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Community-led Solutions: Advancing Equity and Justice in Perinatal Services
February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CGSHE Speaker Series presents Dr. Saraswathi Vedam’s talk on community-led solutions to advancing equity and justice in perinatal services.
Poor access to respectful care has emerged as a critical factor associated with adverse health outcomes. Recent research highlights that historically oppressed and marginalized populations are more likely to experience barriers and mistreatment when accessing or receiving care. People with lived experiences of care are increasingly acknowledged as the “experts” who are best positioned to inform patient-oriented, community-responsive research, knowledge translation, and quality improvement.
Dr. Vedam’s community participatory action research projects aim to study perinatal services through an equity lens. In her current national study, RESPCCT, over 6000 service users with a broad range of identities, circumstances and backgrounds, report on their experiences of respectful, kind, exceptional care as well as discrimination, disrespect and mistreatment during childbearing care. Dr. Vedam will discuss emerging findings along four themes: anti-oppressive policy and practice; access to culture-centered care; person-centred quality measurement; and restorative, reproductive justice.