UBC Health Council

The mandate of the UBC Health Council (UBCHC) is to identify strategic directions for UBC Health and advise on initiatives and policies relevant and common to the health and human service programs at UBC.

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Composition and Organization
  1. The Associate Vice-President, Health will chair the Council.
  2. The Council will be supported by the Office of UBC Health.
  3. Meetings will be scheduled every six weeks, or at the discretion of the Chair, from September through to June.
  4. Decisions will be made by consensus.
  5. Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually.
  6. Membership will consist of:
    • One senior leader representing each of the health and human service programs at UBC (Audiology and Speech Sciences, Counselling Psychology, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Dietetics, Genetic Counselling, Kinesiology, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Population and Public Health, Social Work);
    • a representative from the Woodward Library;
    • two patient/community representatives; and
    • two student representatives.
Roles and Responsibilities
  1. To identify key issues affecting health professional education and health research.
  2. To recommend strategic actions that would enable and strengthen a holistic approach to Health on both campuses in order to achieve integration across UBC and with other partners in BC.
  3. To review policies and procedures related to UBC Health.
  4. To act as a communication link between health units, the broader health system and the UBC Health Executive on academic issues related to Health.
  5. To assist in the promotion and positioning of interprofessional learning and research activities related to the health and human service programs.
  6. To ensure that the patient’s voice and community engagement activities are effectively embedded in the integrated approach to health education.
  7. To enable relevant faculty development for classroom-based learning and practice education.

UBCHC will report to and be accountable to the UBC Health Executive.

Membership 2020/21
  • Anne Martin-Matthews, Associate Vice-President, Health (Chair)
  • Joseph Anthony, Associate Dean, Health Professions, Faculty of Medicine
  • Donna Baines, Director, School of Social Work
  • Peter Berman, Director, School of Population and Public Health
  • Robert Boushel, Director, School of Kinesiology
  • Carolyn Canfield, Honorary Lecturer and Patient Safety Champion, Department of Family Practice
  • Susan Forwell, Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • John Graham, Director, School of Social Work, UBC Okanagan
  • Aleteia Greenwood, Head, Woodward Library
  • Adriaan de Jager, Associate Vice-President, Government Relations and Community Engagement
  • Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Cecilia Jevitt, Director, Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice
  • Darren Lauscher, Community Educator
  • Susana Leon, Administrator, Office of UBC Health
  • Sue Murphy, Head, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Elizabeth Saewyc, Director, School of Nursing
  • Robert Shave, Director, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Jeff Small, Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • Marie Tarrant, Director, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
  • Eli Whitney, Program Director, Oral Medicine-Oral Pathology Residency, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Medicine
  • Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Peter Zandstra, Director, School of Biomedical Engineering
  • (Vacant), student representative