Awards for Health Educators, Professionals + Community Partners

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These awards are open to health educators, professionals, and community partners in health who have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare education and practice. Nominees may be from or outside of the University of British Columbia. Nominations must be supported by at least two nominators.

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Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Award

Health is produced by a complex interplay of individual, social, political, and economic factors and influenced by ongoing developments in technology, such as AI and big data, as well as emergent global threats like climate change and pandemics. The Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards are intended to catalyze health researchers to undertake innovative, possibly risky activities that have the potential to create change. The HIFI Awards acknowledge and support cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Awards of $10,000 to $25,000 will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to launch, develop, or translate innovative health-related research.


John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award

The John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award recognizes outstanding mentorship by faculty members at any stage in their academic career, in any of UBC’s health-related disciplines, who have formally been identified as mentors, and who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of faculty colleagues, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the early stages of their academic careers.

Established by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in honour of Dean Emeritus John McNeill, this prestigious award is valued at $10,000.


John F. McCreary Prize for Interprofessional Teamwork

The McCreary Prize was created to recognize and promote interprofessional teamwork in the health and human service professions. The award is named after Dr. John F. McCreary, the first Coordinator of Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia. It is intended to draw attention to Dr. McCreary’s vision of interprofessional collaboration in clinical work and education and the value of a team approach in meeting the health care needs of British Columbians. The first McCreary Prize was awarded in 1994.

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Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching

The Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching honours an outstanding educator or teaching team that demonstrates effective teaching of interprofessional competencies to health profession students in the classroom setting, that support excellence in the delivery of patient-centred care.

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Practice Education Award

The Practice Education Award honours an individual or health care team that provides outstanding interprofessional collaborative patient-centred education in the practice setting for pre-entry to practice-level students.

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Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Professional Development

The Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Professional Development honours an outstanding individual or health care team that promotes professional development in the areas of collaborative teaching among different health care professionals and/or collaborative patient-centred practice to support excellence in the delivery of patient-centred care.

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R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award

Named after long-time community educator, R. Paul Kerston, this annual award was established in 2014 to honour outstanding community educators who have made a difference to student learning at UBC.

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UBC Health Scholarships are also available for current UBC students in a health or human services degree program

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Meet the recipients of the 2020 UBC Health Awards

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