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Community discussion on healthcare

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Langley , BC— One of the hopes of academic researchers is that their studies are meaningful and relevant to the community, says Trinity Western University Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute Allyson Jule, Ph.D. It is with this in mind that Jule and her colleagues prepare for the second Café Scientifique, hosted by the Gender Studies Institute and TWU School of Nursing on March 17th.  The café series, titled “Access to Healthcare: A Gendered Perspective,” is sponsored by the “Scientifique Award” from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and aims to engage the community in open discussions about the accessibility of healthcare, and to hear the healthcare concerns and experiences of people in the Lower Mainland.   

The first café was so exciting,” remarks Jule about initial event held in January. “We had a very enriching conversation about access to healthcare with a wide range of community members. We are looking forward to furthering the discussion and to hear from different voices.”  

Jule, who received the CIHR award along with TWU Professor of Nursing Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, RN, Ph.D. and Professor Emerita from UBC School of Nursing Joan Anderson, Ph.D., will mediate the upcoming café that features members of the Karen Community, the Fraser Health Authority, and Surrey and Langley Members of the Legislative Assembly.

There is a need to hear from women, men, and various ethnic groups in the area because each demographic experiences healthcare differently,” Jule furthers. “We want to hear what people are really experiencing so that we can consider new initiatives to make healthcare really accessible, not just in theory, but in practice—so that people are supported and know that support is there.”

“Access to Healthcare: A Gendered Perspective” is open to the pubic and will be held on March 17th at the Ban Chok Dee Thai Restaurant in Langley. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP by March 12th.

Event at a Glance
What: Café Scientifique: Access to Healthcare— A Gendered Perspective
Where: Ban Chok Dee Thai Restaurant, Langley
When: March 17th, 2010
Time: 4:00- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free to attend: RSVP by March 12th
Contact: Guelda Redman; tel: 604.888.3270; email:

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