Lakehead Research Team Adapts eHealth App to Serve Maternal Health Needs in the North

Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Research, Faculty of Education) and a team of Lakehead University researchers including Principal Investigator Dr. Helle Moeller, Dr. Jennifer Chisholm, Dr. Manal Alzghoul, and Master of Health Sciences student Abigale Kent have been working on a research project focusing on maternal health care for Indigenous and immigrant women in Northwestern Ontario.

Their research was recently featured in The Chronicle Journal, in relation to their plans to customize a software application to provide women in the region with access to maternal supports, including mental health education care during the pregnancy and post-partum period.

In particular, the eHealth app is being customized to fit the needs of Indigenous and immigrant women, who often do not have the same level of pre- and post-natal care and education as other women. The lack of support they experience may be due to socioeconomic, linguistic, and cultural differences—or, for those living up North, not being close to where programs are offered.   

The team is funded by Women’s Xchange of Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, and the SSHRC Explore Research Development Fund.

Pictured below, from left to right: Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Dr. Jennifer Chisholm, Abigale Kent, Dr. Helle Moeller, and Dr. Manal Alzghoul.