Goal: To engage UBC’s Okanagan campus and the Kelowna community in efforts to decrease health disparities and improve the well-being of marginalized and diverse populations in B.C.’s Interior.
Quote: “I’ve seen the excitement and energy in the eyes of seniors who were trained to take blood pressure on other seniors. I’ve seen Australian Aboriginal communities devastated after researchers wrapped up their randomized controlled trials and went home, leaving inhabitants suddenly bereft of resources and support. I’ve seen students’ fear and aversion to the elderly dissipate through the experience of working and learning with them. These experiences that impassioned me to learn from, and work with, community members to improve their well-being. As Director of SMP student research, I can combine my passion for working alongside communities while engaging students and faculty in learning and research. We are mobilizing inter-professional Wellness Action Teams for Community Health (WATCH-BC teams), made up of students and faculty members, link curricular needs with community-identified public health needs.”