COVID-19 FUND: WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH

The Women’s Health Research Institute is poised to lead vital COVID-19 research, impacting the future of healthcare for women in BC, Canada, and across the globe.

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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH

The BC Women’s Health Foundation has established the COVID-19 Fund: Women’s Health Research in partnership with the Women’s Health Research Institute to answer emerging questions around COVID-19 and how it will affect women in our community and beyond. This fund supports the following projects:

RESEARCHING THE PREVALENCE + GENDERED ASPECTS OF COVID-19

Investment Needed: $750,000

While no one is untouched by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know from past epidemics that the lasting effects will disproportionately affect women.

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is poised to lead COVID-19 research examining two important topics: COVID-19’s prevalence in the population of BC; and how sex and gender intersect with economic shifts and the impacts of the public health measures implemented.

Make a donation today to help support this vital research and ensure the pandemic does not exacerbate existing inequities already faced by women in BC.

RESEARCHING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VIRTUAL DIABETES TELEMEDICINE

Investment Needed: $665,000

Virtual care is more important than ever. And it has incredible potential to improve the quality of life for women suffering from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) in Canada. 

This project will conduct research with patients at BC Women’s Hospital to understand the effectiveness of virtual care using an app for women with gestational diabetes, and examine their long term health outcomes. An extensive knowledge translation strategy will support other care providers across Canada to set up virtual care for their patients. 

Make a donation today to help transform the delivery of care for women with gestational diabetes across Canada and the world.

OPERATIONALIZATION + EXPANSION OF VIRTUAL TOOL SUPPORTING WOMEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH

Investment Needed: $400,000

Financial burdens (especially during times of crisis) impede women in rural and remote areas of the province from accessing the care they need; and the fact that many women’s health issues, including early pregnancy loss and abortion, are stigmatised, creates an additional barrier.

That’s why the myPostCare team has worked with women from all across British Columbia to understand how to best support women through post-abortion care and early pregnancy loss with digital tools.

Make a donation today to expand the myPostCare tool to provide women across Canada with access to trauma-informed and culturally-safe virtual health tools during this global pandemic. 

RESEARCHING THE PREGNANCY OUTCOMES OF WOMEN WITH SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19 IN BC

Joint Investment Needed: $215,000

Dr. Deborah Money and her research team are undertaking a ground-breaking program of research to fully understand the impacts of COVID-19 in pregnancy. 

Globally there is a significant knowledge gap about the impacts of COVID-19 on pregnant women – with research desperately needed to ensure the healthiest outcomes of women and babies. This research team has established a national network so all provinces can contribute data to provide a picture of the Canada-wide health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns. The findings will impact future care recommendations for pregnant women locally, nationally, and beyond.

Make a donation today to help advance knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their infants.

For more information on our COVID-19 Fund: Women’s Health Research, please contact Aimee Nygaard, Manager, Philanthropy at aimee.nygaard@bcwomensfoundation.org.


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