Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS) established a primary health care clinic in 1991 to encourage and improve access to health care, treatment and support for Aboriginal people, as well as other individuals living in the community. Since that time, VNHS has expanded its capacity in providing a variety of health services and participating in health research. VNHS staff have conducted, collaborated, and participated in research projects, and VNHS clients have been included as participants, employed as research assistants, and have worked in advisory committees and on research teams. Beyond the projects in which VNHS staff and clients are directly engaged, there are regular and frequent requests for VNHS to participate in various aspects of research.
VNHS Research Committee Charter
While VNHS has been selective about which projects will be supported, the general pattern has been one of reacting either to proposals generated by researchers, or responding to calls for proposals from funding bodies. However, VNHS has very limited resources to participate in and support research. Whereas other similar health care organizations often have dedicated internal resources devoted to supporting and coordinating research, VNHS does not. Further, as interest in Indigenous peoples’ health increases within the research community, VNHS is frequently sought after as a site for research. Strategic planning to foster meaningful, responsive and culturally safe research activities at VNHS is needed.
The purpose of this Charter is to guide the VNHS Research Committee to facilitate research at VNHS that is partnership-based and aligns with the philosophy, values and broader mandate of VNHS.