Health After 2020

Our understanding of the determinants and experience of health and wellbeing is changing. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated some existing trends and put a spotlight on others. We are now faced with the challenge of responding to the broad effects of the pandemic. We also have an opportunity to think differently about how we define and value health, how we understand the complex systems that produce health, and how we rise to the challenge of supporting equity in health across individuals, communities, and societies. 

Health After 2020 is UBC Health's response to this opportunity. It is designed to support new interdisciplinary collaborations which may lead to new research programs and engagement with policymakers and communities. The initiative convenes and informs people at this inflection point in our society through academic outputs, cross-campus conversations, and public lectures resulting from the new collaborations.

Funding opportunity

Health After 2020 will offer funding of up to $10,000 for a UBC faculty member who is interested in starting or extending a collaborative relationship with a scholar or collaborator from outside UBC.

Each accepted proposal will represent a cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration that will: 

  • Produce some form of academic output, e.g. a white paper, journal article, popularized version of current knowledge on a topic, grant application 
  • Facilitate a more in-depth inward-facing interaction with faculty and learners at both campuses of UBC 
  • Deliver a public lecture*

*The public lecture portion will be planned with and supported by UBC Health and delivered as part of the broader Health After 2020 series. Each public lecture will result in the following, which will be hosted on the UBC Health website:

  • A recorded video of the public lecture 
  • A short (< 5 minute) video interview to discuss the main points of that lecture 
  • A one-page summary of key points and a list of resources 


The call for proposals for Health After 2020 will open to faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in mid-July.

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Inaugural Public Lecture 

We invite you to the launch of Health After 2020 on July 14, 2021 which will include an overview of the initiative and an inaugural public lecture. The presenters have been engaged in a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary research collaboration. 

Looking back and moving forward: Supporting health after 2020
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm

Great moments in history often spur equally great changes in society. We will likely look back on 2020 as one of these great moments. The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on a number of existing societal issues, accelerated the pace of change in others, and created some new ones, too. For example, concerns about the quality and safety of long-term care services are not new, but they certainly became more apparent to a far larger number of people during 2020. The speed and starkness of changes such as this—but far beyond this as well—create an opportunity and motivation to reassess our understanding of health. Perhaps more importantly, it is an opportunity to reduce inequities in who has access to and who uses and benefits from the resources that promote health and wellbeing. The Health After 2020 series is UBC Health’s contribution to making sure we seize this opportunity. Read about the speakers.


Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon.

Online registration closes Monday, July 12 at 12 pm. After this time, please email to register.