Women's Health Interrupted

Women's Health Interrupted

Women’s Health Interrupted explores women’s health through scientific inquiry and storytelling. Spanning across four overarching and multidisciplinary themes: general health and wellness, brain health, socio-cultural determinants of health as well as politics, policy and advocacy, this podcast brings you content about women's health from every angle. Women's Health Interrupted is produced by the Women's Health Research Cluster at UBC. The podcast is released on the second Wednesday of every month, debuting Wed Aug 11th 2021, on the UBC Medicine Learning Network.


January 11, 2023 16 min

In this episode, Dr. Siwan Anderson talks about how women’s socio-economic status strongly correlates with their health outcomes, especially Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Dr. Anderson discusses some interesting findings in her research on how women are less likely to suffer abuse if they have access to a share of the household. Her current research looks at the women’s relationships with power in the household and how religious ...

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In the fourth episode of our mini series, we talk to Dr. Kiffer Card about social and behavioural determinants of health and how healthcare researchers can improve the study of these determinants. Dr. Card discusses the historical failures of governments and researchers to provide adequate care for marginalized communities and how his work aims to begin filling those gaps.  

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In this episode of our mini-series, we talk to Dr. Elif Sari about how the notion of “becoming sick” is related to people’s migration experiences, especially those who are part of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community. Dr. Sari discusses how this notion is rooted in the idea of harsh working environments and discriminatory practices of healthcare. She also addressed how both of these factors contribute to the emotional and physical wellbei...

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In the second episode of our mini series, we talk to Dr. Veena Sriram about the role of power structures, such as gender, in global healthcare systems and policies. She highlights the importance of interdisciplinary study between public health and social sciences to better critically analyze healthcare systems.

Resources Discussed:

Veena’s papers that questions were based on: 

  • Introduction to “Recontextualizing Physician Associations:...
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    In the first episode of our mini-series, we talk to Dr. Ketty Anyeko about how economic barriers prevent many women from seeking justice and reparations in their lives. She discusses storytelling as a powerful tool for many women who have experienced sexual violence in Northern Uganda and the importance of listening to the community.


    Resources Discussed:

  • Storytelling and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Northern Uganda
  • ‘The Cooling of Hea...
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    September 1, 2022 1 min

    We’re taking a field trip away from our regular Women’s Health Interrupted content to bring you a special mini series!

    Hosted by Dr. Marina Adshade and Damara Featherstone, this mini-series aims to find out what every women’s health researcher should know about socioeconomic status. Socioeconomic status is a combination of economic factors—like income, education and occupation—and social factors including gender, race, country of or...

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    In this week’s episode, we sit down with Dr. Emily Jacobs and Dr. Cailtin Taylor to discuss how oral contraceptives (OC) impact women’s brain health. We break down the science behind oral contraceptives, discover gaps in research, and discuss the need for safer birth control options for women.

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    In this week’s episode, Rebecca sits down with researcher, Dr. Paula Gordon, and breast cancer survivor and Executive Director of Dense Breasts Canada, Jennie Dale, to break into the science behind breast cancer screening and the importance of early detection practices. We talk about why women with dense breasts are at higher risk for developing more severe forms of breast cance...

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    Content Warning: Mentions of suicide/self harm

    If you are experiencing thoughts of self harm and need support contact someone here: Canada:https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

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    In this week’s episode, Rebecca and Sidney sit down to talk with Dr. Jade Boyd, of the BCCSU to discuss the gendered impacts of drug use and drug policy. They go over some of the ways in which researchers, harm reduction services, and state services could all better support women who use drugs. Dr. Boyd also highlights the intersectional nature of d...

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    In this episode, Rebecca sits down with Jaime Charlebois and Patricia Tomasi, co-Founders of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, which advocates for the treatment of all individuals during preconception, pregnancy, and the postpartum periods. We get into the topic of perinatal mental health and how advocacy platforms can be used to inform policy and to improve perinatal mental health care. 

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    Content Warning: discussions of partner violence and traumatic brain injury.

    In this episode, Sidney and Rebecca sit down with Karen Mason and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, co-founders of SOAR, or Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research - a multi-disciplinary research collaboration between University of British Columbia Okanagan and Kelowna Women’s Shelter. We talk about some of the many ways that intimate partner ...

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    In this episode, Sidney and Rebecca sit down with personal trainer, nutrition coach, and best-selling author, Amanda Thebe, to talk about all things menopause. We get into some of the major misconceptions and research gaps around menopause and perimenopause and how it impacts women’s health. We also look at what resources are out there and outline some steps women can take to make this major transition as smooth as possible.
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    In this episode, Sidney speaks to Dr. Sherri Hayden, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hayden speaks about the increased risk of neurological and mental health issues among women and the differences in the way that symptoms of these manifest in comparison with men, as well as the lack of clinical research reflecting these sex differences. Dr. Hayden also emphasizes how i...
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    In this episode, Sidney and Rebecca sit down with gender, intersectionality, and health systems expert, Dr. Rosemary Morgan. We dig into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everything from women's physical and mental health to their professional lives. We also look at how the pandemic has fueled setbacks on gender equality initiatives within our health systems. Plus, Dr. Morgan breaks down what the science has to say about t...
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    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:

    “The Research Divide” https://assets.bcwomensfoundation.org/2020/11/02162501/BCWHF-The-Research-Divide-2020.pdf

    “In Her Words: Women’s Experience with the Healthcare System in BC” https://www.bcwomensfoundation.org/inherwords/

    "Ms.Understood: Women’s hearts are victims of a system that is ill-equipped to diagnose, treat and support them"


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    Women’s Health Interrupted explores women’s health across four overarching and multidisciplinary themes: general health and wellness, brain health, socio-cultural determinants of health as well as politics, policy and advocacy. The podcast debuts Wed Aug 11th on the UBC Medicine Learning Network and will be available every second Wednesday of the month thereafter. Subscribe now! (C) 2021 UBC Medicine Learning Network
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