The new Health After 2020 program, recently launched by UBC Health, supports researchers to engage in interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects that support, challenge, and improve health producing systems. These collaborations are intended to respond to the broad effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and further our understanding of the determinants and experience of health and wellbeing.

Eight interdisciplinary teams of UBC researchers have been awarded $10,000 each to build partnerships with external collaborators and participate in the Health After 2020 program. Their work will enable us 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.

In addition to collaboratively developing an academic output, such as a publication or grant proposal, funding recipients will deliver presentations as part of the UBC Health Dialogue Series. They will also form a community of UBC Health Scholars to share ideas and inform a broader research agenda for innovative interdisciplinary activities that have the potential to create change in health and health producing systems.

Dr. Liisa Galea, Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts will deliver the first Health After 2020 dialogue session in the new year—Women’s Health is More Than the Sum of Sex and Gender Differences—in collaboration with researchers from the UBC Faculty of Medicine (Neuroscience), the University of Toronto (Psychology), and McGill University (Psychiatry).

We look forward to sharing details about the other Health After 2020 dialogue sessions to be delivered by funding recipients throughout the year. 

Read more about Health After 2020, UBC Health Scholars, and the UBC Health Dialogue Series.

Posted October 18, 2021


  • Interdisciplinary Research