Engaging for Change – Building Culturally Safe Care through Indigenous Narratives

Title: Engaging for Change: Building Culturally Safe Care through Indigenous Narratives

Date: Wednesday December 16 2020

Time: 1pm – 2pm (PST)

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Dr. Lloy Wylie

Abstract: The high profile story of Joyce Echaquan, and the release of the “In Plain Sight” report has brought some long-needed attention to anti-Indigenous racism in the health care system. Engaging for Change is a CIHR funded project that aims to understand what strategies can bring about systemic change to ensure that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to and positive experiences with health care services. In order to move beyond rhetoric in response to these problems, the project emphasizes the need to plan concrete action within the health care system, and meaningful ways to assess its impact. The project identified a range of problems, many based in colonialism and racism (both individual and systemic), and aims to develop solutions to address inequities. Through engaging with health care staff, Indigenous service providers and communities, the project team is developing a positive vision for change based on community voices, and aligned with practice needs. The results of this research will be presented along with outputs from the knowledge mobilization strategies focused on educational innovations and policy and practice recommendations.

Bio: Lloy Wylie is an Associate Professor in the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, at Western University, in London Ontario, appointed to the Departments of Psychiatry, Pathology and Anthropology. She has an Interdisciplinary PhD from the University of British Columbia in Population and Public Health, Political Science, and Nursing. Dr. Wylie’s research agenda is on health equity, focusing on health services, policy and health professional education. Dr. Wylie has over 15 years’ experience in working on community based partnership research and education, with a specialization on Indigenous health care access. She was a health systems and policy advisor for First Nations organizations, including her role as the Senior Advisor on Health Systems with the BC First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver. Her recent research publications examine the impact of colonialism and racism on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in health care, focusing on health systems and policy gaps. Dr. Wylie focuses on ensuring research is based on community identified needs, and that results are oriented to improving education, policy and practices within the health care system. She uses her research to inform innovative approaches to knowledge exchange including storytelling, videos, games, songs and role play. She teaches in public health, medicine, community and population health, inter-professional education, health services management, and community engaged learning.
Lwylie2@uwo.ca