife issues. With the Midlife Health Needs of Women with Disabilities Advisory Committee, co-sponsored by BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and DAWN Canada: DisAbled Women's Network Canada, this study highlights interconnections between menopause, disability and aging. Interviews with women with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses, and women with developmental disabilities and their caregivers probing their experiences and thoughts.

British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health

E311–4500 Oak Street
Vancouver BC V6H 3N1
Ph: (604) 875-2633
Fx: (604) 875-3716
Email:bccewh@bccewh.bc.ca
Web: www.bccewh.bc.ca





A Discussion Paper for the National Network on Environments and Women's Health
prepared by Barbara Rahder and Rebecca Peterson with the assistance of Christy Doyle and Jackie Kennelly
Women's experiences and perceptions of their health and environments differ in terms of the types of environments they encounter day-to-day, and the risks and opportunities they encounter. We met with seven different groups of womenÑ older women, teen girls, Native women, immigrant women, single mothers, women with a disability and academic womenÑ to hear directly from them about their experiences and perceptions of their health and environments. This paper highlights the responses of each group, and looks at what is different and what is shared.

Centre for Health Studies

York University, 4700 Keele Street
214 York Lanes, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3
Ph: (416) 736-5941
Fx: (416) 736-5986
Email:NNEWH@yorku.ca




Marginalized Voices from the Downtown Eastside: Aboriginal Women Speak About Their Health Experiences
prepared by Cecilia Benoit and Dena Carroll with the assistance of Lisa Lawr and Munaza Chaudhry
Research on general health service delivery in urban areas of British Columbia and other Canadian cities shows that Aboriginal women face formidable barriers in accessing provincial health services. Over the past decade, Urban Aboriginal Health Centres, controlled by Aboriginal people, have emerged to address unmet health concerns of members of their population. Using a case study approach, this research addresses the gap in social science literature on how health care concerns of Aboriginal women living in marginalized areas of metropolitan cities are being met by UAHCs. Specifically, it aims to give voice to Aboriginal women by asking them to identify where the service delivery models provides the appropriate professional services and programs they need to take control of their health.

Cecilia Benoit

Department of Sociology,
University of Victoria, BC V8W 3P5
Ph: (250) 721-7578
Fx: (250) 721-6217
Email:cbenoit@uvic.ca
Download: http://web.uvic.ca/~cbenoit/