Mothers Health Promotion Project looking for immigrant mothers to participate

Immigrant moms and children

Poster for the mothers health promotion project

York University Professor Nazilla Khanlou, the Women’s Health Research Chair in Mental Health, has recently started a community-based study looking at what immigrant mothers of children with developmental disabilities identify as relevant health promotion practices.

With Khanlou as the principal investigator, the research will be conducted in collaboration with co-investigators Karen Yoshida of the University of Toronto, Gail Jones of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Louise Kinross of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitiation Hospital and Luz Maria Vazquez, research coordinator.

Through the study’s findings, the researchers aim to inform service providers and policymakers so that effective health promotion practices for diverse populations can be implemented.

The researchers are currently recruiting for the study:

  • Mothers who have immigrated to Canada,
  • Have one or more children up to age 24 with a developmental disability, and
  • Feel comfortable speaking in English.

Call Luz Maria Vazquez at 416- 736-2100 ext. 44527 or e-mail

What the study is about:

The researchers are interested in finding out about relevant health promotion practices for immigrant mothers of children with developmental disabilities. They will ask mothers they interview what they think helps or hinders their access to health promotion supports and services for themselves.

What your participation means:

Mothers who consent to participate will be interviewed in person at any of the following offices of Kerry’s Place Autism Services:

  • 6660 Kennedy Rd. Unit # 6, Mississauga;
  • 71 West Drive, Unit 28, Brampton; or
  • 244 Lesmill Road, North York.

An honorarium of $30 for the interview will be provided.