Mei Lan Fang

Mei Lan Fang
MPH, Social Inequities and Health Stream, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University

Research Associate, SFU Gerontology Research Centre

HC2835
E: mei_fang@sfu.ca
T: 778-782-9876

Biography

Mei Lan Fang completed her Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in the Social Inequities and Health Stream, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. During her studies, she served as a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) exploring health needs and social justice initiatives for immigrant and refugee populations through an intersectional lens (a critical theoretical framework which posits how multiple social identities and multiple forms of oppression determine a person’s life chances, thereby, impacting their health outcomes). For the past few years, she has worked as a Research Associate at the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH), Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver and as a Researcher at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Northampton in England. At BCCEWH, she actively contributed to projects focusing on gender-sensitive health promotion initiatives for marginalized women. In England, she investigated differential perceptions and understandings of end-of-life care and effectiveness of interventions for persons with long-term health conditions; an expansion of her Master’s thesis, "Coping with bereavement: Exploring psychological well-being, religious practices, beliefs and support needs of Manchester’s Chinese population." Her expertise resides in working with local communities and harder-to-reach groups through the use of qualitative methods, as well as, synthesizing knowledge through conducting systematic reviews.

At the GRC, Mei Lan is a Research Associate. She contributes to multiple projects with specific focus on a place-making study, entitled, “Place-making with seniors: Towards meaningful affordable housing;” a community-based participatory project that works in partnership with the City of Richmond, service providers, developers, members of the Kiwanis Seniors’ Society as well as tenants to capture place-based needs of older adults transitioning into affordable housing. She is also heavily involved the Baptist Housing Evaluation, a project commissioned by Baptist Housing to determine if and how a ‘housing model’ of care can contribute to positive outcomes for residents, family members and care staff. Her work on these projects will involve evaluations of how the built environment and new housing projects affect residents, families, and team members. Aligned with this work, Mei will also be building and completing a PhD project supervised by Dr. Andrew Sixsmith to understand how changes in place can influence persons’ health and well-being through combined and fluctuating experiences of social isolation and connectedness.

PROJECT PUBLICATION

”Our Place, Our Space: Resident Stories and Place Priorities”
ENGLISH ; CHINESE
Prepared by the Place-Making with Seniors Research Team
Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University
March 7, 2016

Media

Coping with Bereavement in Chinese Groups, Featured on BBC Radio Manchester, Chinatown, Updating Manchester’s Chinese Community, August 28, 2011.

Selected Publications

Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Sinclair, S., & Horst, G. (2016). A knowledge synthesis of culturally- and spiritually-sensitive end-of-life care: Findings from a scoping review. BMC Geriatrics 16, 107. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-016-0282-6 online LivingMyCulture.ca

Canham, S.L., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). From familiar faces to family: Staff and resident relationships in long-term care. Journal of Aging & Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264316645550  LINK

Blackman, S., Matlo, C., Bobrovitskiy, C., Waldoch, A., Fang, M.L., Jackson, P., Mihailidis, A., Nygård, L., Astell, A., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Ambient assisted living technologies for aging well: A scoping review. Journal of Intelligent Systems 25(1), 55–69. DOI: 10.1515/jisys-2014-0136 online

Fang, M., Sixsmith, J., Lawthom, R., Mountian, I, Shahrin, A. (2015). Experiencing ‘pathologised presence and normalised absence’; Understanding health related experiences and access to health care among Iraqi and Somali asylum seekers, refugees and persons without legal status. BMC Public Health, 15, 923. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2279-z  online

Fang, M.L., Coatta, K., Badger, M., Wu, S., Easton, M., Nygård, L., Astell, A., & Sixsmith, A. (2015). Informing understandings of mild cognitive impairment for older adults: Implications from a scoping review. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1–32, DOI: 10.1177/0733464815589987 online

Fang, M., Gerbrandt, J., Liwander, A., & Pederson, A. (in press). Exploring promising gender-sensitive tobacco and alcohol interventions: Results of a scoping review. Substance Use & Misuse.

Blackman, S., Fang, M., Coatta, K., Badger, M., Jackson, P., & Sixsmith, A. (in press). Ambient Assisted Living Technology for older adults with mild cognitive impairment: A scoping review. Journal of Intelligent Systems.

Fang, M., Coatta, K., Badger, M., Wu, S., Easton, M., Nygard, L., & Sixsmith, A. (in press). Informing understandings of mild cognitive impairment for older adults: political, ethical and technological implications from a scoping review. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Huber, J., Browne, J., Fang, M., & Waroquier, L. (2015). Diabetes stigma: A neglected issue. Diabetes Update, Spring, 28-31.

Fang, M., Malcoe, L., Sixsmith, J., Wong, L., & Callender, M. (2014). Exploring traditional end-of-life beliefs, values, expectations and practices amongst Chinese women living in England: Informing culturally-safe care. Palliative & Supportive Care. DOI:10.1017/S1478951514001126

Fang, M. (2012). Research Review: The Role of Gender in Mental Illness Stigma. Psychology of Women’s Section Review, 14(2), 100-104.

Livingston, J., Milne, T., Fang, M., & Amari, E. (2012). The Effectiveness of Interventions for Reducing Stigma Related to Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review. Addiction, 107(1), 39-50.

Goldner, E., Jones, W. & Fang, M. (2011). Access to and waiting time for psychiatrist services: a study in “real-time.” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 56(8), 474-480.

Fang, M., & Goldner, E. (2011). Transitioning into the Canadian workplace: Challenges of immigrants and its effect on mental health. Canadian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(1), 93-102.

Reports

Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Fang, M.L. (2016). Mapping Metro Vancouver to support housing first implementation: Service barriers, gaps, and recommendations. Vancouver: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. LINK

Mei Lan Fang, Sarah Canham, Lupin Battersby, Judith Sixsmith, Ryan Woolrych, Tori Ren & Andrew Sixsmith. Collaboration Café: Co-creating Solutions with Non-Profit Housing Providers. Vancouver: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. (November 2016) LINK

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Middle-aged & older adults’ information & communication technology access: A realist review. A SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant Final Report.

Fang, M.L., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Ren, T., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Our place, our space: Resident stories and place priorities. Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. LINK/english; LINK/chinese

Huber, J., Callender, M., Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J. (2015). Providing incentives to support smoking cessation during pregnancy. Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK.

Huber, J., Fang, M., & Jones, K. (2015). Health rewards: Evaluation of an incentivised workplace physical activity programme. Northampton, UK, University of Northampton.

Ward, A., & Fang, M. (2015). Olympus care: Physical health core skills training evaluation. Northampton, UK, University of Northampton.

Conference Activities

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Krahn, D., Sixsmith, A., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Woolrych, R. (2016, November). Health and well-being through transitions: Structural supports. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Wada, M., Fang, M.L., Krahn, D., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Long term care en masse interinstitutional relocations: Interactive guideline development. Poster session presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). The influence of transitions on morale and relationality among long-term care workers. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Wilson, R., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Middle-aged and older adults’ information and communication technology access: A realist review. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Fang, M.L., Battersby, L., Moreno, S., Sixsmith, J., Kontos, P., Grigorovich, A., Moreno, L., Mihailidis, A., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Transdisciplinary approach towards ‘thinking commercially’: Enhancing commercialization in aging and technology research. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Fang, M.L., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Bell, R., Wada, M., Biggerstaff, S., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Mapping Metro Vancouver: Exploring implementation possibilities for Housing First. Paper presented at 2016 Pacific Housing Research Network Symposium on Housing Research in British Columbia, November 20-23, 2016, Richmond, BC.

Fang, M.L., Canham, S., Sixsmith, J., & Woolrych, R. (2016, November). Applying intersectionality to capture marginalized experiences of aging-in-place. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Fang, M.L., Coatta, K., Badger, M., Wu, S., Easton, M., Nygard, L., Astell, A., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, September). Scoping understandings of mild cognitive impairment for older adults: Political, ethical and technological implications. Paper presented at the 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, September 28-30, 2016, Nice, France.

Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Woolrych, R. (2016, October). Intersectionality as an effective analytical framework to elucidate minoritized experiences of aging-in-place. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Sixsmith, J., Fang, M.L., Woolrych, R., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Transition, agency, and oppression: The case of Kiwanis Tower residents. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Sixsmith, J., Kontos, P., Grigorovich, A., & Fang, M.L. (2016, September). Supporting the successful development and uptake of assistive technologies for older adults through transdisciplinary research and innovation. E-Poster presented at the 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, September 28-30, 2016, Nice, France.

Sixsmith, J., Wilson, R., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, September). Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL): A national research network in technology and aging. E-Poster presented at the 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, September 28-30, 2016, Nice, France.

Woolrych, R., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Re-building sense-of-place amongst older adults transitioning into affordable housing. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Canham, S., Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, November). Creating sense-of-place through participatory community mapping workshops with older adults. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, FL.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Woolrych, R., Fang, M., Sixsmith, A., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, October). Long-term care: Inside and out. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Woolrych, R., Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, July). Long-term care: Inside and out. Poster session presented at the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium, July 5-10, 2015, Vancouver, BC.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, October). Interpersonal relationships enhance familiarity and sense of home in long-term care. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, October). “Integrated working”: Establishing the intricacies of partnership building with stakeholders to achieve sustainable solutions for positive aging in place. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Callender, M., Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, October). Understanding cultural perspectives on end of life care. Poster presented at the Rennie Grove Hospice Care Annual Conference, October 21, 2015, Tring, UK.

Fang, M., Sixsmith, J., Sinclair, S., & Horst, G. (2015, October). Understanding culturally- and spiritually-sensitive end of life care: A synthesis of current knowledge. Poster session presented at the Rennie Grove Hospice Care Annual Conference, October 21, 2015, Tring, UK.

Huber, J., Callender, M., Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, September). Financial incentives reduce smoking and improve wellbeing in pregnant women. Poster session presented at the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, September 8-11, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Callender, M., Sixsmith J., & Fang, M. (2015, September). Exploring different geographical and organisational understandings of risk when supporting 'at risk' families. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, September 1-4, 2015, Exeter, UK.

Callender, M., Fang, M., Huber, J., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, July). Smoking cessation during pregnancy - the value of incentives. Paper presented at the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium, Simon Fraser University, July 5, 2015, Vancouver, BC.

Fang, M., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, July). Applying a multidimensional intersectionality analysis: Perspectives of sense of place from low-income seniors at the intersections of multiple oppressions, positionalities and identities. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference for Public Policy, July 1-4, 2015, Milan, Italy.

Callender, M., Sixsmith J., & Fang, M. (2015, June). Integrated working through aligned case management. Poster session presented at the 'Violence: Children, Family, Society’ conference, June 24-26, 2015, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK.

Fang, M., Sixsmith, J., Sinclair, S., & Horst, G. (2015, May). Culturally- and spiritually-sensitive end-of-life care: Exploring current knowledge using a scoping review method. Poster session presented at the Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference, May 28-30, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S.L., Battersby, L. & Sixsmith, A. (2015, April). Place-making with seniors: Transforming affordable housing into home. Paper presented at the International Association of the Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress (IAGG-ER 2015 Congress), April 23-26, 2015, Dublin Ireland.

Canham, S.L., O’Reilly, C., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., & Woolrych, R. (2015, March). The faces of long-term care: Familiarity and meaning in the culture of care. Paper presented by M. Fang for the International Convention of Psychological Science, March 12-14, 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fang, M., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Woolrych, Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith A. (2015, March). The faces of long-term care: Familiarity and meaning in the culture of care. Paper presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, March 12-14, 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, March). Understanding care in the context of end-of-life beliefs, values, expectations and practices amongst Chinese women living in England. Paper presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, March 12-14, 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Canham, S.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2014, November). Place-making with seniors: Preliminary findings from the Kiwanis towers project. Presentation for the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee, Richmond, BC.

IN THE NEWSLETTER

Canadian Virtual Hospice. GRC News 35(2), 11. LINK

Our place, our space: Resident stories and place priorities. Seniors’ Housing Update, 25(2), 3-4. LINK

Kiwanis Towers. Seniors’ Housing Update, 24(1), 7. LINK