Towards Just Care is a SSHRC-funded community-engaged research project focused on finding socially justice alternatives to residential long-term care. The project is led by Mary Jean Hande at Trent University and Megan Linton with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. We are supported by researchers and staff in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and guided by an Advisory Council representing immigrant care workers and low-income older and disabled people accessing ongoing care supports. Our primary focus is mapping the current home-based medical care and support services available in Ontario and analyze these systems from the perspective of disability and migrant justice.
I led this community-engaged project partners with migrant justice group Migrante Manitoba to identify key policy issues impacting Manitoba-based im/migrant home care workers and documents their experiences providing essential, direct care to older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($64, 840).
From 2018 – 2022, my postdoctoral work was, based at Mount Saint Vincent University, where I worked on this CIHR funded national multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral research team. We examine how Canada’s highly medicalized long term care system can improve quality of life for residents in late life.
Implementation of Policies that Support and Hinder Families as Partners in Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
This one-year (2020-2021) “Implementation Science Team” grant funded by Health Excellence Canada ($149,984) uses an equity lens to assess multilevel implementation contexts of family visitation policies in six publicly-funded long term care settings in the Atlantic Region. As co-investigator, I co-led a qualitative interview team interviewing family members, implementation staff and management at each of the facilities.
I am currently a co-investigator on a one-year COVID-19 Rapid Research Response project ($54,908), which uses an intersectional integrated knowledge translation approach to addressing the pressing need for information that can be used to assess the impact and health equity implications of COVID-19 on community supports for vulnerable older adults living with multiple chronic conditions, including dementia, and their family/friend caregivers in Nova Scotia.
Financialization Exposed: Mobilizing Communities in Austere Times
As part of an editorial collective, we have developed this volume to explore ‘financialization’ as an historical process that characterizes late capitalism. Each contributor examines finance through everyday struggles around: urban gentrification, settler colonialism, food insecurity, erosion of public health care, debt crises, militarization of police, mass migrations, environmental crises, surveillance capitalism, and urban planning organized through plantation logic.
I was a Co-Investigator on this CIHR-funded project, based out of University of Manitoba. This project examines how directly funded homecare service programs transform the experiences, working conditions, policy landscape, and theoretical implications of community care, and how they attend to inequalities related to disability, gender, racialization and immigration.
Closing the Employment Standards Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs
I was a Co-Investigator on this collaborative research initiative of seven Ontario universities and 16 cross-sectoral partner organizations. Funded by the SSHRC, the five-year project seeks to inform effective employment standards enforcement in Ontario.