Dr. Sylvia Reitmanova

Previous Postdoctoral Trainees
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  • Project Title:
    Diversity-competent primary and hospital maternal health care in Ottawa. (2012-2013)
  • Project Description:
    My research will contribute to a better understanding of how biological characteristics, physiological abilities, social identities and cultural values, and their complex interaction with other health determinants shape the maternal health needs of women from cultural minorities (nonwhite women, immigrant women, women with disabilities, and women of diverse sexual orientation). I will provide my research findings to healthcare policymakers and service providers and work with them to develop policies and practices that will respond to the identified women’s needs.
  • Research Projects:
    Diversity-competent primary and hospital maternal health care in Ottawa
  • Where you are now?:
    Vision 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa
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Publications & Presentations

  • Journal articles
    1. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (In press). Exploring the mutual constitution of racializing and medicalizing discourses of immigrant tuberculosis in the Canadian press. Qualitative Health Research
    2. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (In press). Colouring the white plague: A syndemic approach to immigrant tuberculosis in Canada. Ethnicity and Health, published ahead of print December 19, 2011, DOI:10.1080/13557858.2011.645156
    3. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2012). Rethinking immigrant tuberculosis control in Canada: From medical surveillance to tackling social determinants of health. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(1): 6-13
    4. Reitmanova, S. (2011). Cross-cultural undergraduate medical education in North America: Theoretical concepts and educational approaches. Teaching and Learning Medicine, 23(2): 197-203
    5. Gustafson, D.L. & Reitmanova, S. (2010). How are we “doing” cultural diversity? A look across English Canadian undergraduate medical school programs. Medical Teacher, 32(10): 816-23
    6. Dogra, N.; Reitmanova, S. & Carter-Pokras, O. (2010). Teaching cultural diversity: current status in U.K., U.S., and Canadian medical schools. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(2 Suppl. Health Disparities Education): 164-68
    7. Dogra, N.; Reitmanova, S. & Carter-Pokras, O. (2009). Twelve tips for teaching diversity and embedding it in medical curriculum. Medical Teacher, 31(11): 990-93
    8. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2009). Primary mental healthcare information and services for visible minority immigrants in Atlantic Canada: Gaps and opportunities. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(10): 615-23
    9. Reitmanova, S. (2009). Knowledge translation in health research: A novel approach to health sciences education. Medical Education Online, 14:10. http://www.med-ed-online.org/pdf/T0000142.pdf
    10. Reitmanova, S. (2009). “Disease-breeders” among us: Deconstructing race and ethnicity as risk factors of immigrant ill health. Journal of Medical Humanities, 30(3): 183-90
    11. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2009). Mental health needs of visible minority immigrants in a small urban center: Recommendations for policy makers and service providers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 11(1): 46-56
    12. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Saving the Empire: The politics of immigrant tuberculosis in Canada. McGill Journal of Medicine, 11(2): 199-203
    13. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Unequal treatment of international students in Canada: Handling the case of health insurance coverage. College Quarterly, 11(2): n.p. http://www.senecac.on.ca/quarterly/2008-vol11-num02-spring/reitmanova.html
    14. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Health insurance for international students: Taxation without representation. Policy Options, 29(3): 71-4
    15. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Cross-cultural medical education and training. Bratislava Medical Journal, 109(2): 82-7
    16. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2008).“They can’t understand it”: Maternity health and care needs of St. John’s immigrant Muslim women. Maternal and Child Health Journal,12(1): 101-11

Book chapters

  1. Reitmanova, S. (In press). When culture meets mental health: Transforming the professional self. In J. Kachur (ed). Exploring Perspectives in Culture. University of Alberta Press

Book reviews

  1. Reitmanova, S. (2009). Working with Immigrant Women. Issues and Strategies for Mental Health Professionals by Guruge, S. & Collins, E. Journal of Mental Health, 18(2): 186-87
  2. Reitmanova, S. (2009). Wheat and Woman by Binnie-Clarke, G. Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, 33(2): online. http://www.msvu.ca/atlantis/frame/volumes.htm

Letters to the editor

  1. Reitmanova, S. (2009). Immigrant tuberculosis: Beyond screening and surveillance. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 9(10): 584-85
  2. Reitmanova, S. (2008). In search of respect for qualitative research. Qualitative Health Research, 18(5): 718-19
  3. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Equal treatment. University Affairs, 49(2):4

Research reports

  1. Reitmanova S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2007). Concepts and Determinants of St. John’s Immigrants’ Mental Health. Report for Mental Health Decision Makers, Organizations and Services Providers in Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. Reitmanova S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2006). Social Determinants of Mental Health and Well-Being of St. John’s Immigrants. Report for Immigration Policy and Planning Program, Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Conference presentations

  1. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2011). “Refugees and immigrants can be deadly”: The role of the Canadian press in the (re)production of racializing discourses on immigrants’ health status and behaviours. Cities, Connectivity and Creativity. International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 13-17
  2. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2011). “Typhoid Marys in our midst”: Representation of immigrant tuberculosis in the Canadian press. Public Health in Canada: Innovative Partnerships for Action. Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 19-22
  3. Dogra, N.; Reitmanova, S. & Carter-Pokras, O. (2010). Teaching cultural diversity: current status in U.K., U.S., and Canadian medical schools – meeting the common challenges. Seventh National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, Baltimore, USA, October 18-21
  4. Gustafson, D.L. & Reitmanova, S. (2009). Cultural diversity in English Canadian undergraduate medical curricula: Mapping the response to the new LCME requirement. Diversity – Meeting Many Needs. The Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Edmonton, Canada, May 2-6
  5. Reitmanova, S. (2009). Immigrant tuberculosis: Are screening and surveillance the only answers? Reaching the Unreached: Eliminating TB Among Indigenous and Marginalized Populations. International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (North American Region) Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, February 26-28
  6. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Mental Health Determinants and Needs of St. John’s Immigrants – Influencing Change at all Levels. Knowledge in Motion. International Conference, St. John’s, Canada, October 16-18
  7. Reitmanova, S. (2008). The Colour of the White Plague: Constructing the Immigrant Identity in the Canadian Press. Second International Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD)., University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK, July 10-12
  8. Reitmanova, S. (2008). Mental Health Needs of St. John’s Immigrants: Knowledge Transfer Initiative. Bridging Silos. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference. Ottawa, Canada, May 26-28
  9. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2008). “They don’t know anything about it!”: Interviewing St. John’s immigrant Muslim women about their maternity health care needs. “Sexual Health: More Than Just Sex!” First Provincial Conference on Sexual & Reproductive Health, St. John’s, NL, Canada, May 13-14
  10. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2007). Psychotherapy and Prozac Are Not a Solution!: The Mental Health Needs of St. John’s Visible Minority Immigrants. Public Health in Canada: From Politics to the People. Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Annual Conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada, September 16-19
  11. Reitmanova, S. (2007). Disappearance of values in Canadian healthcare: Are market forces to be blamed? Managing Values in Health Care. European Health Management Association (EHMA) Annual Conference, Lyon, France, June 27-29
  12. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2007). Addressing the immigrants’ barriers to the utilization of mental health services in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Advancing Knowledge, Strategy, and Connectedness in Healthcare Across Cultures. National Transcultural Health Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, May 9-11
  13. Reitmanova, S. (2007). Violation of Canada Health Act: The exclusion of international students from the MCP. Aldrich Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, March 3-4
  14. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2006). Promoting mental health and well-being among visible minority immigrants in Canada. Developing Resilience and Strength Across the Life Span. The Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorder. The World Federation of Mental Health 4th World Conference, Oslo, Norway, October 11-13
  15. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2006). Reaching Canadian visible minority immigrants by eliminating their barriers to the utilization of mental health services. Developing Resilience and Strength Across the Life Span. The Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, The World Federation of Mental Health 4th World Conference, Oslo, Norway, October 11-13
  16. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2006). Maternity Health and Care Needs of St. John’s Immigrant Muslim Women. Providing Optimal Health Care in a Multicultural Society Conference, Office of Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, St. John’s, NL, Canada, April 11-13
  17. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2006). Immigrants’ Barriers to Utilizing Mental Healthcare Services in St. John’s, NL. Research Days 2006. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, October 23-24
  18. Reitmanova S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2005). Experiences of St. John’s Immigrant Muslim Women with Maternity Healthcare Services, Their Needs and Barriers – Preliminary Study. Building a Healthier Atlantic Canada through Health Promotion & Prevention Research. Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research Forum Conference, White Point Beach, NS, Canada, October 25-26
  19. Reitmanova, S. & Gustafson, D.L. (2005). Maternity Health Experiences of St. John’s Immigrant Muslim Women. Scientific Days 2005. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, October 24-25

 

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