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MANDATE

Capacity Development
Capacity development is a process by which individuals, groups, organizations and societies enhance their abilities to identify and meet development challenges in a sustainable manner. Capacity development is achieved by:

  • Building community capacity by empowering and inclusivity
  • Community organization and development
  • Community mobilization

 

Service Provision
Prospective Care and Well-being streams    

Primary Care access

  • Female doctors


Women's Health 

  • Diabetes
  • Heart health
  • Stroke prevention
  • Cancer screening
    • Mammograms
    • Cervical 
  • Nutrition


Maternal Child Health

  • Women & parenting
  • Pre-natal health
  • Post-natal care
    • Early Childhood Services
    • Post-partum depression
  • Breast health
    • Breast feeding
  • Early Childhood Services
  • Inoculation
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome & Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Mental Health & Stress

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression


Abuse & Dependencies

  • Addictive behaviours
  • Substance abuse
    • Cessation counselling
  • Spousal abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • General Counselling & support


Community resources, supports and referrals

Community based research:

  • Impact of social determinants of health, needs, gaps and opportunities analysis
  • Health care and access gaps, needs and opportunities

Community-based research takes place in community settings and involves community members in the design and implementation of research projects. Such activities emonstrate respect for the contributions made by community partners as well as respect for the principle of 'doing no harm' to the communities involved.
The following principles guide the development of research projects involving collaboration between researchers and community partners, whether the community partners are formally structured community-based organizations or informal groups of individual community members.
Principles:

  • Community partners are involved at the earliest stages of the project, helping to define research objectives and having input into how the project will be organized.
  • Community partners have real influence on project direction--that is, enough leverage to ensure that the original goals, mission, and methods of the project are adhered to.
  • Research processes and outcomes benefit the community. Community members should be trained whenever possible, and the research should help build and enhance community assets.
  • Community members are a part of the analysis and interpretation of data and have input into how the results are distributed. This provides an opportunity to make clear the community's views about the interpretation prior to final publication.
  • Productive partnerships between researchers and community members is encouraged to last beyond the life of the project, ensuring research findings are incorporated into ongoing community programs and therefore provide the greatest possible benefit to the community from research.
  • Community members are empowered to initiate their own research projects which address needs they identify themselves.