SFU-WWU Survey on experiences with Canadian-US travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers with the Pandemics and Borders Project (Simon Fraser University) and the Border Policy Research Institute (Western Washington University) are conducting a survey to better understand the impact of public health measures applied to travel between Canada and the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 2020 and May 2023. They are, in particular, interested in the experiences and perceptions of equity-deserving communities including people with disabilities

They are studying the impacts of four types of travel measures: travel restrictions (to control who is and who is not allowed to travel), testing requirements, quarantine (to separate infected or potentially infected travellers), and vaccination (to limit travel by unvaccinated individuals). Their research will support policy-making about the effective use of cross-border measures during pandemics.

You can participate by filling out a survey, which is available here: https://pilotsurveysfu.limesurvey.net/855841?lang=en. To be eligible to complete the survey, those interested must be 18 years or older and have resided in the US or Canada between March 2020 and May 2023.

More information about the research project can be found here: https://www.pandemics-borders.org/projects/equity-canada-us-border-measures

The survey is confidential and will take approximately 15 minutes. All participants can enter a draw to win one of 100 $25 gift cards.

Research Participants Needed for a Study

A Research Assistant for the HEART Lab (Health Experiences and Arts-Based Research Team) at Toronto Metropolitan University under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Moola, has reached out to DABC about a study in the HEART lab that is exploring the experiences of racialized children/youth with disabilities and their families in the Canadian healthcare system. The study is also exploring the experiences of healthcare workers and health policy makers who have knowledge or an understanding of working with these families.

If you are interested in participating in the study or have questions, please reach out to the study’s research coordinator Alyssa Neville at alyssa.neville@torontomu.ca.

To participate in the study, you must be:

  • 12-24 years of age, living in Canada and self-identify as 1) racialized, Black, Indigenous, person of colour (BIPOC), and/or visible minority and 2) have a disability/ies
  • A parent, guardian, or caregiver of a child or youth with a disability who self-identifies as racialized, Black, Indigenous, person of colour, (BIPOC), and/or visible minority

More information: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Child-parent.pdf

The HEART lab is also seeking participants who are Healthcare workers or health policy makers who have experience working with or on health policy topics related to parents/caregivers and children/youth who are racialized or Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour (BIPOC) with a disability/ie. You may be eligible to participate if you are:

  • A designated healthcare professional (e.g., nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, social worker, occupational or physical therapist, etc.) working in Canada who has experience working with racialized or BIPOC children/youth with disabilities in a pediatric healthcare setting
  • A health policy maker working in Canada who has experience working in pediatric health policy within the Canadian healthcare system and knowledge on racialized children/youth with disabilities

More information: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/healthcare.pdf

All participants who choose to participate will receive a $50 gift card to compensate them for their time, however, participation is completely voluntary. 

CAHS FASD Engagement Process

Canadian Association of Health Services (CAHS) is pleased to announce two final targeted engagement opportunities for this first round of engagement in relation to their Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) engagement process:

  1. Zoom conversations with people with FASD. If you have been diagnosed with FASD or think you may have FASD, please join one of these sessions:
  1. Indigenous-led engagement for Indigenous organizations and individuals. These sessions will be facilitated by the Firelight Group and are by invitation.

These two engagement opportunities will conclude the first part of CAHS’ consultations. All of this input, along with other evidence, is being reviewed by an independent panel of experts.

For more information on the panel and CAHS’ process, please click on this link: