Welcome Alison Gerlach, HELP Honorary Research Associate

HELP is excited to announce Dr. Alison Gerlach as our newest Honorary Research Associate, effective July 1st.

For the past 20 years, Alison has worked in partnership with Indigenous communities, organizations and colleagues as a community occupational therapist and later a researcher on early childhood and child health policy and practices interventions related to Indigenous children’s health equity. Alison completed her PhD at UBC and her dissertation was a critical examination of how Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in BC foster family well-being and child health equity. Alison has also recently partnered with the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC on a study funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada looking at family engagement, and is currently partnering with a non-profit organization on the Downtown Eastside on a community engagement project focused on play.

Alison was recently awarded a prestigious CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. During her tenure as an Honorary Research Associate with HELP, Alison will work with Dr. Margo Greenwood at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, at the University of Northern British Columbia. This work will focus on generating Indigenous perspectives on early intervention therapy and their implications for how these services can be organized and delivered in ways that are meaningful, culturally safe and socially responsive. We are hopeful that our connection with Alison will bring new partnership possibilities with it, and also the potential for collaborative research opportunities for HELP.