Research Briefings: Trauma and Violence-Informed Approaches

The Flourish Project: Collaborative Approaches for Supporting Survivors

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 22nd | 1:00 – 1:20 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME


Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the development, delivery, and outcomes of the Flourish intervention for survivors of FGM/C in Toronto, Ontario.  The Flourish project aimed to address the support needs of FGM/C survivors within the context of socio-economic and intersectional realities using a community-based participatory lens.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation you will:

  • have a better understanding of the knowledge-to-action cycle and how implementation science is used at the community level;
  • be able to assess barriers identified by participants in the Flourish project and evaluate mitigation strategies for similar programs and initiatives;
  • be able to recognise barriers to care related to the intersections of race, migration and gender.


Tharao-Wangari-2016-120.pngWangari Tharao is the Director of Research and Programs at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH CHC). WHIWH CHC provides primary healthcare to racialized women from the African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.

Wangari is also a recognized community-based researcher, focusing on sexual and reproductive health issues relevant to racialized women living in Canada. She utilizes knowledge generated through research to develop evidence-based interventions and works collaboratively with service delivery organizations to support their integration into services targeted to diverse women and their communities.

She is currently the North American Co-Chair of the UNAIDS NGO Delegation Program Coordinating Board (PCB) and is a co-founder of several local, provincial, national and international networks including, the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC) and the African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS (ABDGN).