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Webinar: Health equity in student research: Sexualized violence services and pandemic homelessness policy

This event took place in English. Click here to access the recording (English only).

Academic research is a well-cited source of evidence to inform public health action to address health equity. But valuable academic work on the social determinants of health comes from more than established scholars or graduate students: University undergraduate programs that include a focus on social determinants of health and social justice shape the learning of both students and academics that are involved. Moreover, the demand and value for the work that is produced is increasing.

Supporting and encouraging undergraduate research that explicitly addresses issues of health equity across disciplines and programs is one strategy that universities and other institutions can nurture and grow to contribute to the public health evidence base. This repository of knowledge is essential to informing public health action to address population level inequities.

This webinar will explore how undergraduate research projects can integrate social justice, health equity and public health approaches and provide meaningful evidence to inform practice.

We will be presenting two recently completed research projects:

  • Regarding pandemic policy impact on homeless populations: Understanding the effects of COVID-19 public health policy implementation on not-for-profit organizations, public health practitioners and the services they provide to homeless populations in Nova Scotia
  • Regarding sexualized violence services for racialized students: Barriers and facilitators to accessing sexualized violence prevention and response services for racialized students on a university campus in Canada

A discussion will follow to explore the experiences of the student researchers in learning about equity concepts, applying them to research and how this will impact their future careers in nursing.

This webinar will be of interest to academics, practitioners and others working with undergraduate students across faculties and disciplines. The results presented will also be relevant to practitioners working in the areas of sexualized violence services for racialized groups and pandemic service provision for under-housed populations.

Participants will learn about

  • strategies to support the integration of social justice and health equity into undergraduate research projects;
  • research findings on reducing barriers to sexualized violence services for racialized students; and
  • research findings on the impact of pandemic policy on service provision to homeless populations.


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Claire Joseph, RN Alexa Davis, RN


Related resources:

Blog post: "The marathon of health equity and public health: My journey as an undergrad" (2017) Key public health resources for Master of Public Health students: A curated list (2018) "COVID-19 pandemic guidelines for mental health support of racialized women at risk of gender-based violence" (2020)
Pandemic planning and services that support people who are homeless (2020) Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (2020)  


Click here to access the recording (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Claire Joseph, Alexa Davis, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

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