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Alberta students receive Scholarships for Health Studies

by NationTalk on September 28, 2009468 Views

September 25, 2009

Edmonton… Two University of Calgary students will each receive a $10,000 Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism scholarship to help them undertake research that will assist healthcare workers serving culturally diverse populations.Amrita Roy is in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. Her doctoral research will explore the role that depression, intimate partner violence and peri-natal health play in the lives of Aboriginal women and infants. This study will help health practitioners and policy makers to better respond to the peri-natal needs of this population.

Inés Sametband is in the master’s of psychology program in Calgary. She will study the dialogue between counselors and clients who are involved in cross-cultural interactions. Her work will help those involved in counselling provide better support and therapeutic interventions across cultures.

“It is important to assist students like Amrita and Inés in their efforts to explore how culture impacts the health of Albertans,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “This research will help develop knowledge and skills to ensure everyone has a chance to participate fully in our society.”

This scholarship program helps build expertise about effective ways to reduce discrimination and to increase equitable access for everyone.

“Both of these research programs are projects that our government is proud to support through the Alberta Scholarship Programs,” said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “Supporting Alberta’s students continues to help create strong and inclusive communities across the province.”

The Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund supports the Alberta government’s efforts to foster equality, promote fairness, and encourage the creation of inclusive workplaces and communities.

Application forms for the scholarship are available through the graduate and awards offices at post-secondary institutions and online at www.alis.alberta.ca under the scholarships and bursaries section. The deadline for the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism scholarship is February 1.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Lisa Shankaruk
Communications
Culture and Community Spirit
780-427-6530

Wendy Livingstone
Human Rights and Citizenship
Culture and Community Spirit
403-297-3290

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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