|Monday, March 28, 2011|
|CIHR and CMAJ recognize Dr. Annalee Yassi for one of six top achievements in Canadian health research|
|The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recently acknowledged six top achievements in Canadian health research that have had a significant impact on health, health care and health research. These achievements work to improve our understanding of health and human diseases, help tackle health challenges, and improve our health care system.|
Dr. Annalee Yassi, a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, Regional Director of Infection Control at Vancouver Coastal Health, and Professor of Medicine at UBC, were awarded for their collaboration between infection control and occupational health. They developed a collaborative research and training team whose work has changed practice and policy in infection control in Canada and many other countries.
Drs. Yassi and Bryce produced internationally endorsed guidelines, training products (both online and face-to-face), checklists, research materials, frameworks and a web-based health information system. Resulting changes to practice and policy in infection control, such as improved use of personal protective equipment for health workers, have occurred in Canada and many other countries, as well as in leading international organizations. Most importantly, they have shown that collaboration between occupational health and infection control can be achieved and can result in meaningful outcomes.
For the second year, a peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts selected the winners based on the considerable impact of their work on the health and wellbeing of Canadians and others worldwide. Achievements in four categories are eligible for the award: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population and public health.
More details on the six award winners:
CIHR news release
|Wednesday, March 16, 2011|
|Nicci Bartley wins Faculty of Medicine health promotion award for SPPH Bike Share program|
|Nicci Bartley, a Research Assistant in the School of Population and Public Health, is one of two recipients of the Faculty of Medicine’s 2011 Awards for Initiatives in Promoting Healthy Faculty, Staff and Learners. The award recognizes Bartley's initiative in starting up and securing funding for the SPPH Bike Share program.|
The UBC Faculty of Medicine offers the annual awards to recognize individuals or groups of students, trainees, faculty or staff who have demonstrated leadership in providing activities or programs that create or support healthy lifestyles and working environments. These awards are intended to provide encouragement, recognition and a financial prize of $750 to innovators in this area who are members of the provincial Faculty of Medicine (students, trainees, faculty and staff).
Through Bartley’s successful application to the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment’s Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund in the spring of 2010, SPPH received $4,028 to purchase four folding bicycles and safety gear. The bikes are available for faculty and staff to borrow to get around campus for meetings or breaks. The program launched in the summer of 2010 after SPPH moved into its new building.
Bartley will receive the award at the Faculty of Medicine Annual Awards Reception at the University Golf Club on May 31, 2011.
|Tuesday, March 08, 2011|
|SPPH Faculty receive national Population and Public Health Research Milestone Awards|
|The Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH), in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), recently announced the winners of the inaugural Population and Public Health Research Milestones Initiative. The research milestones have significantly contributed to the public's health in Canada and globally; they are relevant to at least one of the 12 CPHA achievements or to another population and public health priority; they demonstrate originality in addressing a public health problem; they have led to significant improvements in health and/or health equity; and, they have influenced research, policy and/or practice. |
SPPH Professors Morris Barer, Clyde Hertzman, and colleagues including Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Faculty member Robert Evans were recognized for their book, Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? The Determinants of Health of Populations. This book represented a milestone in our evolving understanding of the determinants of population health. Building on Marc Lalonde's earlier A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians, it created a theoretical framework that could incorporate emerging evidence from a wide range of disciplines. Central to its authors' approach was the observation of heterogeneity, the systematic differences in health observed when populations are partitioned on characteristics such as income, education, geographic region, etc.
SPPH Assoc. Prof. Jerry Spiegel and Prof. Annalee Yassi and their colleagues were recognized for their Ecosystem Approaches to Health project, which arose in the 1990s. Canada's International Development Research Centre played a lead role in supporting an international community of scientists and scholars who advanced ecosystem approaches to health. These collective efforts have enabled a shift to a research paradigm that embraces transdisciplinarity, social justice, gender equity, multi-stakeholder participation and sustainability.
SPPH Associate Members, Drs. Evan Wood and Thomas Kerr were recognized for developing Canada's Research Base for Harm Reduction and Health Equity Approaches to HIV Prevention and Control. Their research on harm reduction and health equity related to HIV vulnerability and outcomes has informed and shaped: 1) the establishment of North America's first supervised injection facility, Insite, located in Vancouver's Downtown East Side neighborhood; 2) dramatic changes to Vancouver's needle exchange policies; 3) HIV treatment approaches among injection drug using populations (IDU). Drs. Jeannie Shoveller (SPPH Professor), Kora DeBeck (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) and Julio Montaner (BCCfE HIV/AIDS) nominated Drs. Kerr and Wood based on a large body of scientific evidence generated by them and their collaborators at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS as well as research collaborations undertaken elsewhere in Canada and internationally.
The award winners were announced at the CPHA Public Health Expo in Ottawa in January. The winners received certificates for their achievements. For more details on these projects and the awards, visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/42882.html
|Friday, March 04, 2011|
|Congratulations to Meghan Winters|
|Meghan Winters presented an excellent defence of her thesis: Improving Public Health through Active Transportation: Understanding the Influence of the Built Environment on Decisions to Travel by Bicycle.|