SPPH Exchange

All SPPH and interdisciplinary students, alumni, faculty, and affiliates are invited to attend the SPPH Exchange.

Please note, you will need to enter an email and password of your choice to be taken through to registration.
The theme for the Exchange is: “Informed Action: Think Globally. Act Locally.”

The Exchange will be held:

March 3, 2017
1:00 – 6:00 pm

The day will commence with a series of participatory workshops and a keynote speech.

The Exchange will finish with a student social and poster session which will offer all SPPH students and alumni the opportunity to showcase and receive feedback on any practicum or research work (proposed, in progress or completed). Expert faculty members and external reviewers, including members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will be present to provide feedback to students. Submissions are strongly encouraged, with a deadline of February 10th, and a number of small prizes for the best posters will be awarded on the day.

Keynote speech:

‘Wicked Problems and the Integration Imperative: Reflections on why integrating knowledge to address complex issues can be so hard, and why we should do it anyway’

Those who engage with complex public health, environmental and social equity issues, are increasingly encountering the challenge of ‘wicked problems’. This presentation will foster an appreciation of what makes problems ‘wicked’, as well as the ‘integration imperative’ these problems present us with across global, regional and local scales. Informed by two decades of stubborn interest in addressing both the ecological and social determinants of health, I will explore the challenges and contributions of integrative efforts such as ecohealth and ecosocial approaches to health, and will focus on the specific example of cumulative impacts, especially as it relates to the environmental, community and health impacts of multiple natural resource developments. Lessons will be shared from northern British Columbia, Canada and across the Oceania region, providing insights into the inevitability of complexity, and the rich learning opportunities that this provides for us to be better together.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Margot Parkes (MBChB, MAS, PhD). Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society;
Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, UNBC

Margot Parkes is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her work probes our understanding of the environment as a context for health, and explicitly integrates social and ecological determinants of health. The integrative orientation of her work has been consistently informed by Indigenous knowledge and leadership in Oceania and the Americas, and next-generation teaching and learning approaches that bridge health, ecological and social concerns. She has contributed to the emerging field of ecohealth, including as past-President of the ‘International Association for Ecology & Health’ and co-founder of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health.

Schedule of Events

Time Event Venue
12:00-1:00 Registration SPPH Lobby
1:00-2:00 Keynote Speech
‘Wicked Problems and the Integration Imperative: Reflections on why integrating knowledge to address complex issues can be so hard, and why we should do it anyway’
Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
2:00-2:30 Coffee and tea break SPPH Lobby
2:30-4:00 Workshops

Panelists: Dr. Matilda van den Bosch, Dr. Kay Teschke, Dr. Chris Carlsten

Dr. Matilda van den Bosch, 'Urban nature and public health – pathways and outcomes'

As cities grow and densify, urban green and blue spaces become increasingly important for health and wellbeing. Urban nature provides cultural ecosystem services, such as opportunities for stress amelioration and physical activity, as well as regulating ecosystem services by for example preventing heat stress in hot climates. This presentation will give an overview of the relation between nature and public health, including suggestions for future research areas.

Dr. Kay Teschke, 'Bicycling, helmets, & ethics in injury prevention'

In English-speaking countries, most bicycling safety research has examined the efficacy of helmets in mitigating head injuries after a crash and methods to promote helmet use. Public health and injury prevention agencies have used the results of these studies to focus safety efforts on promotion of helmet use and legislation. This talk will examine primary vs. secondary injury prevention, and the potential unintended consequences of missing the broader context of bicycling safety and health.

Dr. Chris Carlsten, 'Personalized health and inhaled exposures: the future or folly?'

Personalized approaches to biomedical concerns are conceptually attractive, and popular in both professional and lay circles, but remain largely unsubstantiated and heavily focused on treatment relative to prevention. That treatment is a focus of the promise of personalized “medicine” is logical both due to market forces and to the existing framework where the few successes have been in the individualistic framework. This talk will lay out the tension between the existing personalized paradigm, typically applied late in the process of disease pathogenesis, and the home for leverage to public health and prevention.

Panelists: Kaylee Byers, Dr. Julian Davies, Dr. William Bowie

The emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria threatens a pillar of modern healthcare, antibiotics. Discovering antibiotics was revolutionary. Treatment of bacterial diseases opened the door for further improvements in human and animal wellbeing. Nowadays, antibiotic use can be found in human, veterinary and plant agriculture sectors. As such, antibiotic resistance is the classic One Health problem. With increasing human travel, the globalization of the food system, and increasing movement of livestock and agricultural produce, antibiotic resistance is a global burden. This workshop will take an intersectoral approach to understanding and addressing antibiotic resistance.

Speaker: Michele A Sam

"VALID ?!?!? Research: Engaging Community Perspectives, Questions and Vision" is offered as an overview of research for self-development, introducing the audience to pre-engagement ethics as intellectual sovereignty and cognitive justice issues; current research “already in process and progress within First Nations communities across Canada” through Comprehensive Community Planning and Indigenous Peoples restoration of peoplehood through expressed "Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action" as place based, language and culturally grounded research and knowledge translation, transformation, transfer and mobilization.


  1. MSL Room 101
  2. SPPH Room B151
  3. SPPH Room 491
4:00-4:30 Break SPPH Lobby
4:00-6:00 Social and Poster Session SPPH Lobby
6:00-8:00 Post-Exchange social Koerner’s Pub


This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) and hosted by The Association of Population and Public Health Students (TAPPHS). It will serve as a networking opportunity to connect previous and current population and public health students, professionals, and SPPH faculty members. Afternoon tea, wine and cheese, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages will be complimentary but pre-registration is essential.

For more information, please contact tapphs.ubc@gmail.com.