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Bonnie Jeffery, BSW, MSW, PhD

Professor
Prince Albert Campus Coordinator

Office: Prince Albert Campus
E-mail: bonnie.jeffery@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 953-5311 or (306) 337-2228

Research interests
Income security and poverty; health policy; women and health; distance education issues in social work education; social policy issues for women and northern communities; quantitative and qualitative research design in the human services; Aboriginal health.

Research:

  • The Experience of Off-Campus Social Work Students: Implications for Delivery Models and Preparation for Practice: Bonnie Jeffery, Angela Leski and Ailsa Watkinson are conducting this project. A survey of off-campus social work students has been completed (n=212) and the preliminary analysis of findings prepared. Based on these findings, we developed questions for the three focus groups that took place in late April 2003 in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Yorkton.
  • First Nations Health Development: Tools for Assessment of Health and Social Service Program Impacts On Community Wellness and Capacity (2002): The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) & the provincial Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC) provided Dr. Jeffery with a $277,000 three-year study to work with First Nations health organizations to improve community-based health services for First Nations and northern communities.

    Work continues on this project in northern Saskatchewan.  The synthesis report of the literature is almost completed, program logic models are completed and the first phase of data collection with Health Directors in the First Nations communities and representatives from provincial communities in the Athabasca region are close to completion. Bonnie Jeffery is the Principal Investigator on this project that is funded from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institutes of Aboriginal Peoples Health & Population and Public Health), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Northern Medical Services (College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan).
  • Knowledge of Data Discovery and Data Mining as a Population Health Research Methodology, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Bonnie Jeffery is Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Robert Hilderman, Computer Science, University of Regina.
  • Strengthening and Building Sexual Health of Aboriginal Youth and Young Adults, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Bonnie Jeffery is Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Hampton, University of Regina) on this project that is being conducted in Regina.
  • Role Quality and Health: Influences of Individual, Workplace and Community Social Supports: This research project was recently approved for funding from CIHR (Institutes of Gender and Health & Aboriginal Peoples Health). Bonnie Jeffery is Principal Investigator and team members include: Sylvia Abonyi (SPHERU-U of R); Bonnie Janzen (Community Health & Epidemiology-U of S); Ron Labonte (SPHERU-U of S); Michael Polanyi (SPHERU-U of R); Esther Sanderson (SIFC-Northern Campus); Allison Williams (SPHERU-U of S); Kay Willson (Prairie Womens Health Centre of Excellence); Judith Martin (Sask Labour); Gail Hartsook (Sask Social Services)

    This project will examine the health effects of the experience of different levels of individual, workplace, and community social supports that individuals experience in their social roles. The project will involve the collection of primary data through an in-depth qualitative study of women and men in the northeast region of DSS to examine the conditions under which role quality affects the health of women and men and how this differs by Aboriginal status. This project will focus on some key factors that are amongst the most powerful influences on individual well-being. Each one of these conditions implies different policy directions and the challenge is to assess which options would be the most influential in creating more equitable health outcomes, particularly on the basis of gender and Aboriginal status.
  • Determining Factors Toward Improving HIV/AIDS Support Structures in Northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal Communities: Sylvia Abonyi (SPHERU-U of R) is the Principal Investigator on this CIHR funded project which includes team members: Bonnie Jeffery, James Irvine, Donna Stockdale, Shirley Woods and 4 community representatives from Ile a la Crosse (Max Morin), Deschambault (Jane Ballantyne), Pinehouse (Cecile Caisse) and Canoe Lake (Norm Opekokew).
  • Evaluation of an Internet-Delivered Introductory Social Work Course: Funding was received from the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE) to assist with the evaluation of the first offering of SW 100 on-line ? researchers were Bonnie Jeffery, Mona Acker and Anne Caroll (MSW student). The report was completed in October 2002 and is posted online.
  • Developmental Program Evaluation - Sexual Health Centre (1999-2000): This research project will evaluate the Sexual Health Centre funded principally by the Regina Health District. The Centre is operated by Planned Parenthood Regina with the goals of
    1. enhancing the overall sexual health of young adults,
    2. lowering the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in this population and
    3. reducing the risk of teen pregnancy.

    The study will evaluate the ongoing prevention-intervention program operated through the Centre, where its clientele grew by about 50% from 1995 to 1997. The Centre's services are obviously being used by youth, but other evaluation data will be collected in order to: clarify ways in which the program is or is not meeting its stated objectives; evaluate the potential for such a program to impact the teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rate; assess client satisfaction with services, especially services involving transfer of medical function and special nursing procedures; and increase the understanding of the sexual health needs of young women and men.

    Expected completion date for this research project, funded by the Health Transition Fund of Health Canada, is August 2000.
  • Social Determinants of Self-Rated Health - The Interaction of Gender with Socio-Economic Status and Social Relationships in the Yukon (1998): This study, completed December 1998, addressed the social determinants of health with a specific focus on three factors in the social environment that either individually or collectively have an influence on health status: gender, socio-economic status (SES), and people's social relationships. The purpose of the study was to examine whether people's social relationships mediate the effects of SES on self-rated health and to assess whether these effects differ for women and men. The research questions were examined by formulating a theoretical model and evaluating the hypothesized relationships through the use of structural equation modeling. Analyses were conducted on data from Yukon residents who participated in the Territory's 1993 Health Promotion Survey.