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WHIWH has been providing health care services for racialized women for more than 24 years. To ensure that our programs, services and advocacy initiatives are inclusive and evidence-informed, WHIWH has developed an extensive research program that is informed by its multiple stakeholders, including researchers, policy makers, service providers, racialized women and their communities. Using a participatory approach, WHIWH analyzes and identifies barriers in health care delivery and designs strategies and resources to improve quality and access.

Purpose of Research:

To build scientific knowledge on the health of racialized women; To generate knowledge and evidence to inform and support WHIWH’s strategic plan, programs and services; To build, promote and/or support effective mechanisms for knowledge translation and exchange for and between researchers, policy makers, service providers, service users and community members; and To utilize evidence generate in research to influence policy and practice

Research Framework:

WHIWH research program (and research activities) is based on an anti-oppression framework that recognizes multiple intersecting systems of oppression including race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference and their impacts on the health of racialized women and their ability to access and effectively navigate the health care system; Incorporate the determinants of health that are relevant to racialized women; Grounding in community based, participatory action and leadership; Foster autonomy and self-determination; Recognize the transnational locations of racialized women and the impact of these international “spaces” on the local day to day realities of women’s lives; and Links knowledge generation to policy and practice as a continuum.

Research priority areas