24 September 2018
Sitting in a boardroom at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Tina Nash remembers the daunting process of creating her thesis, entitled “Life in the Shadows”.
The project examined the role HIV-status plays when it comes to the decisions that Indigenous women living with HIV make surrounding their reproductive health and whether to have a child. To put together her thesis, Nash conducted semi-structured, in-depth interviews with three Indigenous women living with HIV.
“The depth and breadth of what they brought to those interviews was just so powerful for me and it spoke a lot to the things that women who are diagnosed with HIV actually face,” says Nash, a health promotion facilitator of the Indigenous mental health program with Alberta Health Services.
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