Shifting the Lens on Girls’ and Women’s Health

April 29, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT

Session 5 in AbSPORU’s “Shaping Patient-Oriented Research Environments Through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” webinar series

About this event

Join us for the fifth instalment of our webinar series on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA+) in Patient-Oriented Research (POR). This webinar is presented by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) in partnership with researchers from the Faculty of Nursing and the Department of Community Health Sciences – Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and representatives from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs).

This webinar’s theme is “Shifting the Lens on Girls’ and Women’s Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches and New Opportunities for Research Capacity Development” and will explore:

  • Metrics used to understand girls’ and women’s health, including current gaps in what’s being collected and opportunities for improvement;
  • Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and qualitative approaches for capturing data that addresses these gaps, captures intersectionalities, and represents a more comprehensive and inclusive picture of girls’ and women’s health;
  • Strategies for supporting research capacity development for using these approaches to enrich metrics and improve girls’ and women’s health outcomes; and
  • Strategies for moving forward to ensure you are collecting representative and inclusive data.

Speakers will include:


  • Dr. Sofia Ahmed, Capacity Development Lead, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Capacity Development; Lead, Libin Cardiovascular Institute Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research Initiative; Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Colleen Norris, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta & Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health and Stroke SCN
  • Dr. Amy Metcalfe, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary & Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Dr. Nicole Letourneau, Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Vanessa Ronksley, GROWW Program Manager, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Calgary



  • Nazret Russon, Patient partner and PaCER student
  • Shelley Vallaire, Senior Provincial Director, Cardiovascular Health & Stroke SCN and Maternal Newborn Child & Youth SCN
  • Dr. Deb McNeil, Scientific Director, Maternal Newborn Child & Youth SCN
  • Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Senior Medical Director, AHS Indigenous Wellness Core
  • Dr. Bukola Salami, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Aliyah Dosani, Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mount Royal University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary in Calgary

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Land Acknowledgment

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.