PhD student Kate Salters receives multiple awards for research on vulnerable women living with HIV

July 08, 2014

FHS congratulates Doctoral student Kate Salters, who received awards from both the Soroptomist Foundation of Canada and CIHR to support her research that will improve the quality of women’s lives.

Salters will receive $7,500 from the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada for her PhD research examining the social, physical, and environmental barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health care among vulnerable women living with HIV in Canada. She was also the recipient of a CIHR Doctoral Research Award ($35,000/year for 3 years) which is funded in partnership with the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR).

Research has shown that women living with HIV face gender barriers to health care services, and Salters -- alongside supervisor and Canada Research Chair Dr. Angela Kaida -- are investigating women-centred services that could more fully address their unique needs in a supportive, inclusive, and accessible manner.

In collaboration with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), Salters will look at contraceptive use, access to family planning services, and other sexual and reproductive health outcomes among a sample of 1,500 women living with HIV in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec.

Dr. Kaida, who is a co-Principal Investigator for CHIWOS, is thrilled that Kate will be working with their national community-collaborative research team to undertake a highly innovative research topic with potential to make a substantial impact on improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for some of the country’s most under-serviced women.

“Kate is the ideal recipient for this scholarship given her previous research experience and success, as well as her long-standing commitment to rectifying health inequities among some of Canada’s most vulnerable women. 

She is a creative and hard-working student, and has worked independently to produce highly relevant and engaging findings in the area of SRHR of women in Canada and around the world,” remarked Dr. Kaida.

With this grant, Salters will continue teaching and being an advocate for women’s rights in sexual and reproductive health. She intends to pursue a career in the field of women's health and HIV/AIDS, working for and with women in hopes of creating a program of meaningful research and practice that adequately and appropriately addresses the most pressing issues facing Canadian women.

The Soroptimist Foundation was established in 1958 by the Soroptimist International of Americas, by Deed of Trust, for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. A primary purpose of theirs is to provide Canadian grants for research in recognition of achievement in the advancement of education.

Photo: Kate Salters
Photo Credit: Fernando Prada/ BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

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