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Alliance Against Violence and Adversity (AVA): Health and Social Services Research Training Platform for System and Population Transformations in Girls and Women’s Health

June 16, 2022

Project Summary:

The AVA Health Research Training Platform is located at the University of Calgary, on the traditional territory of the Treaty 7 peoples who include the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The land is also the traditional home to Metis Nation Region 3. We are grateful to be able work, live and recreate in these beautiful lands. The purpose the AVA Training Platform is to create capacity to transform health and social services delivery in the community to dramatically improve the health of girls and women exposed to ACEs. To do this, highly qualified personnel (HQP) require training in community-based research in close association with women and girls (“patients” according to CIHR-SPOR definition). Educating the next generation to undertake community-based research with a focus on gender-and-sex based analysis will enable NFPs to offer programming that is evidence-based and promotes the intergenerational health of girls and women, contributing to population health—the health of all Canadians.

Project Timeline: 2022-2028

Project Funded By: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Training Grant: Health Research, Girls and Women’s Health and Wellness Pool

Project Partners: 150+ Academic and Community Partners; University of Calgary

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