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  Rural, Remote and Northern Women's Health: Policy and Research Directions - Summary Report


The entire Summary Report is available online.

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Also available, Rural, Remote and Northern Women's Health Community Kit. Women who were involved in the national study in 2003 asked that a plain-language kit be developed to help share and disseminate the research findings more widely. This kit is designed to improve the health of rural remote and northern women across Canada by making sure that women have a say in how health programs, plans and policies are developed. The kit provides summaries and background information about the national research project, as well as information for local communities to use in advocating for change. Go to Community Kit

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The research and publication of this study were funded by the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE). The PWHCE is financially supported by the Women's Health Contribution Program, Bureau of Women's Health and Gender Analysis, Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the PWHCE or the official policy of Health Canada.

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R. Sutherns, M. McPhedran, M. Haworth-Brockman


In response to widespread interest in the health issues of rural, remote and northern populations in Canada, calls for more systematic and applied rural health research and the virtual invisibility of gender analysis in current rural health policy and research, the Centres of Excellence for Women's Health (CEWH) developed a national study entitled Rural and Remote and Northern Women's Health: Policy and Research Directions. Its purpose was to combine the knowledge of women living in rural and remote areas of Canada with that of community organizations and researchers to develop a policy framework and research agenda on rural and remote women's health in Canada. The results of the study reported here reflect investment in a highly consultative process to produce clear, achievable goals for change, based on the knowledge of women who have built their lives in rural, remote and northern Canada.


vComplete Summary Report (.pdf, 6.7Mb)
vTable of Contents (.pdf, 3.2 Mb)
vExecutive Summary (.pdf, 1.9 Mb)
vSECTION A: Introduction (.pdf, 445Kb)
vSECTION B: Understanding Rural and Remote Women's Health in Canada (.pdf, 409 Kb)
vSECTION C: Conducting the National Survey (.pdf, 408 Kb)
vSECTION D: Annotated Bibliography of the Literature in French (.pdf, 2.6 Mb)
vSECTION E: A Literature Review and Thematic Bibliography (.pdf, 2.5 Mb)
vSECTION F: Results from Francophone Focus Groups with Women in Rural and Remote Communities in Canada (.pdf, 2.5 Mb)
vSECTION G: Results from Focus Groups Conducted in English with Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities in Canada (.pdf, 2.5 Mb)
vSECTION H: Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association (.pdf, 337 Kb)
vSECTION I: The National Consultation (.pdf, 331 Kb)
vSECTION J: Synthesis of Themes (.pdf, 351 Kb)
vSECTION K: Research Priorities (.pdf, 214 Kb)
vSECTION L: Policy Recommendations (.pdf, 268Kb)
Appendices (.pdf, 191 Kb)

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