I am the principal investigator for the Health and Immigration Policies and Practices (HIPP) Research Program. My current program of research seeks to bridge the gaps between immigration policy and health policy and practices. Although I am largely a qualitative researcher, I employ diverse methodological approaches. I have conducted studies using case study methodology, critical ethnography, participatory action research, quantitative analysis of large data sets, metasynthesis, and scoping reviews. My research is largely situated within the critical social paradigm. In the past, I have used transnationalism, transnational feminist, intersectionality, and postcolonial feminist lens in my research projects. My current research is in the following areas:
- Health and well-being of temporary foreign workers
African immigrant health and well being
Immigrant child and youth health
- The mental health of immigrants in Canada
International nurse migration
I am particularly interested in how the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and immigration status influence the health of vulnerable migrant groups in Canada as well as the policy and practice implications. To effectively tackle the complex issues related to migration and health, I often work within interprofessional teams. In the past, I have collaborated with individuals with background in women's studies, education, political science, anthropology, sociology, social policy, pediatrics, epidemiology, public health, dentistry, demography, and statistics as well as immigrant health and social service agencies. I am currently leading a network of researchers from nine countries focused on African child well being in the context of migration and displacement. In addition, I have an interest in global health research, especially in West Africa.
Current Funded Research Projects
- Salami, B., Ani-Amponsah, M., Kwankye, S., Richter, S., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Vallianatos, H., Fouche, C., Mazzucato, V., Sibeko, L., Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Gommaa, H., Lavin, T., & Abimbola, S. (2019 to 2022). African child migration in circumstances of vulnerability: Developing a research partnership and network. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant. $200,000
- Salami, B., (PI); Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Richter, S., Fouche, C., Ani-Amponsah, M., Kwankye, S. O., Lavin, T., Mazzucato, V., Fairbrother, H., Thompson, J., Hunter, J., Abimbola, S., Sibeko, L., Nelson, L., Gomma, H., Ndikom, C., & Iwuagwu, S. (Jan 2019 to Dec 2019). African child and youth well being in the context of migration and displacement. Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Grant. 25,511 pounds
- Salami, B., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Scott, S., Yohani, S., Vallianatos, H., Islam, B., Nsaliwa, C., Urichuk, L., Salma, J., & Alaazi, D. (2018 to 2019). A participatory action research project to promote the mental health of African immigrant children in Alberta: A pilot project. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Bridge Funding. $40,000.
- St-Amant, O., Vahabi, M., Fung, K., Salami, B. & Wong, J. (June 2018 to 2019). Promoting mental health of migrant caregivers in Canada. Canadian Institute of Health Research Planning and Dissemination Grant. $7,000
- Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salami, B., Yohani, S., Frishkopf, M., Dei, G., Creese, G., & Shizha, E. (2018 to 2021). African immigrant and refugee families’ resilience in transnational contexts: A Pan African Collaboration for Excellence (PACE) Research Agenda. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies Research Cluster Grant. $70,000
- Salami, B., Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Salma, J., Samuel, B., Jackson M., Harvey-Blankenship, M. (2018 to 2020). A participatory action research project to promote the mental health of African, Black and Caribbean youths in Alberta. PolicyWise for Children and Families. $40,000
- Salami, B. (PI), Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Sharifzadeh-Amin, M., Yohani, S., & Ladha, T. (2018 to 2019). Access to healthcare for immigrant children in Alberta. Killam Cornerstone Grant. $48,750.
- Salami, B. & Salma, J. (Jan 2018 to Dec 2018). Identifying the needs for healthy ageing in Muslim immigrant communities in Edmonton. University of Alberta Endowment Fund for the Future Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Research Fund. EFF-SAS. $5,000
- Dahlan, R., Amin, M., Kornerup, T., Saltaji, H., & Salami, B. (2018 to 2019). Caries experience and oral health behaviors of immigrant children in the context of acculturation and social support. Oral Health Community Engagement Fund (OHCEF), University of Alberta. $5,000.
- Amin, M., Riedy, C. A., Salami, B. Dahlan, R., & Chiu, Y. (2017 to 2019). Oral health of immigrants’ children in context of acculturation and social support. Alliance for Cavity Free Future Canada-United States 2017 Interprofessional Grant. $25,000
- Salami, B. (PI), Meherali, S., Senthilselvan, A., Georgaiades, K., Yohani, S., Diaz, E., Hegadoren, K., Toosi, A., Begashaw, L., Sandowicz, A. (2017 to 2020). Mental health of immigrant children in Canada: Evidence from the Canadian Health Measures Survey and Parent Interviews in Alberta. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Innovation Grant. $50,000
- Salami, B. (PI), Foster, J. (Co-I), Vallianatos, H. (Co-I), Okeke-Ihejirika, P. (Co-I), Piper, N. (Collaborator), Luciano, M. (Collaborator), & Juen, J. (Collaborator). (2017 to 2020). Migration and precarity: From the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to permanent resident, student and undocumented migrant status. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. $197,145. Matching fund from Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. An additional $3,000
- Okeke-Ihejirika, P. (PI), Salami, B., Yohani, S. (2017 to 2020). Transforming gender relations among African immigrants in Alberta - A participatory action study. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. $201,981. Matching fund from Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. An additional $3,000
- Santos-Salas, A., Bablitz, C., Duggleby, W., Watanabe, S., & Salami, B. (2017 to 2019). Symptom relief and palliative care for inner city populations in Edmonton: A pilot intervention. MSI Foundation Research Grant. $100,000
- Luhmann, S. (PI), Dorow, S. (PI), Harder, L. (PI), & Hurley, N. (PI), Bear, T., Salami, B., Da Costa, D., Davidson, J., Hughes, K., Hurd, P., Naomi, K., Mumtaz, Z., Peers, D., Rein, S. (2017 to 2020). Building research at the intersection of gender. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies Research Cluster Grant. $90,000.
- Thompson, J., Fairbrother, H., Curtis, J., Kilkey, M., John-Langba, J., De-Graft Aikins, A., Salami, B., Spencer, G., Cavanagh, S. J., Choi, S. Y. P. (Jan 2017 – Dec 2017). Hidden voices: Exploring the health experiences of children who migrate. Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund. £ 36,298 pounds
- Okeke-Ihejirika, P., Irinoye, O., Salami, B., Oriola, T. & Obiefune, M. (Feb 2017 to Dec 2017). A pilot study on the experiences of and support services needs of internally displaced persons and host communities in Nigeria. Kule Institute for Advanced Studies. $6,997.
- Bruce, A., Salami, B. & Guilcher, G. M. (2016 to 2019). (AD)olescents (P)ath through (T)ransplant (S)ickle cell disease (ADaPTS). Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Innovation Grant. $50,000
- Santos Salas, A., Duggleby, W., Watanabe, S., & Salami, B. (2016 to 2018). Symptom relief needs and preferences of low income residents with advanced cancer: A case study. University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Maurice and Edna Marie Minton Endowment Fund for Cancer Nursing Research. $10,000.
- Hegadoren, K., Pitre, N., Lasiuk, G., Salami, B. (2015 to 2018). A research partnership to investigate domestic violence experienced by immigrant women. Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. $47,480.