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RFP--Mental Health Policy Brief, Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group

The Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group is requesting
proposals from Aboriginal women health researchers to write a 6-page
health policy brief that addresses the mental health and healing of
Aboriginal women and children.

The terms and conditions of the Request for Proposals are as follows:
* Aboriginal includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis;
* Must be national in scope;
* Researchers must clearly stay within the theme of mental health, however, emerging themes around mental health are encouraged;
* Must include citations;
* Final brief will be no longer than 6 pages, double spaced, 12 point font and following APA guidelines; and
* A detailed contract outlining specific deliverables and timelines
including payment schedule will be signed by both parties upon
selection.

The Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group requests that
each researcher responding to this request will also provide the
following:
* A short biography.
* A one page outline of the policy brief.
* CV listing previous publications.
* Example of recent publication.

Please submit your response to this request by 5:00 p.m. pacific time on Wednesday, November 23, 2005, to:

Ms. Linda Day
Executive Director
Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group
406 -  2194 Health Sciences Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C.  V6T 1Z3
lindaday@interchange.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-3349
Fax: (604) 822-2495

The Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group is a national
consortium of Aboriginal women health researchers, scholars and leaders
funded by the Women's Health Contribution Program of Health Canada,
situated at the University of British Columbia, in the College of
Health Disciplines.

Only those selected for a policy brief contract will be contacted.

The Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group (AWHHRG) is a
national network of Aboriginal (including First Nations, Métis and
Inuit) women health researchers.  The organization is entering its
second phase of development, with the establishment of a new site
office located at the University of British Columbia in the College of
Health Disciplines, and the
recruitment of a new Executive Director.

The vision of the Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group is to
* Increase knowledge of Aboriginal women's health and healing through
community-driven research framed by Aboriginal  women's needs,
perspectives, knowledge, worldviews and protocols.
* Provide policy advice to federal, provincial, territorial and local governments.

The mission of the Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group is to
* Create a supportive community for Aboriginal women engaged in health and healing research and policy advice;
 *Support and promote community based health and healing research done by and with Aboriginal women;
* Identify and address gaps and weaknesses in Aboriginal women's health and healing research;
* Promote research ethics that include Aboriginal consultation and input;
* Foster critical, contextual and Aboriginal approaches to health and healing research initiatives; and
* Develop policy advice and recommendations for action to improve the health and healing of Aboriginal women.

The Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group shall endeavour to maintain highest standards in the following areas:
* Research Focus: use culturally appropriate research strategies to generate new knowledge.
* Policy Advice: build a national policy research agenda; critique policies and make policy recommendations.
* Network Building: facilitate research collaborations locally, regionally and internationally.
* Information Sharing: establish a strong base for research, policy and action
* Organizational Development: establish a strong organizational base that supports research, policy advice and action.

Conflict of interest guidelines shall be adhered to, in the selection of final policy brief.

[Source: Policy Action Research List, http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/]