CHAIM Chats is a podcast facilitated by the CHAIM Centre at Carleton University. The CHAIM Centre facilitates engagement across disciplines and sectors. Our goal is to advance Canadian health research and its application to health care accessibility and programs. The Centre’s activities focus primarily on communication, networking, and outreach to facilitate health research partnerships and knowledge mobilization.
This episode of CHAIM Chats will focus on topics related to food, stress, gut microbiome, food security, and culture, as we approach the December holidays. We being by looking within ourselves and learning more about the connections between gut microbiome and stress. Then, our story takes us to communities around the world, where we learn about food security and food sovereignty. We learn what these topics mean in Canada and on an international scale. Finally, we explore food, culture, and how COVID-19 will affect many December holiday traditions.
This episode will focus on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process and the final report brought awareness of the atrocities that occurred in Indian Residential Schools. Six years later, the uncovering of the mass graves at these sites brought this issue to the forefront of the Canadian media but only served as a painful reminder to Indigenous Peoples. Non-Indigenous people and allies have been coming to terms with the history of this land currently known as Canada, and how they can better educate themselves moving forward. In this episode, we reflect on the first-ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, learn the story behind it, and explore the role non-Indigenous allies have in promoting healing and reconciliation.
Social and cultural health inequalities faced by Asian communities
Three CHAIM Centre Affiliates shared their experiences as Asian researchers for Asian Heritage Month in May, discussing social and cultural health inequities, particularly in mental health. In this segment, we hear from Dr. Melissa Chee, an assistant professor in Carleton's Neuroscience department and principal investigator at The Chee Lab, Ajani Asokumar, a neuroscience Ph.D. student at Carleton and Dr. Zul Merali, former scientific director of the University of Ottawa's Institute of Mental Health Research.
Series 1: Discussing Trans and Queer Health Experiences
With Dr. Julia Sinclair-Palm
In the next few episodes, we talk with professionals and organizations about queer and trans experiences in health systems. In this segment, we speak with Dr. Julia Sinclair-Palm (she/they), sociology professor at Carleton University, about their research and perspectives on barriers faced by the trans community in accessing health. She also talks about common misconceptions and how the cisgender community can better support trans folks. Music credit: Treasure by Ketsa
In this episode, we speak with Florence Ashley (they/them), a transfeminine bioethicist and jurist about trans experiences within the Canadian health systems. We talk about their research on how medical professionals often gatekeep hormone replacement therapy and assert their own perceptions of gender over their trans patients. Florence also discusses the interplay of sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia. Music credit: Treasure by Ketsa
In our final episode of our series on Queer and Trans experiences in health, we speak with Christian Wright (they/them), the lead coordinator of Rainbow Ottawa Student Experience (ROSE). Christian speaks about how community-based organizations support Trans and Queer folks, but there needs to be changes in how healthcare practitioners are educated to ensure that LGBTQ+ individuals receive proper respect and care. Music credit: Treasure by Ketsa