Voices in Health: June 18, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 PM



Title: The Disease Burden of Mental Illness and Substance Use in North America: Comparing Canada, the USA, and Mexico
Thursday, June 18 2020
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM PT
Location: Connect via Zoom here

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) welcome and invite those interested in the event to attend virtually.


3:00-3:05 : Welcome and Introduction
3:05-3:10: Lecture
3:10-3:55: Seminar
3:55-4:25: Audience Questions
4:25-4:30: Closing



Dr. Daniel Vigo

After obtaining a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, an MD, and a University Specialization in Psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Vigo worked in clinical, research, teaching, and leadership positions across sectors (public hospitals, NGOs, and for-profit organizations). He developed the first Assertive Community Treatment Department in Argentina, a collaboration between Proyecto Suma, King’s College (UK) and Columbia University (US). He obtained his Doctorate at Harvard, where he focused on burden of disease estimation, service improvement, and health systems assessment. He has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reports on public health, health systems, global mental health, psychiatric epidemiology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and e-mental health. Of note, his contribution to improving the estimation of the disease burden caused by mental illness is among the most impactful papers in the field of mental health in recent years. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, an Advisor to PAHO and WHO, and Chair of the Health Services Workgroup of the WHO-World Mental Health Surveys Initiative, among other roles in organizations of national and global standing.



Dr. Joseph Puyat

Dr. Joseph Puyat’s current research focuses on the use of big data analytics and linked, large health administrative databases to examine the treatment and quality gaps in mental health.Previously, he has completed studies on guideline-based care, psychopharmacoepidemiology, and disparities in the use of mental health services. He also collaborates with other researchers and experts who conduct studies on applied physiology, physical activity, sedentary behavior, ageing, and complementary feeding.





Dr. Shekhar Saxena

Dr. Shekhar Saxena is Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A psychiatrist by training, he was in the faculty of AIIMS, New Delhi before he joined World Health Organization (WHO) in 1998. From 2010 to 2018 he was the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. During his leadership WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan was adopted by the World Health Assembly and mental health and wellbeing was included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also led the WHO team to strengthen mental health services in more than 100 countries. Author of more than 300 academic papers, he was an editor of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2018. His expertise includes providing evidence-based advice and technical assistance to policy makers and civil society on mental health promotion and prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. He specializes in mental health consequences of humanitarian emergencies.




Further questions about the event, please contact voices.in.health@spph.ubc.ca


Voices in Health: Future Events – Stay Tuned

The School of Population and Public Health is thrilled to announce a monthly speaker series for the 19/20 academic year called Voices in Health, featuring renowned public and global health experts.

Admission is free to faculty, students and staff.

All events will be held at UBC Point Grey, more details to come!






Past Events & Recordings

April 16, 2020 | Spiritual health in times of crisis: Integrating traditional medicine with the scientific method in Indigenous communities Youtube Video

March 11, 2020 | COVID-19: Contextualizing the Scientific, Political, Societal and Economic ImpactYoutube Video

February 13, 2020 | Indigenous Sovereignty is Sustainability: Public Health, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – Youtube Video

January 20, 2020 | Why Do We Need a Life Course Approach to Address the Cardiovascular Disease Burden Worldwide? – Video Link

September 30, 2019 | Public Health, Law and Climate Change – Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming WorldYoutube Video

October 25, 2019 | Including Equity in Global Health Priority SettingYoutube Video

November 18, 2019 | Developing Canada’s new Food Guide and the Healthy Eating StrategyYoutube Video

December 9, 2019 | HIV and TB Implementation Science: Learning from UgandaYoutube Video