McMaster University

McMaster University

2008-9 Rewards

Gender and Health E-Module:  Exploring Gender Narratives

Lisa Fu / Joshua Smalley (FHS students)


Our student-led working group intends to develop an e-learning module relevant to gender and health education.  This module would build upon the Narrative Medicine movement through the exploration of patient stories.  These stories will be explored through the close analysis of short works of literature, fine art pieces and a series of video clips using actors portraying patient narratives.  Throughout the e-module, participants will be asked to reflect upon their own perspectives and the stories they encounter.

We intend to implement this module in a Gender and Health Series in the 2010-11 academic year.  This series will be comprised of an interprofessional and interdisciplinary group of students that will meet regularly to work through and discuss the modules.

This module will explore patient and societal perspectives of mastectomy from differing viewpoints including those of women, men and individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered

Using Qualitative Research to Develop a Program for HIV-Positive Women at an Outpatient HIV Clinic

Allyson Ion / Dawn Elston (SIS Clinic)


The goal of this project is to identify the unique challenges, barriers and needs of female patients at the SIS Clinic, 66.6% of whom are newly diagnosed (since 2001) and are of childbearing years (18-50 years of age). Enhancing our understanding is essential to improving service delivery, improving cultural competency among clinic staff, building capacity for delivering women-focused services and developing long-term strategies for translating knowledge about HIV best practices in caring for women and children.  Our objects for this project are:

  • To understand and be sensitive to the complex and diverse needs of the SIS clinic population
  • To develop, implement, and evaluate educational intervention aimed at:
  • Reducing barriers
  • Facilitating communication
  • Improving service deliveryTo encourage long-term knowledge translation and exchange activities among SIS clinic staff related to cultural competency and sensitivity.


Planting Seeds:  The Growth of Communtiy-Centred Health Initiatives /  11th Annual International Women’s and Children’s Health Conference

Joan Chan / Jillian Korolnek  (FHS Students)


As an interprofessional and interdisciplinary educational conference examining the interplay between gender and health globally, the International Women’s and Children’s Health (IWCH) Conference is congruent with the promotional mandate of McMaster’s Gender and Health Educational Initiative (GHEI).  The IWCH Conference is submitting a proposal to the GHEI Education Grant for $7,000 with the hope of receiving additional funds if available.  Fund will be put towards our $15,000 budget and allocated towards venue rental, advertising and promotion, and keynote speaker and workshop facilitator costs.  The theme of the 11th annual IWCH Conference is “Planting Seeds:  the growth of community-centred health initiatives”.  We will explore this theme using several methods designed to create a forum for education, dialogue, and collaboration.

Helping Health Professional Learners be Comfortable and Confident with Sexual Health Screening:  Instructor Resource DVD

Dr. Kristina Trim (Bachelor of Health Sciences Program)


We are interested in developing a learning module that helps health professional instructors and learners feel comfortable initiating conversations about HPV sexual health screening for young adults and their patients.  Current learning modules available through the SOCG focus on how HPV is transmitted and the clinical science of the HPV vaccine, but less focus is on how practitioners should approach patients about their sexual health screening (i.e., risk factors, vaccination, pelvic examinations and PAP smears).  We intend to develop a DVD with print and video resources that provide practical tools instructors can use with their health professional learners.  It will be designed to improve health care learners; comfort and confidence (i.e., medical, nursing, and BHSc students) initiative conversations about sexual health with adolescents, their parents and young adults.


Teaching the History of Health and Medicine:  Towards a More Gender-Balanced Approach

David Wright (Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences/History)


The history of health and medicine is an important subject at McMaster University, due in part to the popularity of the BHSc, Health Studies and History programs on campus.  Despite the proportion of women enrolled in these programs (over 60% in each case), the content of my own couse (BJSC 3Y03:  A History of Health and Health Care in Canada), is, admittedly, still too dominated by the “great men” of medical history.  Currently there are only three lectures out of twenty three specifically devoted to women’s role in health history:  one of the ‘first’ women doctors in Canada; a second on the history of nursing; and a third on the history of birthing and birth control.  This application for a gender and health education grant would assist in refreshing the 3Y03 syllabus in a way to reflect not only the innovations in gender and health history, but also reflect the changing interests of the student body.


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