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Reimer-Kirkham’s research program focuses on social justice and pluralism in healthcare and nursing education. A current funded research project (funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) examines religion, spirituality, culture, gender and place in home health care. Findings from this study demonstrate inconsistency and uncertainty about religious accommodation in home health, and yet many healthcare providers and clients find ways to create “sacred spaces” during their interactions. Reimer-Kirkham recently presented findings from this research at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa as part of the God(s): A user’s guide exhibition. The relevance of religion and spirituality to health and healthcare services is also a focus of her involvement with a team of nurses and nurse researchers for a project on a palliative approach for people with chronic life-limiting conditions (Initiative for a Palliative Approach: Evidence and Leadership (iPANEL) see www.ipanel.ca). Her co-edited book, Religion, religious ethics, and nursing (together with colleagues Marsha Fowler, Rick Sawatzky, and Elizabeth Johnston Taylor) was featured at a recent international conference on Religion and Ethics in Pluralistic Healthcare Contexts (May 10 – 12th, 2012, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.).