National Women’s Health Research Initiative: Ideas Fair and Learning Circle
Potential applicants to the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition funding opportunities (hubs and/or coordinating centre) are encouraged to attend a virtual Ideas Fair and Learning Circle to develop their ideas to identify and address community, regional and/or national challenges in women’s health and wellness. The Ideas Fair and Learning Circle will be hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institute of Gender and Health, and Women and Gender Equality Canada. Potential participants to the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle include people with lived or living experience navigating women’s health, community organizations supporting women’s health, Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people, as well as researchers, trainees, health care workers, health centres and authorities in the area of women’s health.
The goals of the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle are to:
- Create an accessible, culturally safe, trauma-informed and non-stigmatizing space for diverse groups of people to meet and share their stories related to navigating women’s health and wellness;
- Provide an opportunity for potential applicants to network, develop their ideas to address challenges navigating women’s health and wellness, and form teams to co-produce the goals and composition of their hub application; and,
- Solicit input from participants on the responsibilities of the coordinating centre and further define its role as the overarching organizing body of the Coalition.
The virtual Ideas Fair and Learning Circle will take place from 12 pm – 4 pm EST on October 25th and 26th, 2022. The event will be highly interactive, with the use of break out rooms to facilitate smaller discussions throughout both days.
The first day (October 25th, 2022; 12 pm – 4 pm EST) will focus on humility and compassion as we engage with participants to share their stories and vision for a more robust and responsive women's healthcare system across Canada. Throughout the day, we will discuss priority themes, share more information about the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition and ensure that attendees have a chance to meet and connect with like-minded individuals.
The second day (October 26th, 2022; 12 pm – 4 pm EST) will be more operational, focusing on brainstorming solutions to transform women's health in Canada, as well as helpful sessions on submitting a hub application and imagining what the role of the coordinating centre for the Coalition might look like. Information about additional and ongoing networking opportunities will also be provided.
The following guiding values have been identified for the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle:
- Safety: In this space, people can feel comfortable sharing their stories, in the language of their choice.
- Confidentiality: We only take the themes and issues that are shared, and not the identities of folks who share.
- Respectful attention: We give people the space and attention they need to tell their stories.
- Equality: I am not better than anyone and no one is better than I am.
- Belonging: Each of us holds an important piece of the puzzle.
- Collaborative: We come with open minds and an intention to learn from and work with each other towards a larger cause.
- Inclusivity: We value differences in people and ideas and will ensure that the voices of underrepresented groups, including Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit and urban Indigenous communities), Black, and other women who experience racism, women with disabilities, women experiencing prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization, and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, are heard.
- Respect for Indigenous knowledge: We respect that Indigenous knowledge and practice is complex and diverse, and teachings from this event should not be inappropriately spread or appropriated.
During the registration process, interested participants will be asked to acknowledge that they abide by these guiding values. Those that do not consent will not be able to register.
To register for the Ideas Fair and Learning Circle, please complete the form at the following link: National Women's Health Research Initiative: Ideas Fair and Learning Circle Registration.
Reimbursement for incremental expenses (such as dependent care costs) may be provided in accordance with CIHR's policies. If you require reimbursement to enable your participation at this virtual event, please contact NWHRI-INRSF@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
More details about accessibility and resources will be provided as they emerge.
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