Psychology Instructor/Students Working with Community Partners on Social Supports

Date posted: 
Mon, 12/04/2017


Dr. Anomi Bearden has been working with two University of Calgary/Red Deer College Bachelor of Arts Collaborative students to improve awareness and access to social supports in central Alberta. Dr. Bearden and Melissa Hillman are currently collaborating with the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance (CAPRA) and Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) Health Promotion to create and distribute a survey that will assess poverty awareness in the Red Deer area, access to supports, as well as the perceived impact of poverty on our community. The results of this survey will inform CAPRA's work in the community by raising awareness and community engagement around poverty prevention and reduction.

Brooklyn Daines and Dr. Bearden are collaborating with the organization SPARC – Strengthening Positive Assets and Resiliency in the Community, as well as with Alberta Health Services’ Mental Health and Addictions in an effort to raise awareness and engagement around the promotion of assets in youth. By assessing the impact of SPARC family events, Dr. Bearden and Brooklyn hope to measure effectiveness, determine potential barriers for success, and draft suggestions for improvement. Ultimately, this project will support the work of SPARC and help them promote the developmental assets within families in our community.

Both projects are in collaboration with AHS, and are receiving funding and support from Dr. Scott Oddie and the Health Research Collaborative (HRC) between RDC and AHS.

Melissa and Brooklyn will present posters of their research at RDC and the U of C this Spring.