SPPH Exchange

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Poster Submission Deadline: February 25th, 2019

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

Research to Reduce Rural Health Inequity

March 1st, 2019
1:00 – 6:00 pm

The day will commence with a keynote speech and panel discussion, followed by a series of participatory workshops.

The Exchange will end 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). Posters submitted previously to other conferences are eligible. A rural health theme is suggested but not mandatory as we would like to showcase all SPPH research. 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 – submit via the registration link above. A number of small prizes for the best posters will be awarded on the day. There will be free printing offered for the first five posters submitted.

Keynote speech: Overcoming real world challenges in health services research: Stories from the Field‘ 

Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102 & Livestream: http://youtube.com/ubcspph1

Keynote Speakers:

Stefan Grzybowski , MD, CCFP, MClSc, FCFP, is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and a family physician with many years of rural clinical experience. He is Director of Research in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and has held a Michael Smith senior scholar award. He has a longstanding interest in rural health services research and building research capacity, both of which are exercised through his current positions as co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research and Director of the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC. Current research foci include the safety of small rural maternity services with and without cesarean section capacity and systems planning of appropriate and sustainable rural health services.
Jude Kornelsen, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice (UBC), co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research and an Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School. Her professional life has been consumed with creating, examining and sharing comprehensive evidence to support rural health planning, particularly in the area of rural maternity care. Key values that underlie this work include recognizing the centrality of citizen patients in the planning process; privileging an expansive definition of evidence from individual, key stakeholder and community experience to scientific evidence and approaching research from an integrated perspective with a strong focus on knowledge translation. Underscoring her work is Dr. Kornelsen’s interest in productive research environments and how interdisciplinary teams can work to capacity with synergy to produce relevant, robust and useful evidence. She lives on Salt Spring with her family and is delighted to spend much of her time traveling to communities in rural BC.


Schedule of Events

Time Event Venue
12:30-1:25 Registration SPPH Lobby

Opening Remarks

Keynote Speech
Overcoming real world challenges in health services research: Stories from the Field

Panel Discussion

Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102



3:05-3:40 Break – (light refreshments) SPPH Lobby


Workshop Lead: Carrie Ann Vanderhoop
The workshop will explore concepts of Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility. Participants will discuss strategies for Indigenous cultural safety approaches to community engagement.

Workshop Leads: Gabby Serafini, CEO of WelTel Inc. & Dr. Richard Lester, Associate Professor at UBC and Chief
Medical Officer of WelTel
WelTel’s core concept is to elevate mobile communication in
the delivery of accessible, low-cost, and patient-centered
long-term management of chronic illnesses. This workshop
will begin with a short presentation about WelTel’s
development – the problems that inspired its founding, and
how and why it works. This will be followed by an interactive
demo of the WelTel mobile app.

Workshop Leads: Dr. Stefan Grybowski, Christine Carthew, Evonne Tran
This workshop will explore the implications of rural British Columbia’s vast geography for data collection and community engagement in health services planning. Evonne Tran, Coordinator from the Rural Health Services Research Network of B.C. will discuss the concept of catchments; an innovative approach to data collection to reflect the realities of rural health services. Christine Carthew, Research Coordinator with the Centre for Rural Health Research, will explore the importance of meaningful engagement with rural and remote communities across B.C. for community- oriented (and useful!) research and the mechanisms for doing this. Christine will explore the health service priorities and needs of rural and remote communities across B.C. that have emerged through these outreach efforts.

Workshop Leads: Dr. Jude Kornelsen, Kira, Anshu
This workshop will explore the efforts of the Building Blocks to Sustainable Rural Maternity Care and Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks projects to inform policy directions in B.C., through consolidating evidence and building effective relationships.
The following themes will be explored in depth:
1) The roles and mechanisms of relationships in developing consensus in policy priorities, including how
to deal with ‘the reluctant participant’
2) The importance of respecting relationships within the pentagram partners and how these manifest in the ‘real world.’


  1. SPPH Room B138
  2. SPPH Room 143
  3. SPPH Room B132
  4. SPPH Room B136
4:30-4:45 Break – (appetizers) SPPH Lobby
4:45-6:00 Poster & Networking Session SPPH Lobby
6:00-8:00 Post-Exchange Social The Gallery (AMS Nest 4th Floor)


This event is sponsored by The Center for Rural Health Research and The Rural Health Services Research Network, 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 expected.

For more information, please contact spph.exchange@gmail.com