Striving for safe and respectful childbirth

Illustration by Celina Koops of a mother holding her baby while wearing a mask. Both of them are symbolically being held and supported by embracing arms.

September 17 marks World Patient Safety Day, a day which “calls for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety.” This year, the theme is safe maternal and newborn care — an essential conversation, as the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 6,700 newborns die every day, while 810 … Read more

Report: UFV student experiences of COVID-19

Cover of report reading "UFV Student Experiences with Travel, Health and COVID-19"

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Dr. Cindy Jardine, in partnership with CHASI and UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute, has released a report titled “UFV COVID-19 Student Experiences with Travel, Health, and COVID-19.” The report summarizes the responses given by nearly 1,500 UFV students who participated in a survey issued in April 2020, at the outset … Read more

The significance of a “gift”

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This article by CHASI Research Assistant Chelsea Novakowski is inspired in part by the ongoing observance of International Development Week. In recognition of this week, UFV is also hosting a number of virtual events which are free and open to the everyone. This blog post came about because last week, during my class on aid … Read more

Guest post: living with dementia during COVID-19

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. At CHASI, much of our work focuses on topics of health and aging. This month we honour persons living with dementia who are advocating for change, reducing stigma, and raising awareness about dementia. One such advocate is Christine Thelker, who has graciously agreed to share her experiences and … Read more

New Report: The Utility of Physician Referred Outdoor Physical Activity for South Asian Women

The first page of a report titled "the utility of physician referred outdoor physical activity for South Asian women."

A new report by UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser and Ms. Navdeep Rai, BKin, The Utility of Physician Referred Outdoor Physical Activity for South Asian Women, examines how outdoor group-based physical activity—recommended by a physician and carried out with other South Asian women—may be an opportunity to improve physical activity in a community that reports low … Read more