Faculty of Human and Social Development
Public Health & Social Policy
- Aboriginal health inequities
Despite our publicly-funded health care system, many Aboriginal people still live with health disparities, says Charlotte Reading.
Dr. Reading is a Professor in UVic's School of Public Health and Social Policy and the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research.
She focuses her research on the determinants of Aboriginal people's health, looking at factors such as social conditions, political structures and the barriers - such as racism - that cause health disparities and prevent Aboriginal people from accessing health care.
Dr. Reading has been working extensively on HIV/AIDS with Aboriginal communities, through interviews and group discussions to understand their experiences. The findings of this research can be used to address their health issues appropriately.
Understanding the social factors that impact Aboriginal health can help reduce HIV infection among Aboriginal people. Through community-based programs, Dr. Reading is working to improve the well-being of individuals and families who are living with or affected by HIV.
Dr. Reading's research also informs the general public, health care providers and policy-makers of the social stigma Aboriginal people face when confronting health issues.
"We live in a country that prides itself on a democratic government and in providing equal opportunities," she says. "But Aboriginal people continue to live in disadvantaged conditions that are unfairly unequal."
When teaching human sexuality and Indigenous health, Dr. Reading takes a respectful approach to discussing sensitive issues. She encourages her students to examine problems from many perspectives to reflect the diversity of people and cultures inside and outside of the classroom.
Dr. Reading's Faces of UVic Research video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuBo-BOAKfE
Centre for Aboriginal Health Research website: http://cahr.uvic.ca/
Health Related Research
Dr. Reading conducts research to address the health disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
General International Activities
Engaging with stakeholders in British Columbia, across Canada, and internationally, Dr. Reading contributes to the improvement of Aboriginal peoples' health by leading relevant and ethical health research.