Day: January 4, 2016
Early Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in British Columbia: A critical inquiry. Presentation by Dr. Alison Gerlach. 12-1 pm, Jan 14, 2016
Early Intervention with Indigenous Families & Children in British Columbia : A critical inquiry
Presentation by Alison J Gerlach, PhD, MSc (OT), Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC
DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2016
TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
VENUE: Room T206
UBC School of Nursing
3rd Floor of the UBC Hospital [MAP]
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC
Early childhood intervention (ECI) programs are increasingly recognized for their potential in promoting children’s health and well-being, and appear to be ideally positioned to play a vital role in fostering child health equity. Currently, there is a lack of research on ECI programs in the context of Indigenous families and children in Canada. This seminar will present the findings of a critical qualitative inquiry undertaken in partnership with the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) of British Columbia.
Dr. Alison Gerlach is an occupational therapy-researcher who has worked for many years in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues on a shared agenda of promoting children’s health and wellbeing. Alison’s doctoral research is one of the few studies internationally that draws on critical theoretical perspectives and an ‘ an equity lens’ to examine how ECI can contribute towards fostering health equity for Indigenous infants and young children. The findings of this study have implications for all healthcare professionals working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and children who experience social disadvantages as a result of structural inequities.