Research

AMPLIFY is a community-based participatory action research study that draws upon quantitative, qualitative, Indigenous and art-based methods. The project name “AMPLIFY” represents our overarching goal to use research as a tool to amplify and uplift Indigenous women, Two-Spirit and gender diverse voices that are not often heard in this type of work.

AMPLIFY aims to privilege Indigenous community-based voices to directly inform culturally safe and equitable sexual, reproductive health and justice for Indigenous women (cis and trans), Two-Spirit and gender diverse peoples throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The project incorporates data from two longstanding open community-based cohorts: An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access (AESHA) and Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS: Longitudinal Women’s Needs Assessment (SHAWNA). The quantitative and qualitative aspects of the project focus on amplifying the lived experiences and perspectives of Indigenous women (cis and trans), Two-Spirit and gender diverse peoples access to sexual and reproductive health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indigenous and art-based components aims to amplify Indigenous community voices through traditional arts-based activities and talking circle dialogue. Our goal is to create a safe space for sharing traditional knowledge and lived experiences.

The process and by-product of material and spiritual creation not only has the potential to heal and empower, but also catalyze discussion, recommendations, and address culturally safe and equitable interventions. AMPLIFY’s research objectives are driven by calls to action and justice from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, BC Commissioned review of racism in health care: In Plain Sight, and Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls reports.

Research Objectives
  1. Evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on reproductive and sexual health service needs, access and experiences among marginalized groups of Indigenous women, gender diverse and Two-Spirit peoples.
  2. Through engaging Indigenous women, gender diverse and Two-Spirit peoples in sharing circle discussions, document the lived experiences of evolving COVID-19 policy changes and community knowledge and wise practices on access to equitable sexual and reproductive health services.
  3. Examine how culturally grounded models of support and services are experienced by Indigenous women, gender diverse and Two-Spirit peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic, including potential changes and disruptions to continuity of cultural supports.
  4. Development of Evidence-based and community-driven practice guidelines for culturally safe and equitable sexual and reproductive health care for Indigenous women, gender diverse and 2S/LGBTQ+ peoples in the context of COVID-19, including recommendations for continuity of cultural supports, gaps and opportunities for improvement.
About AMPLIFY

Team

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brittany Bingham

Research team: Sasha Askarian (Project Coordinator), Chelsey Perry (Research Assistant), Logan Burd (Research Assistant)

Partners

The Matriarch Advisory Council (MAC) and The Two-Spirit Advisory Council

Funders

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)