Calls for Submissions and Participation

Help save trans* lives!

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Volunteer for Get Screened! 

If you are passionate about health care for trans* communities, then Get Screened may be for you! Get Screened is looking for trans* volunteers to talk to their friends and communities about the importance of finding colon, breast/chest and cervical cancers early by getting screened. For example, you could facilitate a small group presentation at a drop-in group you attend regularly, or chat informally with a friend about cancer screening while you’re having dinner.

Get Screened volunteers are:

-Trans* identified

-Passionate about health care in Two Spirit, transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming communities

-Well-networked in trans* communities

-Interested in spreading the word about the importance of colon, breast/chest and cervical cancer screening

-Friendly, talkative, compassionate, respectful of confidentiality 

Volunteers will have opportunities to gain:

-Knowledge and resources on cancer screening in trans* communities

-Health promotion and communication skills

-Event planning and group presentation skills

-Leadership skills

Training will take place mid-December. Staff support, meals, a certificate, and TTC tokens for trainings will be provided.

Contact them if:

-You want to volunteer

-Have questions

-You’re from another city in Ontario and interested

-You are not trans* but want to get involved in cancer screening in LGBTQ communities

Contact Arti Mehta at or 416-323-7071.

Demystifying Breast Cancer – Share Your Stories

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There is no shortage of stories about people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer or calls from media outlets and other venues to collect them. The inspiring image of the courageous, optimistic cancer fighter is commonly revered especially in mass media and advocacy.

But what about the other stories? The counter-stories? The stories that reflect on how differences in gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, social class, nation, or cancer type shape one’s experience of breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Consortium members Grazia de Michele and Cinzia Greco are editing a special issue of the BCC newsletter that highlights compelling stories typically missing from the broader breast cancer narrative. They are especially interested in stories that bust myths, resist stereotypes, and unveil how social dynamics impact the experience of breast cancer. Narratives of male breast cancer experiences are welcome and encouraged.

If you would like to share your story, please send a proposal (500 words). Abstracts in Italian, French and Spanish are also welcome.

Send to:

Deadline for proposals is November 30th.

For more information, please visit their website.


Newcomer Immigrant Women – What do you think about health care in BC?

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Join other women to talk about:

Finding health services

Addressing your health needs

Who can participate?

Women over 19 years of age who have moved to Canada in the last five years and are permanent residents and live in British Columbia. 

English focus group: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 9:30am - 11:30am

Mandarin focus group: Thursday, November 21, 12:45pm - 2:45pm

Farsi focus group: Friday, November 22, 9:30am - 11:30am

Punjabi focus: Friday, November 22, 12:45pm - 2:45pm

To register contact: Bryn Askwith


Childcare available

Snacks provided

You will receive $30 for your time

This study is being conducted by the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health on behalf of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, PHSA. This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada.


Call for Participants: Staying in the Workforce with Fibromyalgia

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Would you like to share your experiences, so that others can learn from them? People like government policymakers, health professionals, and other women with fibromyalgia (FM). Then you are invited to join in the study Staying in the Workforce with Fibromyalgia. The study is being conducted by Margaret Oldfield, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She is talking with women who have been medically diagnosed with FM about their experiences in the workforce.

She would also like to talk with people who can make a difference in whether women with FM stay at work. These people are an adult member of each woman’s family or a friend and, if the woman has told those at work that she has FM, someone in her workplace. These people will only be interviewed with your permission.

If you would like to join the study, or simply want more information about it, please email Margaret at or phone her at 416-975-5199. 

Community-Based Research Trainee Opportunity - Vancouver

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The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) at Simon Fraser University supports international collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users. CGSM investigators strive to ameliorate gender and social inequities in mental health and substance use through the development of innovative research, knowledge exchange and training initiatives.
A major Centre objective is to provide high quality training and mentorship of community-based researchers to build capacity for research, knowledge exchange/application related to gender, social inequities and mental health. The Centre is especially committed to learning from and training researchers with lived experiences of resisting social marginalization and/or stigmatization.
The Centre is seeking a community-based research trainee for 2014. The trainee will receive an annual $17,850 fellowship plus a $3,000 research stipend.

The Centre trainee will:
**Receive mentorship from a CGSM researcher investigator
**Develop a project proposal and implement a small community-based research, knowledge exchange or knowledge application project related to mental health inequities
**Coordinate one community colloquium or research/community dialogue
**Spend approximately 2 days per week on their CGSM projects/activities
**Improve skills in research and community engagement

The Centre will provide the trainee with opportunities to:
**Engage in collaborative research related to one of the Centre's five theme areas (mental health reform and policy; recovery & housing; reproductive mental health; violence, mental health & substance use; criminal justice system, mental health & substance use)

Call for Abstracts: Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies conference

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New Research and Best Practice Perinatal Conference 2014

Deadline September 30, 2013

This inaugural conference for Perinatal Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, will be an opportunity for health care professionals who are responsible for the care of pregnant women and their newborns to be updated on new research and best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies in BC. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions, and poster sessions.

February 21-22, 2014
Vancouver, Brtish Columbia

Abstract submission is now available. To view abstract guidelines, please click here.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website.


Are you a trainee who brings a focus on sex and gender to your health research?

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The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is interested in training and sustaining a strong and diverse foundation of health researchers who integrate sex and gender considerations in their work.  The purpose of IGH’s Institute Community Support (ICS) Program is to build capacity for gender, sex and health research and knowledge translation among trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across the full spectrum of health research disciplines.  Whether training in the area of biomedical, clinical, health systems or population health research, all trainees who bring a substantive focus on gender, sex and health to their research are encouraged to apply.

IGH funds four types of awards through its ICS Program. Please see their website for specific eligibility requirements.  The next ICS application deadline is Fall 2013.  For information about the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health ICS Program, please contact Angela Hold at 604-827-4470 or

Making Connections: Low Barrier Support Groups - Facilitator Training

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The Woman Abuse Response Program, in collaboration with community and health partners and women with lived experiences of violence, have developed the Making Connections support group model.  

The curriculum Making Connections: Supporting Women with Experiences of Violence, Substance Use and/or Mental Health Concerns (pdf) and the companion workbook for women Making Connections for Women with Experiences of Abuse (pdf) provide a women-centred, integrated and low-barrier approach for supporting this population of women.

The Making Connections Approach

This curriculum is designed to help communities offer support groups that give women an opportunity to share their experiences and develop their own knowledge and understanding about violence, and how violence may be connected to substance use and/or mental health concerns. The groups offer women support and information about the dynamics of abuse; the intersecting issues of abuse, substance use and/or mental health concerns; how these impact women’s lives; and how women can begin to rebuild and heal from these experiences. The opportunity for women to connect with other womens with similar experiences and discuss the connections between these issues helps to validate their experiences and reduce their feelings of isolation, failure and shame.

Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas

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Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2013

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas, Editors: Dr. Tatjana Takseva and Dr. Arlene Sgoutas.

With the increase of conflict areas worldwide, this collection will look at the experiences of women mothering in conflict areas. Recent examples from the Middle East, The Balkans, Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, Peru and other places around the globe affected by military and civil-ethnic conflict have shown that violence is often gendered and has a unique impact on women and mothers.

The aim of this collection is to engage with the nature and meaning of motherhood and mothering during times of war and/or in zones experiencing the threat of war.

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):Mothering in occupied lands, refugee camps, disaster zones, military conflict; mothers and sexual violence; children born of war time rape; humanitarian assistance; mothers and nationalism; relationships between mothers and daughters/sons in times of armed/conflict; giving birth during war or under the threat of war; mothers and militarization; mothers contesting gender norms and practices in conflict areas and/or during times of war; mothers and human rights/violations; mothers and the justice system; motherhood, mothering and forms of sexual or racial discrimination in conflict zones; mothers as peacemakers; mothers and child soldiers; mothering and the family in conflict areas; mothers and armed conflict on the screen; activist mothers; the role of social media and mothers in conflict zones; mothers and military/political resistance.

They welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged.

Submission Guidelines, Abstracts: 300 words.

Please include a 50-word biography (if Indigenous, include nation/affiliation).

Vaginal health survey seeking participants

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A Canadian research group  (including obstetricians/gynecologists and medical scientists) is seeking people to respond to their survey examining women’s health, hygiene and vaginal hygiene practices, and women’s natural vaginal microbial ecosystems (that is, the natural and good bacteria that work to keep the vaginal area healthy).

Research has found that a healthy vaginal microbial ecosystem can help protect a woman from some vaginal infections and diseases, and it can influence how easy or difficult it is for a woman to get pregnant. Currently, there is little information about what hygiene products women are using and how they are using them.

In order to learn about women's hygiene and health practices and product uses, they have developed an online survey that is the first of its kind. They are seeking women 18 years and older, of any ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual experience and/or parental status from around the world to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous and does not ask for any information that would identify the women completing it.

It is estimated that it takes about 20-40 minutes to complete the survey, depending on the types of answers that are provided. Participants have the option of entering a draw for one of three gift cards of $200, $100 or $50 Canadian.

The survey can be accessed in English or French at:

The survey will remain active until the end of January 2014.

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