Imagining Inclusion: Creating Upstream Change in Community Mental Health (2016-2019)
Imagining Inclusion: Creating Upstream Change (phase 2) is a three-year community-based participatory research partnership between Douglas College, Open Door Group and York University. The Vancouver Foundation provides funding for the project and Vancouver Coastal Health is our project partner.
In this project, we wanted to build on the two models developed during the first phase of the project—Creating Upstream Change and Lived Experience of Health Work—by answering the following main question and sub-questions:
In what ways can the Creating Upstream Change Model guide down-, mid- and upstream change in community mental health?
2. What kinds of down-, mid- and upstream change result from delivering a peer-led upstream intervention?
3. Which factors impede change?
Our LONG TERM GOAL is that Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) community mental health use peer leadership models to address down-, mid- and upstream factors that shape individuals’ lives.
1. The delivery of peer-led upstream interventions in community mental health that are derived from the models. Our assumption is that instigating upstream change will lead to mid- and downstream change.
2. The co-creation and delivery of a peer leadership curriculum that is integrated, equitable and sustainable in community mental health.
3. The engagement of change agents in the research process who work at mid- and upstream levels.