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For more than 20 years WHIWH has been providing the delivery of health care services to Black Women and Women of Colour. As an ongoing advocate for inclusive and responsive strategies in this area, WHIWH continues to involve itself with a number of collaborative research initiatives as a way to effectively address the particular needs of our priority populations. Using a participatory approach, WHIWH analyzes and identifies barriers in health care delivery and designs resources to improve quality and access.

Purpose of Research

To build scientific knowledge on the health of black women and women of colour; Generate knowledge and evidence to inform and support the centre's strategic plan, programs and services; Promote research capacity for multiple stakeholders; and to build, promote and support effective mechanisms for knowledge translation and exchange for and between researchers, policy makers, service providers, service users, and community members.

Research Framework

Framework of research is based on anti-oppression practice and recognizes the intersecting, multiple oppressive systems including gender, culture, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference that impact on the health of women and their ability to access and effectively navigate the health care system; Incorporates the determinants of health that are relevant to black women and women of colour; Is grounded in community based, participatory action and leadership; Is used to foster autonomy and self determination for black women and women of colour; Recognizes the transnational locations of black women and women of colour and the impact of these international "spaces" on the local day to day of realities of women's lives.

Research priority areas