Dr Higginbottom’s accomplishments during tenure include the truly exemplary development of next generation of healthcare researchers. Her graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are involved in all aspects of research design, implementation, and knowledge transfer. They are included as co-investigators in grant submissions, and supported in their own applications for scholarship or research funding. They are included in peer-reviewed publications, both as co-authors and as lead authors. They receive experience with journal manuscript reviews, conference presentations, and knowledge transfer activities with stakeholders, and are further linked with other researchers as well as knowledge users via Dr. Higginbottom’s own established and developing networks.
During her four year tenure as chair, Dr. Higginbottom has supervised, co-supervised, hosted or mentored nearly 30 individuals from around the world, playing a key role in mentoring and training a new generation of Canadian and global researchers in the area of ethnicity and health. This speaks to her fulfilment of an original commitment articulated in her original Tier H submission to ensure that the success of her Tier II Chair be measured by the *sustainability* of the outlined program in ethnicity and health well beyond her own tenure and career accomplishments. In this she has succeeded most admirably.
In addition to describing tier work and detailing some of her accomplishments, they describe Dr. Higginbottom as “an active, engaged scholar who contributes much to her colleagues, students and Field;” undertakes research that is ” well grounded in current literature, clearly connected to past -research, with tangible and significant goals outlined.,” and demonstrates “careful and rigorous ) attention to detail throughout her scholarly endeavours.” She is described as “already an outstanding, innovative researcher’ who has a “wealth of experience and research acumen” and already has a “very strong local, regional, national reputation,” and is “poised to become a renowned international leader.”
It is a pleasure to write in support of the renewal application of Dr. Gina Higginbottom for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, based on her outstanding performance over the past four years, and the program of research she has set out for the future. She has used the support of the CRC wisely, and has excelled in meeting the objectives she had set out to achieve.
The extensive research relationships she has established; the supervision and mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty colleagues; the research training environment she has fostered; the dissemination of research results not only in academic journals but also, her engagement with policy and practice communities (for example, she has communicated her research results to key stakeholders, including the Minister of Health for Alberta) are, in my view, far beyond what is normally expected from a scholar at this stage of career.
As she has pointed out in her application, “[i}ncreasing ethnocultural diversity demands a cadre of researchers with a unique repertoire of skills, and I am perfectly positioned to facilitate the development of such individuals.”
As I read her proposal, and the description of the institutional environment and commitment, I was indeed convinced that Dr. Higginbottom possesses those outstanding qualities of strong scholarship combined with a commitment to fair and equitable health care for all Canadians, and to mentoring the future generation of researchers; and that she works within an institution that is committed to fostering the work that she does.
The environment for research training that she has established is outstanding, and is allowing her to attract national and international research trainees, thus enriching the pool of future researchers.
It has been a pleasure to review the accomplishments and plans of this candidate. Professor Higginbottom has made extraordinarily good use of her time in the CRC, developing several research projects; presenting and disseminating her work in multiple platforms, collaborating nationally and internationally, training and mentoring students, consulting to policymakers and, of course, publishing in peer-reviewed journals (within and beyond her discipline). Her program of research is in an area that is very important and addresses issues that are being faced across the country. I appreciate her ability to pose research questions that affect clinical practice, service delivery and system resource allocation and challenge what she characterizes as “culturalist explanations” with attention to social determinants of health, social exclusion and social justice. Also of note, she is not focused solely on service recipients, but recognizes the importance of addressing diversity among service providers.
“Gina Higginbottom generously offered wisdom and alternative perspectives that enriched our thinking as we developed our research protocol. Open, willing to learn as well teach, a joy to work with”.
by Constance Newman | Senior Team Leader Gender Equality and Health
“Gina is highly regarded for her multi-cultural and qualitative research, she is an inspirational leader, manager and researcher and therefore a very rare expert.”
Dr Debby M Mazhindu, Instructor at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. (IIQM)
Canadian Institute for Health – Canada Research Chairs renewal reviewers.
I was very fortunate to be mentored by such a giant I owe my academic progress to this BME nurse from Sheffield ??❤
Jan 13, 2019
Angela MIThanks for sharing. Gina is so impressive. Both of you together defines supportive relationship. Collaborative and empathic. Pulling as you climb. Very encouraging.
Dr Nola Ishmael OBE @RealNolaIshmael
@Awoko1 Dear Professor Higginbotom, my name’s Heather and I’m a student at St George’s University, London. As part of the Athena SWAN Students’ Network we’re holding a diversity in healthcare evening. Would you be interested in speaking about your experiences? Thank you!
Such a joyful time . So good to meet up and lunch with Mentees @Awoko1 & @AngelaKnightJa1 today. Ah the memories, the reflections & the stories of growth . Oh yes the food. Did I say we had fun and laughs. Mentees will always have a special place in my life. Feeling blessed.
Dr Nola Ishmael OBE
21 Dec 2018
And you are a good example of those generating it, (the evidence…. ) Gina!
Diversity & Equality @DiversityJnl
7 Dec 2018
Prof. Gina Awoko Higginbottom MBE Retweeted Diversity & Equality
Check the research evidence! Today in @TheLancet busting myths about people on the move. Migrants:
* tend to be young and healthy
* boost economies around the world
* don’t spread infectious disease
Quote – Prof Gina Higginbottom MBE “Evidence challenges impressionistic views!”
At @MyNottingham BME Network Annual Conference today. Hearing from inspiring keynote speaker Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom MBE on her journey.
Gina Higginbottom was appointed as a Visiting Scholar to the Centre for Critical Research in Nursing & Midwifery, at Middlesex University. We wanted to appoint an inspirational BAME Professor of Nursing or Midwifery who would provide mentorship for our nursing and midwifery lecturers. Gina ran three days of seminars, workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions for our staff.
The feedback has been remarkable. Gina is inspirational as well as knowledgeable and well established in professional networks which has been hugely helpful to our staff.
We’d recommend Gina as a mentor and speaker.
Professor Helen T Allan
Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery (CCRNM): Research which aims to understand, uncover, illuminate, and transform nursing and midwifery practice
26 February 2019