Dr. Colleen Varcoe realized that she could be non-biased in trauma research despite her personal history with trauma and since then has researched and championed the promotion of equity-oriented healthcare to provide cultural safety, harm reduction and trauma- and violence-informed care. Covid-19 has shown us all the ways that health inequity impacts health outcomes. Dr. Varcoe's work has never been more important.
Bio: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, RN, PhD is a professor in the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her work aims to decrease inequity and violence including interpersonal and structural forms of violence such as racism and poverty. Her completed research includes studies of risks and health effects of violence and how to promote health for women who experience violence, especially Indigenous women. She has studied how to promote equity-oriented healthcare (cultural safety, harm reduction, and trauma- and violence-informed care) at the organizational level and worked with various Indigenous communities, organizations and issues, including in health care and criminal justice contexts.
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