Events

UBC Health is pleased to present the following events.

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June 24: Health Data Research Network Webinar

UBC Health recognizes the growing need for research collaborations that address the increasingly complex and interconnected problems facing society. The recent addition of research to the scope of UBC Health illustrates our commitment to addressing these complex challenges by providing a variety of supports to cultivate newly developing ideas, ambitions, and teams while leveraging and extending existing institutional expertise, relationships, and infrastructure at UBC. 

As part of our objective to foster a community of practice for health scholars and students at UBC, Dr. Kim McGrail, Director of Research at UBC Health will deliver a webinar about Health Data Research Network (HDRN) Canada on June 24. 

The virtual presentation will provide an overview of HDRN Canada, how the network operates, and objectives for and progress on their work building the SPOR Canadian Data Platform. The SPOR platform and its data access support hub provide new supports to researchers who are interested in using routinely-collected data for multi-jurisdictional research. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Zoom MEETING

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Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon. Online registration closes on Wednesday, June 23 at 12pm. After this time, please email ubchealth.admin@ubc.ca to register. 

About HDRN

Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2020, Health Data Research Network (HDRN) Canada connects individuals and organizations across the country to share expertise, identify opportunities for collaboration, and foster innovation in ways that respect public expectations and Indigenous data sovereignty. Access to multi-jurisdictional data allows researchers to address health challenges that cross boundaries, leading to advances that help develop innovative solutions and build Canada’s international leadership in the health field. For more information, visit HDRN Canada

About the speaker

Kim McGrail is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC; Scientific Director of Population Data BC and the SPOR Canadian Data Platform; and Director of Research at UBC Health. 

Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation, aging and the use and cost of health services, and the ethical and technical aspects of the development and operation of large linked data systems. Her research is conducted in collaboration with policy and decision makers, clinicians, and the public.

Kim is a founding member of the International Population Data Linkage Network and founding Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science. She was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

As Director of Research for UBC Health, Kim works to initiate and support collaborations among academic and clinical faculty and other stakeholders on relevant translational health research issues, and in partnership with UBC academic leaders and stakeholders, engage them in aligning the use of health data in translational research and in the application of knowledge to health systems.

June 28: UBC Health Awards Celebration

UBC Health is hosting a virtual celebration of the 2019 and 2020 UBC Health Awards and Scholarship recipients.
 
The virtual celebration will include opening remarks by Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Vice-President, Health and awards presentations by Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Associate Vice-President, Health, and members of the UBC Health Senior Leadership Team.

View the list of award and scholarship recipients who will be recognized at this event.

Monday, June 28, 2021
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Zoom MEETING

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Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon. Online registration closes on Thursday, June 24 at 3 pm. After this date, please email ubchealth.admin@ubc.ca to register.
About The Awards

The UBC Health Awards are offered annually by UBC Health to recognize individuals and teams who embody excellence in interprofessional collaboration, health education, and research and have made significant contributions to the advancement of health education and practice. 

July 14: Health After 2020 Launch and Public Lecture

UBC Health is launching Health After 2020 with an inaugural public lecture.

Looking back and moving forward: Supporting health after 2020
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Zoom MEETING

Register

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon. Online registration closes on Monday, July 12 at 12 pm. After this date, please email ubchealth.admin@ubc.ca to register.
About The LECTURE

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.

About the Speakers 

Kim McGrail
Kim McGrail is Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC; Scientific Director of Population Data BC and the SPOR Canadian Data Platform; and Director of Research at UBC Health. 

Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation, aging and the use and cost of health services, and the ethical and technical aspects of the development and operation of large linked data systems. Her research is conducted in collaboration with policy and decision makers, clinicians, and the public. 

Kim is a founding member of the International Population Data Linkage Network and founding Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science. She was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. 

As Director of Research for UBC Health, Kim works to initiate and support collaborations among academic and clinical faculty and other stakeholders on relevant translational health research issues, and in partnership with UBC academic leaders and stakeholders, engage them in aligning the use of health data in translational research and in the application of knowledge to health systems.

Jeffrey Morgan
Jeffrey Morgan is a Vanier Scholar and PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. He is affiliated with the BC Centre on Substance Use, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and Community-Based Research Centre. His research uses community-based and participatory approaches that meaningfully involve community members and patient partners at every step of the research process, particularly on projects that advance health equity for people who use substances and sexual minority people. Jeffrey’s PhD research seeks to validate and utilize health administrative data in the context of substance use in order to better understand our system of addiction care.

Arjumand Siddiqi
Arjumand Siddiqi is a social epidemiologist and Professor and Division Head of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity. She also holds cross appointments in Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Toronto, as well as an adjunct appointment at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. 

Her research centres on understanding why health inequalities are so pervasive and persistent, and what can be done about this, with an emphasis on the role of societal conditions (policy, politics, economy, and so on). In recent years, she has focused on (a) evaluating of the impact of specific social policies on population health and health inequalities, (b) examining the causes of contemporary trends in population health and health inequalities (e.g., the recent, unusual decline in life expectancy in the liberal welfare states; the widening of racial and socioeconomic health inequalities in many societies; the social distribution of the COVID-19 pandemic), and (c) reflections on concepts and methods used in health inequalities research. 

Arjumand also engages with governmental and non-governmental entities, including the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada, and the World Health Organization.

Michael Stepner
Michael Stepner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. His research examines the relationship between health and economic inequality, with a focus on how public policy can improve the health and financial security of low-income populations. He also serves as the network leader for Health Trends and Inequalities research at the NBER Center for Aging and Health Research, and as a guest editor for the COVID-19 special issue for the Canadian Public Policy journal. Michael received his PhD from MIT in 2019, and his dissertation research was awarded the top dissertation award from the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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