Researcher uses knowledge sharing award to put LGBTQ2S+ health research center stage

This fall, a queer-health researcher at Dalhousie University will share the results of her work in the form of a theatrical production, thanks to support from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF).  

In her project “Birthing Relationships and Rural Health Practices: The Experiences of Queer Women and Their Perinatal Care Providers,” Dr. Lisa Goldberg, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University examined how heteronormative practices in healthcare institutions may impact the birthing process for queer identifying women. 

Dr. Goldberg and her colleagues Dr. Megan Aston, Dalhousie University; Dr. Sylvia Burrow, Cape Breton University; and incoming PhD student Jennifer Searle of Dalhousie University interviewed women across the province from LGBQ2S+ communities about their birthing experiences. According to Goldberg, she was motivated to undertake this work because existing research illustrated that “the health outcomes of these communities don’t often compare to their heterosexual counterparts.” 

Dr. Goldberg believes there is lots of potential for health care providers to create environments in their institutions that are more supportive of LGBTQ2S+ needs. “But it takes knowledge of underrepresented communities, and the historical harms that they have experienced, and an understanding of what that entails for your practices moving forward” stated Goldberg.  

NSHRF supports health researchers across Nova Scotia by funding projects that reflect contemporary standards of excellence. Its mission is to contribute to a vibrant, well-balanced health research community that helps to improve health outcomes for Nova Scotians. In the past NSHRF has supported LGBTQ2S+ health research examining barriers to primary care and the importance of patient engagement. In recognition of Pride Week in Halifax, NSHRF is featuring Dr. Goldberg in the latest segment of #ResearchersMatter, a campaign highlighting the work of its funded researchers.

In 2017, Dr. Goldberg was awarded a Knowledge Sharing Support Award (KSSA) to enable her to share her findings with the public. She and her team partnered with local playwright Annie Valentine to create a play which she hopes to stage across the province. 

“We felt it (the play) would reach a broader audience and make research not so esoteric and dry,” explained Goldberg. “We’re really excited about this; when research is made accessible amazing things can happen.” The play will also feature actors who identify as LGBTQ2S+. “It was very important that all actors be a member of queer communities, because this is queer work.” 

The play is scheduled to debut in Halifax this fall. 

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Media Contact: Emily Faulkner,Communications Officer, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Tel: 902-497-2699,


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