Meet the New Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health

Congratulations to Andrea MacNeill as she steps into her new role as Regional Medical Directory of Planetary Health for VCH. Planetary Health acknowledges that human health and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, and that our civilization depends on human health, flourishing natural systems, and preservation of natural resources.

Ask an expert: How can health literacy support my ability to access care and self-manage health conditions?

British Columbia’s changing demographics and increasingly multicultural communities are ushering in a new era of informed patient care.

Timely access to the best possible care may seem out of reach for individuals who face such things as language, cultural and mobility barriers. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute expert, Dr. Iraj Poureslami, unpacks the essential role health literacy can play in providing care that meets the needs of all Canadians. 

Research finds encouraging trends in B.C.’s approach to severe asthma

Fewer patients were prescribed maintenance oral corticosteroids over time, and slightly more used them periodically.

Changes in treatment approaches for people with severe asthma have ushered in a new era for this patient population, and one that could see decreased negative side effects from long-term oral corticosteroid (OCS) use, according to research led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute investigator Dr. Mohsen Sadatsafavi.

SPPH Course: Causal Inference in Public Health Sciences

This fall, SPPH will offer Causal Inference in Public Health Sciences, an advanced course in the School's curriculum. Its goal is to develop competency in the methodology of causal inferences from observational data.

Here, Professor Sobolev talks about the course on YouTube.

Whether you are studying epidemiology, public health, clinical research, occupational or environmental health, you will all benefit from its lectures, videos, tutorials and readings!

Why hospitals are beginning to reuse or recycle oxygen masks, IV bags, surgical tools they used to throw out

With funding from the UBC Faculty of Medicine Strategic Investment Fund, C2E2 faculty member Dr. Andrea MacNeill is launching the Planetary Health Care Lab. Please read more on related issues in this CBC article.

Regular doctor visits are good medicine for insulin-dependent type 2 diabetics

People with insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes may benefit from meeting with their general practitioner (GP) regularly, even when their symptoms seem to be under control. This recommendation stems from a nationally representative research study out of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) that found visiting a GP at least once per year significantly reduced in-hospital time.

Investigator Awards support clinicians conducting impactful research

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is committed to supporting clinician-scientists in their efforts to conduct high-quality, impactful research that will improve the lives of British Columbians. The annual Investigator Awards, supported by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, provides salary support to leading health research investigators to help move their work forward. The peer-reviewed awards allow clinicians to reduce their clinical practice commitments and expand their research capacity to make way for future discoveries. 

Where Are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Samantha Pollard tells her Story

Dr. Samantha Pollard holds a PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, a Master of Science from McMaster University, and a BA (honours) from UBC. Dr. Pollard joined C2E2 in 2011 as a research assistant and PhD student, under the supervision of Dr. Stirling Bryan and Dr. Nick Bansback. Trained in epidemiology, healthcare ethics, and mixed-methods research, she is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship with the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) at BC Cancer.

Asthma and COPD patients’ perceived link between health literacy core domains and self-management of their condition

Iraj Poureslami, Jessica Shum, Roger Goldstein, Samir Gupta, Shawn D. Aaron, Kim L. Lavoie, Claude Poirier, Saron Kassay, Kassie Starnes, Alizeh Akhtar, J. Mark FitzGerald, on behalf of the Canadian Airways Health Literacy Study Group