My program of research focuses on questions of how to align knowledge, intention, and action for health equity. I am a mother, artist, sister, friend, and care-giver—a Canadian woman of mixed ancestry whose heartstrings are tied to the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. My maternal grandmother was Plains Cree, and my grandfather, Irish. My paternal grandfather is Quebecois and Jewish, and my grandmother was German. The stories of my family reflect those of Canada in the twentieth century, of different cultures blending together through marriage and navigating the family-level impacts of colonization.
My clinical foundations are in critical care/emergency and street outreach. I completed a Master of Science in Community Health & Epidemiology in 2006 (University of Saskatchewan) and doctoral studies in 2019 at the University of British Columbia under a Banting & Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, for which my research extended a decade of research and practice in knowledge translation with a focus on advancing health equity. I have been a member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research since 2004, and currently co-chair the University Advisory Council which represents 29 institutional members from across Canada. I was the Principal Investigator for the multi-year Gathering Perspectives Studies that led to the creation of the equity-centred CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research (available here: www.ccghr.ca/resources/principles-global-health-research/) and the lead on a series of publications contributing to national dialogue about Canada’s role in global health research.
Bachelor of Nursing, University of Calgary
Advanced Critical Care Nursing Graduate Certificate, Mount Royal College
Master of Science (Community Health & Epidemiology), University of Saskatchewan
Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary), University of British Columbia
PhD Student Researcher of the Year, 2019 (University of British Columbia Okanagan)
Master’s Award in Applied Population & Public Health, 2007 (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Public Health Association, & Public Health Agency of Canada)
My research focuses on practices for connecting knowledge to action for health equity. I ground my work in equity-centred principles, critical pedagogy, and relational theory. I use dialogue and arts-informed methods to bring people together to grapple with complex ideas in ways that cultivate mutual understanding, reciprocity, and shared pathways forward.
I currently teach in global health, with frequent guest lectures in global and public health, health equity, and knowledge translation. I offer workshops and advanced training in health equity and equity-centred research and knowledge translation.
- Health equity
- Integrated knowledge translation
- Global/public health
- Rural health
- Health systems
- Dialogic methods
- Arts-informed approaches
- Methods of engagement and inclusion
Building an Evidence- and Equity-Informed Agenda for Rural Health Research (PI: MSFHR, funder): Uses dialogue and broad engagement to bring perspectives together in articulating an agenda to guide investments in rural health research in BC.
“There and Back Again” (PI; MSFHR, funder): Explores narratives of how people living and working in rural communities get back home after leaving to receive care in a referral centre.
Cultivating Youth Resiliency for Mental Health–the CLARITY Project (Co-PI; Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, funder): Uses dialogue and collage-making to examine the community-based supports young people (and the caring adults around them) need to foster resilience and contribute to suicide prevention
Harmonized Health Impact & Partnership Metrics (Co-I; Canadian Partnership for Women & Children’s Health, funder): Introduces principles of equity into the process considerations of global health research partnerships, with a particular interest in identifying ways to support people in understanding how their partnerships are working from the different perspectives of people involved
Migrant Workers Study (Co-I; Vancouver Foundation, funder): Interventional study looking at the impact of supporting migrant workers’ navigation of healthcare systems, including providing training and information to healthcare providers.
Consensus Methods in Integrated Knowledge Translation (Co-PI; BC Support Unit, funder): Examines the evidence supporting different consensus methods. My role involves a particular focus on methods of inclusion, using dialogue and arts-informed approaches.
Plamondon, K., Battersby, L., Black, A.T., Creighton, G., Hoens, A.M., & Young, W. (2020). Connecting knowledge and action in complex health systems. Evidence & Policy. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/ep/pre-prints/content-evidpold1900072;jsessionid=w4pknjya092b.x-ic-live-03
Plamondon, K. (2020). A tool to assess alignment between knowledge and action for health equity. BMC Public Health. Available at: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-020-8324-6
Plamondon, K. (2020). Reimagining researchers in health research. A response to: Bowen S, Botting I, Graham ID, et al. Experience of health leadership in partnering with university- based researchers in Canada – a call to “re-imagine” research. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2019;x(x):x–x. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2019.66 Available at: https://www.ijhpm.com/?_action=articleInfo&article=3742&vol=0
Caxaj, C.S., & Plamondon, K. (2020). Nurses’ Role in Improving Healthcare Access and Outcomes for Migrant Agricultural Workers. Canadian Nurse. March. https://canadian-nurse.com/en/articles/issues/2020/march-2020/nurses-role-in-improving-health-care-access-for-migrant-agricultural-workers
Plamondon, K., Caxaj, S., Graham, I.D., & Bottorff, J. (2019). Connecting knowledge with action for health equity: A critical interpretive synthesis of promising practices. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18(202). doi:10.1186/s12939-019-1108-x. Available at: https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-019-1108-x
Plamondon, K.M. and Bisung, E. (2019) The CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research: Centering equity in research, knowledge translation, and practice. Social Science & Medicine. 239 pp. 5 pages. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112530.
Plamondon, K. and Pemberton, J. (2019) Blending integrated knowledge translation with global health governance: A novel approach for wicked problems. Health Research Policy and Systems T[online]. 17 (24), pp. 10 pages. Available from: https://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12961-019-0424-3.
Dutton, S., Davison, C. M., Malla, M., Bartels, S., Collier, K., Plamondon, K., & Purkey, E. (2019). Biographical Collage as a Tool in Inuit Community-Based Participatory Research and Capacity Development. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1609406919877307.
Plamondon, K., Bottorff, J.L., Caxaj, C.S. & Graham, I. (2018). The Integration of Evidence from the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the field of Health Equity: A scoping review. Critical Public Health: 14 pages. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2018.1551613
Plamondon, K. M.,& Caxaj, C. S. (2018). Toward relational practices for enabling knowledge-to-action in health systems: The example of deliberative dialogue. Advances in Nursing Science. 41(1): 12 pages. Published ahead of print: Feb 2017.
Brisbois, B. & Plamondon, K. (2018). The possible worlds of global health research: A discourse analysis of normative documents. Social Science & Medicine.196(Supp C): 142-149.
Graham, I. D., Kothari, A., & McCutcheon, C. and on behalf of the Integrated Knowledge Translation Research Network. (2018). Moving knowledge into action for more effective practice, programmes and policy: protocol for a research programme on integrated knowledge translation. Implementation Science. 13(1): 22. All authors (Ian D. Graham, Anita Kothari, Chris McCutcheon, Donna Angus, Davina Banner, Tracey Bucknall, Sandra Dunn, Michelle Gagnon, Wendy Gifford, Christina Godfrey, Bev Holmes, Tanya Horsley, Alison M. Hutchinson, Janet Jull, Susan Law, Martha MacLeod, Robert K.D. McLean, Kelly Mrklas, Tram Nguyen, Katrina Plamondon, Jo Rycroft-Malone, Shannon L Sibbald, Kathryn M. Sibley, Dawn Stacey, David Kenneth Wright, Euson Yeung) reviewed, critically revised and approved the final version of the manuscript.
Plamondon, K. & Hatfield, J. (2017). Using Dialogue-based methods to create normative principles for global health research. Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2.http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526423368
Plamondon, K.,Walters, D., Campbell, S., & Hatfield, J. (2017). Promoting equitable global health research: A policy analysis of the Canadian funding landscape. Health Research Systems & Policy. 15(72): 14 pages.
Brisbois, B., Davison, C., Di Ruggiero, E., Hanson, L., Janes, C., Larson, C., Nixon, S., Plamondon, K., & Stime, B. (2016). Corporate sponsorship of global health research: Questions to promote critical thinking about potential funding relationships. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(4); e390-392.
Oelke, N., Plamondon, K., & Mendel, D. (2016). Using dialogic methods as a participatory knowledge translation approach to promote integration of nurse practitioners in primary healthcare settings. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership, 29(3):72-81.
Plamondon, K. M., Bottorff, J. L., & Cole, D. C. (2015). Analyzing data generated through deliberative dialogue: Bringing knowledge translation into qualitative analysis. Qualitative Health Research,25(11):1529-39.doi: 1049732315581603.
Dr. Plamondon is available to supervise MSN thesis and non-thesis, PhD students in Nursing, and IGS Master’s and PhD students.