Promoting inclusive KT: physical activity practices for children and youth with diverse abilities

February 25, 2022


Dr. Lise Olsen, Associate Professor, UBCO
Dr. Stephanie Glegg, OT and Implementation Scientist, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

This presentation will address the importance of physical activity participation for children with diverse abilities and the value of equitable access to inclusive programs for children and families. Factors linked to children’s access to inclusive opportunities will be discussed, (e.g. geographic location or program closures to COVID-19 pandemic) and how participation can be better supported through KT initiatives. We will provide an overview of the KidsAction intervention, the implementation science framework underpinning the study and our use of an Indigenous inclusive approach throughout. We will discuss our collaborative research approaches with varied community sites in BC and adaptations to implementation made along the way. Key lessons learned to date and how we aim to foster project sustainability to provide for continuing access to inclusive programs for children and families will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of KT to build physical literacy and to support participation for children with diverse abilities.
  • Describe the intersecting factors that affect physical activity opportunities for children with diverse abilities and their families.
  • Appreciate the importance and value of building relationships in Indigenous-partnered community-based initiatives.
  • Explain the importance of adaptations to the implementation process for facilitating successful outcomes.


Upcoming webinar


December 01, 2023

Leveraging arts-based methods in research dissemination: Partnering with community and using film to address HIV stigma

Leveraging arts-based methods such as film can be utilized for research dissemination. In this webinar, Dr. Angela Kaida, Juno Roche, and Azra Bhanji will discuss how they are using their film HIV Made Me Fabulous to help share HIV science to reduce stigma and discrimination.

HIV Made Me Fabulous is a 10-minute film that tells the personal story of Juno Roche, a writer, activist and trans woman, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years. Grounded in HIV science, the film examines issues related to HIV, intersectionality, and sexual health equity, and delivers these themes through embodied storytelling.


Learning Objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Understand the use of arts-based methods in research dissemination
  2. Understand the methods used to develop a dissemination strategy and measure its reach
  3. Understand the impacts of film as a knowledge translation tool to affect change



Dr. Angela Kaida is an epidemiologist and community-engaged researcher at Simon Fraser University where she is an SFU distinguished professor in the faculty of health sciences and the former Canada Research Chair in global perspectives on HIV and sexual and reproductive health. She leads a global research program focused on factors and environments that increase vulnerability or protect sexual and reproductive health in the context of HIV. Dr. Kaida works closely with community leaders and decision makers to integrate research evidence into health policy and programming attending to social and gender equity. As of January 2023, she is the scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.

Juno Roche is a writer and campaigner whose work around gender, sexuality, and trans lives has been funded by the likes of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and described as ‘provocative, cutting edge and innovative’. She studied fine art and philosophy at Brighton and English literature at Sussex and writes for a wide range of publications. She has authored five books: Queer Sex, Trans Power, Gender Explorers, A Working-Class Family Ages Badly, and Roam: the search for happiness.

Azra Bhanji is a recent master of public health graduate from Simon Fraser University. She is currently the research co-ordinator for the short film HIV Made Me Fabulous. Azra also co-ordinates the Life and Love with HIV digital storytelling platform that shares experiences, disseminates scientific evidence and offers support for health and wellbeing among women living with HIV. She also has experience planning, organizing and implementing HIV and youth related programming in Kenya.