Caroline Ouellet, Thomas Saïas, Vanessa Sit, Lise Lamothe, Michel Rapinski, Alain Cuerrier, and Pierre S. Haddad
Globally, Indigenous peoples are the victims of social inequalities in health. Their state of health is much lower than the health of the general population. Colonialism, living conditions and access to care are the main determinants of observed health conditions. The scientific objective of this systematic literature review is to study the facilitators and barriers to access healthcare for both, traditional and allopathic medicines. An inclusive search of electronic databases (e.g ProQuest, Ovid, Medline, CINAHL PLUS, Cochrane Library, ApaPsyNet, PsyINFO and Sociological Abstracts databases) of the past 20 years was performed. We retained studies discussing (1) traditional medicine (TM) or allopathic medicine (AM) or both and occurring (2) within Indigenous population worldwide. We made no distinction between research carried out in rural as opposed to urban areas.Read more...
Karen T. Jackson, Sylvia Burgess, Forrest Toms, and Ernest L. Cuthbertson
A multi-faceted approach to community engagement includes the need to involve the community members in the design, implementation and feedback of any program, services, or supports provided. Intentional participatory engagement of residents also requires shared responsibility for workload, shared recognition of achievement, thoughtful communication, engagement in robust discussions taking care not to internalize conversations as personal affronts and holding close the rules of effective decision making (Toms & Burgess, 2014). Implementing a feedback loop process can be used as a tool to foster intentional resident engagement.
Geraldine L. Palmer
The purpose of this paper is to: (1) raise awareness that the use of the terms, “the homeless” and “homeless people” in reference to people experiencing homelessness, perpetuate oppression and inequality; and (2) call community psychologists to lead in transforming how we define, describe and categorize people experiencing homelessness.Read more...
In our first ever fundraising campaign last week, we highlighted some of the most accessed articles and tools published over the last eight years. It was exciting to see all the different perspectives and revisit some old favorites. This issue is a celebration of having looked to our past and continuing to grow into the future. That future includes new ways to consider existing problems and especially encouraging the inclusion of voices that have been left behind for too long.
Although I’m still early in career, there are three key aspects that are imperative for me in my work with communities; mapping the system I’m working in, understanding how work at different levels and on varying time frames require different types of energy, and taking time to reflect.