Event History

      
 

2017

November 30

Move, eat, sleep for better health: Examining multiple novel interventions to improve adult healthlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Mitch Duncan, PhD,
    National Heart Foundation Research Fellow;
    School of Medicine and Public Health, Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia

Abstract
This presentation summarized the combined role that physical activity, dietary behaviour and sleep have on health and wellbeing, and the development of technology-based interventions to improve these behaviours.

mitch.duncan@newcastle.edu.au

November 16

Walk and Talk for Life in your community: Using an online implementation toolkitlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Charlotte Jones, PhD,  Associate Professor, Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Okanagan
  • Pat Totton, First United Church volunteer champion

Abstract
A new community-based program for older adults shown to reduce social isolation, and increase fitness and health knowledge.
Use of a step-by-step online implementation toolkit to start the program in communities is described.

October 3 

Integrating physical activity into cancer care:
moving ahead, sitting down, or standing stilllinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Catherine Sabiston, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Mental Health:
    Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

Abstract
Key physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors will be discussed and challenged. The benefits of phy7sical activity (and reduced sedentary) behaviour, evaluations of community physical activity initiatives and programs, and the direction of cancer care within the context of physical activity will be presented.

August 3

Objectively assessed activity patterns of cancer survivors:
The wheels are turning but are we upside down?
links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Jeff Vallance, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management, Athabasca University

Abstract
While physical activity among cancer survivors has been shown to be safe and effective at improving health outcomes, less is known about the role of sedentary behaviour and how cancer survivors spend their day (e.g., active, sitting, sleeping). Advances in measurement to estimate these behaviours will be discussed as well as the limitations of methodological variation among studies.

May 29

Health coaching and eHealth technology: Behaviour change and system transformationlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Harvey Skinner, Professor of Psychology and Global Health, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto      hskinner@yorku.ca

Abstract
Health coaching services is an increasingly popular role to facilitate health behaviour change in patients with varying health risks and conditions, and the use of smartphone-based counseling is a promising public health care innovation for reaching people and communities. This presentation examines how health practitioners can integrate behaviour change programs with rapidly evolving mobile technology apps and eHealth technologies.

PowerPoint presentation

NexJ Connected Health demonstrationlinks to external site

Advancing personal health and health care by e-Health technology and health coaching

May 17

Move It! Exploring active communities innovations: A virtual forumlinks to external site

This online forum explores innovative approaches to building active communities. (3hours)

Agenda

  • Introduction to active communities
  • Making the Links: Improving access and inclusion for physical activity and active communities
  • Active community design
    - Safe and preferred bicycle lane infrastructure
    - Active living by design
    - Age-friendly active transportation planning
  • Approaches to collaboration and collective action
    - Collective impact to prevent and reduce childhood obesity
May 4

Engaging stakeholders in co-creating sustainable communities: A study on rural communities in the BC Interiorlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Eri Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan
  • Betty Brown, Community Research Lead, Interior Health
  • Tom Kadla, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Lumby

Abstract
Key factors that influence stakeholders' priority and decisions on rural health promotion and community development is discussed.

May 2 

Making life more livable for older adults with advanced chronic disease: A pilot study with volunteer navigatorslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Barb Pesut, RN, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Health, Ethics and Diversity;
    Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Abstract
The findings from a one year pilot project where trained volunteer navigators provided support services in the home for older adults living with advanced chronic illness is presented.

March 30

Data visualization to improve healthcare:
Current trends and untapped potential  links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Uba Backonja, RN
    Assistant Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership;
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Tacoma

Abstract
The use of data visualization in healthcare has been increasing with the explosion of data being collected within and outside clinical settings. This presentation shows ways in which data visualization is currently being used in healthcare and its potential to support evidence-based decision making.

March 25

Introduction to Pickleball

Pickleball Kelowna linklinks to external site

March 23

 

Okanagan Men's Shed: Building the well-being of men in the communitylinks to external site

 Men's Shed is a community workshop environment where men can work on projects and socialize

March 22

Exercise: Putting the brakes on aging

Presenter

  • Dr. Gareth Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences,
    Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Exercise is a most potent anti-aging and disease modifying therapy, so why are we not exercising enough to reap the benefits of fitness in old age?

Exercise: Putting the BRAKES on aging - Presentation

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults - Research Update linklinks to external site

Global Okanagan News Storylinks to external site

March 21

Giving voice to older people and family caregivers: A tablet-based tool to enhance person-centred palliative carelinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Rick Sawatzky, RN
    Canada Research Chair in Patient-Reported Outcomes;
    School of Nursing, Trinity Western University

Abstract
Learn about a new tablet-based tool that makes patient and family caregiver concerns more visible to healthcare providers so they can be effectively monitored and addressed

March 15 - Vernon

March 16 - Kelowna

Estate planning essentials:
What you need to know

Presenters

  • Terry Clement, CLU, Insurance and Financial Advisor, Interior Savings Estate Planning Inc.
  • Dwayne Remple, Estate Planning Specialist, Insurance and Investment Advisor, Interior Savings Wealth Services
March 15 

Sleep: The key to healthy aging

Presenter

  • Ronald Cridland, MD, CCFP, Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine;
    Kelowna Sleep Clinic
March 14

An Asset-Based Community Development approach to 'healthful aging' and care in rural communities

Presenters

  • Denise Cloutier, PhD, Associate Professor, Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria
  • Karen Kobayashi, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria
  • Walter Popoff, Electoral Area H. Regional; District of Central Kootenay

Abstract
Hear about how local strengths rather than deficiencies can be used to understand and develop0 local community capacity and resiliency to support healthful aging.

March 13

Singing makes everything better!links to external site 

Presenter

  •  Nigel Brown, Executive Director, Sing for your Life Canada Foundation BC

sfylc canada

March 10

The curious case of age related muscle fatigue:
Keys to staying active and stronglinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Brian Dalton, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Muscle fatigue is multifaceted and can influence how we perform tasks of daily living. This talk explore scientific evidence on age-related muscle fatigue, how this physiological process alters function and possible strategies to lessen the effect of muscle fatigue as we age.

March 9

Café Scientifique
Side stepping the effect of stroke

Audio recording: Part 1

Audio recording: Part 2

Experts

  • Ms. Jennifer Monaghan, Stroke Survivor
  • Dr. Brodie Sakakibara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Andis Klegeris, Associate Professor, Biology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Harry Miller, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Interior Health; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychology, Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Ms. Jennifer Upshaw, PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Someone in Canada has a stroke about every 9 minutes. Are there new approaches to reduce disability associated with stroke? Can healthy lifestyles help people reduce their risk of stroke and enhance recovery?

March 8

Sound of Music: A partnership to enhance lives

Presenters

  • Rachel Lewis, RN, BSN (MSN cand.),
    Sun Pointe Village Administrator, Baptist Housing, Kelowna
  • Amanda Balsdon, Recreation Therapist,
    Village at Mill Creek Recreation Facilitator, Baptist Housing, Kelowna
  • Kate Dusik, Marketing Manager,
    Village at Mill Creek, Village at Smith Creek & Sun Pointe Village, Baptist Housing Kelowna  
March 8

MyHealthPortal:
Interior Health Electronic Health Records and you

Presenter

  • Pamela Reese, PMP, BSc, Senior Project Manager, Interior Health

March 7 - Kelowna

March 8 - Vernon

Seniors fraud protection tips

Presenters

  • Paula Naka, Manager, Risk Management, Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Anne Donnelly, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
March 1 

Savvy Seniors: New communication technologies and you

Facilitated by the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan

March 1 - Vernon


March 2 - Kelowna


March 3 -
West Kelowna


March 14 - Oliver

Age of Love: It's never too late to date

An unprecedented speed-dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds serves as the backdrop for THE AGE OF LOVE, an alternately poignant and funny look at the search for love among the senior set.
Over one summer, we intimately follow as ten speed daters—recently widowed, long-divorced or never-married—prepare for the big day, endure a rush of encounters, then anxiously receive their results. Fearlessly candid about themselves and what they’re seeking, these WWII babies are forced to take stock of life-worn bodies and still-hopeful hearts. Then, as they head out on dates that result, comic and bittersweet moments reveal how worries over physical appearance, romance and rejection, loss and new beginnings change—or don't change—from first love to the far reaches of life.
THE AGE OF LOVE is a story of the universality of love and desire, regardless of age.

New York film director, Stever Loring, flew into the Okanagan to introduce the film. He inspired and entertained as he shared his motivation for making the film and recounted stories of the people he was able to know well as he followed them in their pursuit of love.

 February 16

Assessing Social Return on Investment (SROI) in health promotion:
Findings from the Healthy Together(c) Program
links to external site

Presenters

Abstract
The social return on investment method to evaluate health promotion programs for scale-up is illustrated using Healthy Together - an innovative family education program focused on promoting healthier weights among vulnerable children and families.

 January 26

Do good things really come in small packages? Small Changes - A big idea to deal with the obesity epidemiclinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Lesley Lutes, Associate Professor, Psychology
    Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Six in 10 Canadians are overweight or obese, and these rates are rising with no end in sight. A review of the theory and concept behind Small Changes and the results from 6 studies are discussed.

 January 24

Dying at home: Enabling caregivers' determinationlinks to external site

Presenter

  •  Dr. Carole Robinson, RN, Professor
    School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Family caregivers are at the heart of living and dying at home with serious illness. When the ill person and family caregiver desire a home death, support is essential. This presentation focuses on the family caregiver's experience of caring at home until death, and identifies key supports that enable caregivers' determination to offer the best care possible.

A family caregiver decision guide: Caregiving at home for someone with life-limiting illnesslinks to external site

 January 17

Closing the gap in rural health care services: Exploring the entrepreneurial activities of citizen led coalitionslinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Kathy Rush, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Mike Chiasson, Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan
  • Ms. Marilyn Clark, Health Care Committee Chair, Sorrento Health Centre

Abstract
Rural older adults have become increasingly active in forming groups, or coalitions, within their communities to address their unmet health service needs due to scarce resources and supports. Some groups are more effective than others in meeting their needs, and this project seeks to understand what makes the difference.

 

2016

 
 November 15

Indigenous Voices: Stories of serious illness and grieflinks to external site 

Presenter

  • Kali Leary, BSc, MBT, Director
    First Nations, Métis & Inuit Cancer Control and the Underserved Populations Program, CancerCare Manitoba

Abstract
Canadian Virtual Hospice launched Indigenous Voices to support quality care at end-of-life that is culturally safe and inclusive. In the video and print series, Frist Nations, Inuit and Métis from across Canada share stories about traditions, rituals and spirituality, experiences of care, after death ceremonies and grieving.

 November 2

Aging at risk: The South Okanagan-Similkameen Rural Mental Health Projectlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Nelly Oelke, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Tracy Janzen, DipDH, Psychology Honours student, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Carolyn Szostak, Associate Professor, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Mental health is a significant issue for adults 50 and over and rural communities experience unique challenges. We will report on results from this rural mental health project conducted over the last two years.

 October 14

If THEY build it, will THEY act? ProjectMOVE - A novel approach for increasing physical activity among breast cancer survivorslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Cristina Caperchione, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Hear about the innovative ProjectMOVE program that provides a real-world approach for increasing physical activity for breast cancer survivors by providing the women the opportunity to design and implement their own initiatives.

September 9

A win, win, win?
Negotiating challenges, partnerships and public benefits in the development, evaluation and roll-out of public health interventions
Perspectives from the UK's successful Football Fans in Training programlinks to external site
 

Presenter

  • Dr. Kate Hunt, Professor
    Associate Director, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
    Institute of Health and Wellbeing
    University of Glasgow, Scotland
September 8

 

Why might gender be important in the design and delivery of public health interventions?links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Kate Hunt, Professor
    Associate Director, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
    Institute of Health and Wellbeing
    University of Glasgow, Scotland

Abstract
The presentation focuses on the key messages from Football Fans in Training, a weight management and healthy living program for overweight men.

 June 15

Playing to strength: Leveraging masculinities to promote men's physical activity and healthy eatinglinks to external site

Presenters

  • Ms Megan Klitch, Health Promotion Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division
  • Dr. Cherisse Seaton, Research Coordinator, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
This presentation focuses on the development, delivery and evaluation of POWERPLAY, an innovative, multi award winning workplace health promotion program designed to engage men. Key learnings and future directions will also be discussed.

May 30

Down on the farm: Understanding male farmers and mental healthlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Philippe Roy, PhD
    Visiting Professor, School of Social Work, University of Montreal

Abstract
This presentation focuses on a study describing the influences of masculinities on mental health practices among farming men, and the resulting recommendations.
Based on this research, Dr. Roy received a CIHR Award of Excellence in Sex, Gender and Health Research.

May 2

Assisted death: What everyone should knowlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Harvey Chochinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Manitoba;
    Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba;
    Chair, Federal Panel exploring options for a legislative response to the Supreme Court decision physician-assisted death
March 24

Options for a dementia-friendly community: Experiences from Sicamous

Presenters

  • Mr. Malcolm Makayev, Councillor, District of Sicamous
  • Dr. Mary Ann Murphy, Associate Professor, School of Social Work,  UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Elizabeth Andersen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Gareth Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
The town of Sicamous is working together to create an inviting and supportive community for people with dementia, and their goals and strategies fro promotion the wellbeing of those living with dementia. 

March 17

Tossin' and Turnin'?  Sleep tips for seniors

Presenter

  • Ronald Cridland, MD, CCFP, Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine;
    Kelowna Sleep Clinic

Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Lindenlinks to external site

March 17

Okanagan Men's Shed Open Houselinks to external site

Presenters

  • Art Post, President, Okanagan Men's Shed Association
  • Wade Bottorff, Vice-president, Okanagan Men's Shed Association

Kelowna's 'Men's Shed' replaces isolation with purpose in retirement - CBC Radio

Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Lindenlinks to external site

March 16

 Listen Up: Hearing and healthy aging for older adults

Presenter

  • Theresa Durante, Connect Hearing
March 15 

Singing makes everything better!

Presenter

  •  Nigel Brown, Executive Director, Sing for your Life Canada Foundation BC
 March 10

Got rhythm? Getting to the HEART of atrial fibrillationlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Frank Halperin, Cardiologist and Director, Atrial Fibrillation Clinic, Interior Health
  • Dr. Kathy Rush, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
  • Ms. Anne Pistawka, Physiotherapist, COACH (Central Okanagan Association for Cardiac Health
  • Mr. Gerry Morrison, Patient Perspective

Abstract
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Also known as AFib, it affects offer 350,000 Canadians and will impact many more in the future. Can we wipe out AFib-related strokes? Can healthy lifestyles help people stay in rhythm after AFib?

 March 10

Seniors' Exercise Fair: Exercise is Medicine Open Houselinks to external site

Facilitated by the School of Health and Exercise Science practicum students and the UBC Okanagan Exercise is Medicine Club

Seniors' Exercise Fair - Global News Okanagan

 March 9

Public transportation accessibility and options for seniors

Presenter

  • Joyce Mainland, BC transit Training/Mobility Specialist
 March 8

The Canadian Virtual Hospice Loss and Grief Interactive Tool
for patients and familieslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Christopher MacKinnon, PhD, Faculty Lecturer, Department of Oncology, McGill University; Psychologist, Palliative Care Unit, McGill University Centre

Abstract
Hear about the new online, self-directed modules designed to assist  people to work through loss and grief. Dr. MacKinnon describes how the free tool provides evidence-based information and includes the voices of patients and families to offer accessible grief support for all Canadians.

Canadian Virtual Hospice online workbooklinks to external site

Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Lindenlinks to external site

 March 7

So, YOU are in the hospital:
What to expect from your Interior Health hospital pharmacist during your admissionlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Lauren Hutton, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmD, RPh
    Clinical Practice Leader, Pharmacy Department;
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Vernon Jubilee Hospital
 March 3

 

Risk taking by older adults: Contradictions and controversieslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Mary Kjorven, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology;
    Nurse Continence Advisor, Interior Health
 March 2

Am I Kind? Person-centered wellness in residential carelinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Deanne Taylor, Regional Practice Lead; Research & Knowledge Translation, Interior Health

Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Lindenlinks to external site

 March 1

Savvy Seniors: New communication technologies and you

Facilitated by the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan

 February 19

BC Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Regional Centre:
Strategic directions for Interior BClinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Deanne Taylor, Regional Practice Lead; Research & Knowledge Translation, Interior Health
  • Dr. Nelly Oelke, Assistant Profess, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
This presentation will provide background information on the BC SPOR Interior Health Regional Centre and preliminary strategic directions for our local Support Unit in Interior BC. We will also be seeking feedback and input on these strategic directions.

 February 18

Early results from the Healthy Together Program:
An innovative family education model for children and their familieslinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Anima Anand, Project Lead and Program Coordinator, The Bridge Youth & Family Services
  • Dr. Mary Jung, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

Abstract
Healthy Together is a family-education model integrating healthy eating, physical activity and relationship building to support children, youth and their families. The model, partnership and preliminary findings will be presented along with lessons learned from implementation across Canada.

 February 2

Leveraging masculinities to strengthen men's smoking cessation success

Presenters

  • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. John Oliffe, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Vancouver

Abstract
In Canada more men currently smoke than women and they experience challenges in quitting.  Men's responses to a novel smoking cessation program, Dads in Gear, will be presented to illustrate how se-specific and gender-sensitive approaches can enable men to quit.

 January 28

Canadian Men's Sheds:
Growth, Expansion, and Future Opportunitieslinks to external site

Program and Presenters

  • Mr. Doug Mackie, Co-founder of Menshed Manitoba;
    Acting Chair of the Canadian Men Shed Association
    An overview of the development and growth of Men's Sheds in Canada
  • Mr. Gene Mitran, Vanderhoof MenShed Society
    A Canadian Men's Shed success story
  • Mr. Andrew Munroe, Knowledge Exchange Specialist
    Launch of the Canadian Men's Shed Association website
  • Dr. Corey Mackenzie, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
    Dr. Kerstin Roger, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
    Development of a toolkit to support the growth of new Canadian sheds

 

ShawTVOkanagan storylinks to external site
 January 21

Fit for Life: Preventing frailty among older adultslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Jennifer Jakobi, Associate Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Frailty is not a fate of aging. Dr. Jakobi will address how frailty is often hidden, and how to identify it. Exercise to prevent frailty and maintain independence will be discussed.

Kelowna Daily Courier - Shannon Lindenlinks to external site

 January 19

BC Centre for Palliative Care: Providing leadership to promote excellence in palliative and end-of-life carelinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Doris Barwich, BC Centre for Palliative Care;
    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care,
    Department of Medicine, UBC Vancouver

Abstract
The BC Centre for Palliative Care exists to collaborate with key partners to ensure access to innovative, compassionate quality palliative care. In this presentation, Dr. Barwich will share the Centre's strategic plan and opportunities for collaboration.

 January 18

 Leveraging masculinities to strengthen men's smoking cessation successlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. John Oliffe, Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Vancouver

Abstract
In Canada more men currently smoke than women and they experience challenges in quitting.  Men's responses to a novel smoking cessation program, Dads in Gear, will be presented to illustrate how se-specific and gender-sensitive approaches can enable men to quit.

2015

 November 24

Supporting family caregivers:
The development and use of a decision guidelinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, School f Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Hear about a new approach designed for family members caring for someone with advanced chronic disease, and an ongoing study to evaluate its use in practice.

 October 22

First steps to taking action on Healthy Public Policy in your communitylinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan
  • Cheryl Van Vliet-Brown, PhD student, BSN, RN, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
How to begin to incorporate a health-in-all-policies approach in an organization through a case example.

 September 22

The power to choose: Improving end-of-life care in First Nations communitieslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, Lakehead University, Ontario

Abstract
The findings of a five year project showing the value of local community development, regional partnerships, education and community empowerment in addressing gaps in palliative care services for First Nations communities.

View the 6 minute video The Power to Chooselinks to external site 

CBC Radio interview September 22, 2015links to external site

 September 17

Remote Aboriginal community research: Translating knowledge into actionlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Jan Robertson, Research Fellow, Centre for Research Excellence in the Prevention of Chronic Conditions, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

Abstract
Refinements to knowledge translation strategies developed through studies evaluating alcohol restrictions and efforts to reduce tobacco use in Australian Aboriginal communities.

 April 16

Don't take chances. Making a health care planlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
You don't take risks when you drive to work or take your bike out for a spin. So why take chances with your health planning?  Join us for Advance Care Planning Day, April 16.

 March 27

It's your life: Cancer prevention and you

Presenters

  • Randene Wejr, MSW, MBA(c) Regional Director, Southern Interior Region, Canadian Cancer Society
  • Jerilynn Maki, MA Team Lead Health Promotion, Southern Interior Region, Canadian Cancer Society

Abstract
A presentation about the prevalence of certain cancers, trends in cancer rates, and the everyday changes we can all make to drastically reduce our risk of cancer as we age.

 March 26

Keep seniors singing

Presenter

  • Nigel Brown, Executive Director, Sing for your Life Foundation BC

Abstract
Sing for your Life is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of older Canadians who live at home or in residential care, through music. The programs create more age friendly communities and improve the life and care of older people, including those affected by dementia, and their caregivers. Nigel will provide a taste of what to expect when participating in a Sing for your Life session.

Sing for your Life is funded in Canada through community and government grants, personal donations and corporate supporters.

 March 25

Reducing medications in frail seniorslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Trevor Janz, MD, Regional Residential Care Medical Director, Interior Health East

Abstract
Dr. Janz discusses issues related to polypharmacy and offers recommendations on alternative approaches.

 March 19

Walk 'n Talk for your Life:
Tackling loneliness and isolation and improving the health and well-being of seniors in Kelowna and arealinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Charlotte Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC Okanagan
  • Clara Burdett, Psychology student, UBC Okanagan
  • Diane Cumming, Walk 'n Talk participant

Abstract
Learn about how this participatory-based program is implemented and sustained by community engagement, and initial evaluation results of the program.

 March 18

Driving Transitions: Hanging up the car keys

Presenter

  • Lindsay Burton, MSc student, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
A presentation on the current literature and resources on driving cessation and older adults, leading up to and following hanging up the car keys.

 March 18

Behavioural challenges in dementialinks to external site

Presenter

  • Trevor Janz, MD, Regional Residential Care Medical Director, Interior Health East

Abstract
Dr. Janz provides an overview of dementia diagnoses and symptoms and speaks to the ways people with dementia exhibit the symptoms behaviourally and provide suggestions to caregivers on how to best manage these symptoms.

Note:  the transitions in the slides on the recording are out-of-sync with the presentation. You can control the slides yourself on the recording or a copy of the presentation can be found here.

 March 12

Is chronic inflammation the common link between aging and chronic disease?links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Jonathan Little, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
This session focuses on the scientific evidence that links inflammation to age-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.

 March 11

Savvy Seniors: New communication technologies and you

Facilitated by the Community Service Learning Program, UBC Okanagan and volunteer UBC Okanagan students

 March 5

Café Scientifique
Breaking the cycle of chronic pain: What will it take?links to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Michelle Teo, Rheumatologist, Penticton Regional Hospital
  • Dr. Susan Holtzman, Associate Professor, Psychology, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, Senior Instructor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Dr. Zach Walsh, Associate Professor, Psychology, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Over 6 million Canadians live with chronic pain. Uncontrolled pain reduces quality of life, influences ability to work, and is related to other illnesses such as depression. Are there ways to manage pain in today's world? Can healthy lifestyle changes help to relieve pain?

 March 3

Nurses and other palliative caregivers providing care in a context of end-of-life deliriumlinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. David Wright, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing;
    Co-director, Nursing Palliative Care Research and Education Unit,
    University of Ottawa

Abstract
Delirium is extremely common in dying patients, and a source of distress for patients' family members. New understandings about how delirium creates challenges for patients, families, and health care providers offers insights into the ways delirium affects relationships and provides a foundation for supportive interventions.

 February 12

Building belonging in the South Similkameen:
Towards community-wide cross-cultural mental health promotionlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Susana Caxaj, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
  • Debra Holley, Community Librarian, Okanagan Regional Library, Keremeos Branch
  • Navjot Gill, Research Assistant, UBC Okanagan

Abstract
Hear about first-hand experiences in exploring belonging in rural communities and implications for building a more robust approach for mental health promotion.

 February 4

Age Friendly Communities:
Perspectives from Revelstoke and Okanagan Fallslinks to external site

Presenters:

  • Jill Zacharias, Revelstoke Social Development Coordinator
  • Janet Black, OK Falls Recreation Director

Abstract
Learn from the experiences of two local municipalities in the BC Interior, who have begun the process of becoming Age Friendly (AF).

Revelstoke was one of the first communities in BC to be awarded Age Friendly Achievement Recognition status, having received four AF grants in past years.
Okanagan Falls recently initiated their planning process and has just been awarded their second Age Friendly grant.

 January 28

Building the wellbeing of men in the community:
Starting Men's Sheds in Canadalinks to external site

Program and Presenters

  • Community-based Men's Sheds - A catalyst for promoting men's health
    Dr. John Oliffe, Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Vancouver
  • The Men's Shed in the Okanagan: Building a shed from the ground up
    Mr. Art Post, President, Okanagan Men's Shed Association
  • Winnipeg men share their thoughts on how to start and grow a Men's Shed
    Dr. Corey Mackenzie, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
 January 27

Dignity Therapy
Why is it important and what role can I play in supporting it?links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Susan McClement, Professor, College of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba;
    Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba

Abstract
How people are viewed by those around them can have a big influence on how they think about themselves, especially when they become ill and rely on others for care. People who work in health care are uniquely positioned to either support or undermine a patient's sense of dignity.

Drawing on research conducted by members of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, this presentation explains the importance of affirming every patient's sense of dignity, and provide practical examples of ways that members of the health care team can foster dignity conserving care.

 January 15            

QuitNow Men: A quit smoking website designed with men for men

Presenters

  • Dr. John Oliffe, Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Gayl Sarbit, Knowledge Broker, IHLCDP, UBC Okanagan
  • Mr. Paul Sharp, Research Assistant, IHLCDP, UBC Okanagan
  • Mr. Jon Schmid, Context Research and QuitNow BC

Abstract
The first of its kind, QuitNow Men offers men new tools and tactics to quit smoking. Feedback from the initial group of men to use the website resources will be reported.

Developed by a team of UBC researchers and QuitNow experts, QuitNow Men will be launched in January 2015

2014

 
 November 18

Navigating upstream in palliative care:
Expanding the frontiers of volunteer care
links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Barb Pesut, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan;
    Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity

Abstract
Learn about a two year study to develop better services and innovative healthcare/volunteer partnerships to enhance quality of life for persons living with life-limiting chronic illness at home.

 November 13

Healthy living and diabetes:
Exercise and lifestyle interventions for preventing type 2 diabeteslinks to external site

Program and Presenters

  • Healthy living for type 2 diabetes prevention and treatement
    Julianne Beam, PhD student, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • HIT diabetes hard: Is High-Intensity Interval training a viable strategy in type 2 diabetes?
    Dr. Jonathan Little, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • It works, but will anybody do it? Behaviour change in exercise and type 2 diabetres prevention
    Dr. Mary Jung, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
 October 21

Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide:
Lessons from the Canadian National Palliative Care Survey
links to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Keith Wilson, CPsych, Department of Psychology
    The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
Abstract
The topics of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are often debated, but if we legalized these practices, who would ask for them, and why?

The Canadian National Palliative Care Survey (NPCS) was a multi-centre study of patients who were receiving palliative care for cancer. This presentation reviews the status of the euthanasia debate in Canada and summarizes the NPCS findings regarding patients who expressed a desire for physician assistance in ending their lives.

 October 16

Mars vs. Venus: Understanding sex differences in frailty and muscle activitylinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Gareth Jones, CSEP-CEP, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Noelannah Neubauer, Msc, CSEP-CPT, Physio Therapy Assistant, CSA Physio; Personal Trainer, Infinite Fitness, Edmonton

Abstract
Hear about new research mapping differences in older males and females experiences of frailty. This study of muscle activity provides direction for early diagnosis and sex-specific interventions to maintain functional independence.

 October 2

Conducting research with indigenous communities as ownerslinks to external site

Presenter

  • Dr. Heather Gifford, RN, MPH
    Chair, National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Group, New Zealand;
    Co-chair, International Network of Indigenous Health Promotion Professionals

Abstract
Dr. Gifford presents an overview of her tribally based research centre located in New Zealand.  She discusses how locating research in indigenous communities is ethical, rigorous and culturally relevant.
She also discusses a participatory action research project that she has just completed with thre Maori community providers who are implementing one of New Zealand's most ambitious health promotion policies, Whanau Ora. 

 

 October 1

Practical tips for using Twitter: #KnowledgeTranslation #HealthResearchlinks to external site

Presenters

Abstract
Alex describes her travels and adventures through Twitterland, and her learnings along the way. She reveals successful tips and tricks for you to use when planning and navigating your own journey through the Twittersphere.

 September 17

Community-University Partnerships: Working together to improve healthlinks to external site

Presenters

  • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director, IHLCDP
  • Dr. Keith Culver, Director, Okanagan Sustainability Institute
  • Betty Brown, Community Health Facilitator, Promotion & Prevention, Interior Health

Abstract
Do you wonder how you can engage with UBC to help your community health project be as effective as possible? Listen to this knowledge event to find out.

 May 26

Designing innovative interventions from research findings

Presenter

  • Dr. Maria Lohan, Senior Lecturer
    Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

 April 7

Communities in Motion
Healthy kids for better futures
links to external site

Symposium sponsors

  • Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Okanagan Sustainability Institute
  • Interior Health

Symposium Goal

  • to showcase research and regional initiatives to support physical activity among children and youth to positively influence their health and well-being

Symposium objectives

  • foster knowledge translation by sharing emerging strategies that enable physical activity among children and youth
  • motivate networking and collaborations across a wide range of sectors interested in supporting physical activity and wellness
  • support evaluation/surveillance of progress to increase physical activity
  • facilitate capacity building for collaborative community-based research in active living
Full program agenda  
March 31

Advance Care Planning - What he told us made a world of difference

Presenter

  • Judy Nicol, BSW, RSW
    Regional Practice Leader, Professional Practice Office, Interior Health 
 March 25

Human attachment to companion animals: Using dogs to promote healthy aging

Presenter

  • Lindsay Burton, MSc student
    School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan 
 March 19

Getting to grips with mixed methods and multi-method designs

Presenter 

  •  Dr. Karin Olson, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

    Abstract
    The workshop is framed around key questions that face researchers: a) What must be considered prior to conducting a mixed methods design? b) What designs are used for conducting mixed methods research? and c) What avenues exist for disseminating mixed methods studies? The overall goal of the session is to engage in discussions of perceived (and real!) challenges when designing, conducting, and disseminating mixed methods research.

  •  March 18

    Elder abuse prevention: The time is nowlinks to external site

    Presenter

    • Linda Myers, BSW, RSW
      Clinical Specialist, Vulnerable or Incapable Adults, Professional Practice Office, Interior Health

    Abstact
    Elder abuse has serious consequences and the Province of BC is raising the bar on prevention. In this information session, you will learn about new initiatives that are underway to make our BC communities a safer place for older adults. Information included is self-advocacy, how to report abuse or neglect and how to get involved as a community volunteer. 

     March 13

    Taking prevention into the clinic:
    Directions for reforming primary care
    links to external site

    Presenters

    • Dr. Nelly Oelke, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
    • Anne Clarotto, Program Director, Promotion and Prevention,
      Community Integrated Health Services, Interior Health

    Abstract
    Chronic disease is a significant issue in Canada; most healthcare services focus on disease management as opposed to primary prevention. The aim of this study was to better understand how primary prevention could be successfully integrated into chronic disease management models of care. Results presented are from a literature review, environmental scan, interviews with stakesholders and focus groups with community members.

     

     February 13

    Joints for Joints
    Barriers and pathways to medical cannabis among individuals with arthritis
    links to external site

    Presenters

    • Dr. Zach Walsh, Assistant Professor, Psychology
      Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Kim Crosby, MA student, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Kelsey Lozenski, Honours BA student, UBC's Okanagan campus
    UBC's Next Big Thing - Zach Walsh links to external site

    Global News Okanagan, February 13 - Medical Marijuana links to external site

     

     January 30

    Lessons learned from a randomized study of workplace health promotion

    Presenter

    • Dr. Carolyn Gotay, Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at UBC;
      Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC's Vancouver campus

    Abstract
    A study conducted in BC universities, including UBC Okanagan (Be Well at Work), that compared different approaches to determine effective strategies for incorporating health promotion into the workplace.

     January 28

    Spiritual care within palliative care:
    What does the evidence tell us? 

    Presenter

    • Dr. Shane Sinclair, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary;
      Clinician Scientist - Person Centred Care
      Alberta Health Services, Cancer Care, Tom Baker Centre

    Abstract
    Addressing spiritual needs in palliative care is increasingly recognized as a component of comprehensive palliative care.  While patients desire to have the spiritual needs addressed, health care professionals are consistently challenged in doing so.  This presentation will discuss the role of spiritual care within  palliative care from an evidence based approach.

     January 15

    All about Grounded Theory:
    Lessons from the field

    Presenter

    •  Dr. Karin Olson, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

    Abstract
    Workshop included a historical review of the development of this design, including the approaches of Glaser, Strauss and Corbin, Charmaz, and Clarke. Dr. Olson demonstrates sampling, data collection, and data analysis phases of a grounded theory study.

     January 9

    Take Heart: Distress associated with atrial fibrillationlinks to external site

    Presenters

    • Dr. Kathy Rush, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Dr. Linda Hatt, Associate Professor, Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences Unit 4
    • Dr. Carol Laberge, Director of Cardiac Services, Kelowna General Hospital

    Abstract
    Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat disease of aging and is often associated with distress. Experiences of older adults prior to undergoing treatment (cardioversion) for atrial fibrillation is presented.

    2013

     

     November 5

    Managing fatigue at end of lifelinks to external site

    Presenter

    •  Dr. Karin Olson, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

    Abstract
    Fatigue is a common and distressing problem at the end of life, both for individuals with cancer and for their family caregivers. Using the most recent evidence, Dr. Olson discusses both pharmacologic and non-pharmacolgic approaches for managing fatigue in ill individuals. 

     October 15

    Caregiver Needs: Helping family caregivers of people at the end of life
    What we have learned from research
    links to external site

    Presenter

    • Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Centre on Aging
      Associate Director, Research and Scholarship, University of Victoria;
      Research Scientist, End of Life Program, Fraser Health Authority   
     October 10

    Digital Dissemination: Online breast cancer prevention messages for youthlinks to external site

    Presenters

    • Dr. Chris Richardson, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health,
      UBC Vancouver
    • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director, IHLCDP; Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
    • Raquel Graham, BA, UBC Okanagan
    • Laura Bissell, MA, UBC Okanagan

     September 12

    Negotiating cultural safety in a North Okanagan context: Perspectives and experiences

    Presenters

    • Dr. Rachelle Hole, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Jessie C Nyberg, BScN, Elder Advisor, Shuswap Nation
    • Carmella Alexis, MAs student, UBC's Okanagan campus

    Abstract
    Findings from interviews with Aborigianl community members in the Vernon and surrounding area will be shared about the experiences of cultural safdety in healthcare.

    Note  On the video presentation, there is an audio interuption for a few minutes.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    April 16

    SPEAK UP: Starting the conversation about end-of-life care

    Panel members

    • Dr. Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Dr. Gillian Fyles, Medical Lead, Pain & Symptom Management / Palliative Care, BC Cancer Agency, Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior
    • Ms. Loraine MacDonald RN, Nurse Manager, Orchard Manor at Hawthorn Park

    Abstract
    April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day, a day to reflect on values and wishes for care at the end-of-life. Join us for a conversation about how to begin discussing preferences for future health care with family and friends.

    April 11

    Imagine Being Jack
    Designing interventions for teenage men about unintended pregnancy

    Presenter

    • Dr. Maria Lohan, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Abstract
    An innovative study on young men's attitudes and decision-making provides the basis for an educational intervention to address the gender-relational nature of teenage pregnancy.

    CBC Radio interview with Chris Walker

    For more information, please visit: If I were Jack      

    March 28

    Breast cancer...Not just a disease of older women

    Presenter

    • Lorna Larsen, RN, President Team Shan; Health Promotion Specialist

    Abstract
    Breast cancer rates are on the rise among younger women.
    Listen to how Team Shan is reaching out to young women, health care providers and the public about breast cancer risks and breast health messages.

    March 14

    Getting to the heart of the matter
    Using exercise to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Presenters

    • Dr. Neil Eves, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development (FHSD), University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Jinelle Gelinas, MSc student, FHSD, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Dr. Nia Lewis, Post-Doctoral Fellow, FHSD, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    Abstract
    Is exercise the best medicine for slowing down, or even reversing, cardiovascular disease in the growing number of people with COPD? Hear how campus researchers are working to uncover the answer to this question.

    March 7

    Stopping the diabetes epidemic: What will it take?

     Nine million Canadians are now living with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Why are the numbers diagnosed with diabetes increasing each year? Is a healthy lifestyle enough to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes? What are the effects of lifestyle choices after diabetes develops?

    Sponsored by CIHR Cafe Scientifique

    Experts:

    • Charlotte Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Medical Program, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Jonathan Little, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Cathy Wilson, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Central Okanagan Diabetes Program, Interior Health
    • Joan Bottorff, Director, IHLCDP; Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    Moderator:

    • Chris Walker, Journalist, Host, CBC Daybreak

    March 5

    The TCARE Project Trail Castlegar Augmented Response: Supporting patients and families living with life-limiting chronic illness

    Presenter

    • Barb Pesut, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    Abstract
    The TCARE team will share new strategies they are using to work with hospice societies and other community organizations to offer a proactive palliative approach designed to enhance support for patients and families in rural areas living with life-limiting chronic illness.

    February 14

    Got Health?
    A student-led inquiry youth engagement project

    Presenters

    • Dr. Stephen Berg, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Ms. Tricia Labrie, Health Promoting Schools Coordinator, School District No. 23

    Abstract
    The 'Got Health?' pilot project in British Columbia's interior region is a youth engagement initiative that promotes student health through student-led inquiry. Eight schools developed student health teams that assessed, devised and implemented health promoting school opportunities in their schools. This new program was designed to engage youth and embrace their ideas and directions to support health promoting schools opportunities.

    January 23

    Aging and wellness: Optimizing residential care for older adults

    Symposium sponsors

    • Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
    • Faculty of Health and Social Development
    • Interior Health

    Symposium Goal

    • to share the outcomes of research conducted in our region and discuss their implications for improving care for older adults in residential care

    Symposium highlights

    • plenary presentations by research teams conducting nationally funded, inter-provincial studies in the Okanagan
    • discussion of practice and policy implications of the latest findings by research team members working in our region
    • topics include transitions in care, quality improvement in residential care, palliative care, and supporting evidence-based practice

    View individual presentations


    The lucky winner of a Cineplex Night Out Gift Certificate for submitting a symposium evaluation is Leah Morgan.  Congratulations and thank you!!

     January 22

    The relationship between hope and advance care planning

    Presenter

    • Dr. Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    Abstract
    Concerns have been identified in the literature that ACP (advance care planning), which involves frank discussion about end-of-life issues, has the potential to negatively affect hope. The concern leads to clinical tension between two ideals of palliative care: supporting hope and communicating truthfully. The presentation supports the position that the foundation of hope is not the issue; rather, how hope works is more salient to clinical practice.

    2012

    November 27

    Completing the circle: End of life care with Aboriginal families

     

    Presenter

    • Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Associate Professor, Indigenous Health Studies, First Nations University of Canada

    Abstract
    In order to educate health care providers about culturally appropriate and safe end-of-life care for Aboriginal families, Dr. Bourassa and her team interviewed Saskatchewan Elders, asking them to share their experiences and beliefs about death and dying in the Aboriginal world.

    View the 23 minute video, Completing the circle: End of life care with Aboriginal families. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbUGMIKId0c  

    November 8

    Urban Aboriginal women and non-discriminatory healthcare

    Presenters

    • Dr. Donna Kurtz, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus
    • Jessie C Nyberg RN, BSN, Stswécemc/Xgat'tem  Nation, Vernon BC
    • Diana Moar BSW, (Saulteaux) Berens River First Nation, Vernon BC
    • Chawow EagleFeather (Saulteaux) Berens River First Nation, Vernon BC

    Abstract
    The researchers share a local community-based, indigenous led study that explored historical, socioeconomic, and political contexts of urban Aboriginal women's healthcare experiences while navigating the borderlands of academic and indigenous worldviews.
    Recommendations for non-racist, non-discriminatory, culturally safe healthcare delivery are offered.

     November 6

    Behind closed doors: Depression and family experiences

    Institute sponsored seminar in support of Thrive week at UBC's Okanagan campus

    Presenters

    October 10    

    Game On! Healthy Lifestyles for Men
    Innovative programs presented by an international panel

    Presentations and Panel Speakers

    The ManUp Project: Improving Men's Physical Activity and Nutrition

    • Dr. Mitch Duncan, Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR), Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    • Dr. Cristina Caperchione, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    Men's Health and Well-being Programme

    • Dr. Noel Richardson, Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC), Ireland

    Active and smoke free dads

    • Dr. John Oliffe, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus
    • Dr. Joan Bottorff, Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus

    October 2

    The Changes Toolkit:
    Helping palliative care patients and their family caregivers deal with transitions

     

    Presenter

    • Dr. Wendy Duggleby, Lead Researcher and Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life, University of Alberta

    Abstract
    Dr. Duggleby will discuss the Changes Toolkit, an interactive toolkit designed and created to engage patients and care providers at a time when many feel isolated and overwhelmed.

    August 30

    Sing-Along for Health and Well-Being:
    Examining the benefits of singing groups for older adults

    Presenter

    • Elisabetta Corvo, MPhil/PhD Candidate, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

    Abstract
    The first research findings on the impact and benefits of the participatory singing and music-making of  Silver Song Clubs, a program designed in the United Kingdom, to enhance the physical and mental well-being of elders.  

    June 20 - 23    

    Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Presents

    Sports Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease: An Emerging Role for Sport & Exercise Medicine and Primary Care Practitioners

    Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna  BC

    Symposium topics include:

    • The Chronic Disease Epidemic
    • Three Types of Prevention
    • International Experience with Prevention
    • Real Life Examples of Chronic Disease Prevention
    • Panel Discussion: CASEM's Role in Chronic Disease Prevention

    Abstract
    Preventable chronic disease is the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in both developed and developing countries. It is the subject of formal meetings held by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. The costs from preventable chronic disease are staggering with the potential to bankrupt entire economies.

    June 14

    Is Exercise the Fountain of Youth?
    Whole body rejuvenation and aging

    Presenter

    • Adeel Safdar, PhD, Harvard Medical School 

    Abstract
    Discussion about the positive effects of exercise as the body ages.

    May 16

    Evidence Matters Lunch and Learn Series Presents

    Older Persons' Transitions in Care: The OPTIC Study

    Presenters

    • Colin Reid, PhD, University of British Columbia
    • Carole Robinson, PhD, University of British Columbia,
    • Karen Bloemink, Regional Director, Interior Health
    • Cindy Regier, Health Services Administrator, Interior Health

    Abstract
    The OPTIC study is a 3-phase partnership study that uses an integrated knowledge translation approach over 36 months to examine the care residents receive during the transition between residential care facilities, emergency medical services, and emergency departments in Kelowna BC and Edmonton AB.  This seminar will present preliminary findings from the OPTIC study and offer participants an opportunity to discuss implications for practice and policy in Interior Health.

    April 12

    Is the weight finally over? Experts discuss a surgical and lifestyle intervention for obesity.

    Presenters

    • Gareth Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies and Exercise Science, UBC's Okanagan campus
    • Andreas Kluftinger, MD, FRCSC, Surgeon, Director of Surgical Services, Kelowna Band Surgery
    • Keith Z. Brewster, PhD student, School of Health Studies and Exercise Science, 
      UBC's Okangan campus

    Abstract
    Discussion about obesity prevention and treatment through diet, exercise, behaviour modification and the option of bariatric surgery.

     March 20

     

    Who cares for caregivers? Families and serious illness

    Co-Sponsored by Interior Health, Professional Practice Office

    Presenters

    • Barb Pesut, Assistant Professor UBCO, School of Nursing; Canadian Research Chair, Health, Ethics & Diversity
    • Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, UBCO, School of Nursing
    • Lorrianne Topf, Palliative Care Coordinator, North Okanagan Community Integration Health Services Interior Health
    • Janice Vance, Nurse Clinician, Salmon Arm Mental Health; family caregiver

    Abstract
    Family caregivers provide $25-26 billion in home care each year. Caregiving can be a 24/7 job and family caregivers are at risk of a decrease in their own health and well-being. What do we know about the needs of family caregivers? How can family members stay healthy while caregiving?         

    March 15

    Going the distance for rural heart patients  

    Presenters

    • Barb Pesut, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan campus
    • Carole Laberge, BSN, MA, PhD (c), Director of Cardiac Services, Kelowna General Hospital

    Abstract
    Crises in the country: Hear about the health outcomes and experiences of rural patients following cardiac treatments based on the latest evidence.

    March 7    

    Who cares for caregivers? Families and serious illness

    Sponsored by CIHR Cafe Scientifique

    Presenters

    • Barb Pesut, Assistant Professor UBCO, School of Nursing; Canadian Research Chair, Health, Ethics & Diversity
    • Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, UBCO, School of Nursing
    • Lorrianne Topf, Palliative Care Coordinator, North Okanagan Community Integration Health Services Interior Health
    • Janice Vance, Nurse Clinician, Salmon Arm Mental Health; family caregiver

    Abstract
    Family caregivers provide $25-26 billion in home care each year. Caregiving can be a 24/7 job and family caregivers are at risk of a decrease in their own health and well-being. What do we know about the needs of family caregivers? How can family members stay healthy while caregiving?

    February 9

    The athletic & sedentary nervous - nervous system

    Presenter

    • Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Scientific Director, CIHR's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis & Director, Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute

    Abstract
    The research findings from the neurosciences have changed our way of thinking about the role of exercise in improving our lives.

     January 19  

    Medicine out of joint:
    Barriers to accessing medical cannabis among individuals with chronic illness

    Presenters

    • Zach Walsh, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Co-Director, Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law (CAPSL), University of British Columbia
    • Rob Callaway, Medical Cannabis Activist

    Abstract
    Presentation about one of the most comprehensive studies to date on medical cannabis use. Data from cannabis dispensaries in the Okanagan will be highlighted as well as information about a larger, nation-wide study.                 

    2011

    Nov 24

    Partnerships in Research seminar series presents

    Father knows best?  Integrating masculinities and health promotion

    Presenters

    • Joan Bottorff, Gayl Sarbit, Jared Seminoff, Institute for Health Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
    • Doug Werry, Building Healthy Families Society

    Abstract
    Hear about how findings from studies of men's health behaviours are used to develop innovative, men-friendly approaches to promote men's health and smoking cessation

    Oct 13

    Partnerships in Research Seminar Series presents

    Concurrent disorders: Adapting mental health service delivery for Aboriginal communities

    Presenters

    • Jamie Marshall (Co-PI), M.Ed., Practice Lead, Interior Health, Community Integration, Mental Health and Substance Use Services
    • David H. Smith, MD, FRCPC, DABAM, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Okanagan Psychiatry Clinical Lead
    • Susan Wells (PI), Professor and Director of Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families
    • Alan Weselowski, Executive Director, Métis Community Services Society, Executive Director, Métis Community Services Society

    Abstract
    The project goals were to review evidence on the effectiveness of models of service delivery for concurrent mental disorders experienced by Aboriginal adults; and to make recommendations for service integration.  The findings will inform a pilot model for service delivery by Interior Health.

    Sep 30

    Weighing in:  Current scientific evidence and community perspectives on obesity

     

    Learn more

    May 30

    Research on motion: Innovative approaches to support physical activity

    Learn more

    April 19

    On the Go: Exploring Mobility and Aging Issues in BC Rural Communities


    Presenters
    • Kathy Rush, PhD, RN, Associate Professor School of Nursing, UBCO
    • Elisabeth Antifeau, RN, MScN, GNC (C), Practice Lead, Community Care Special Populations, Community Integrated Health Services, Interior Health

    Abstract
    This IHLCDP Research Interest Group is exploring the concept of mobility with well seniors, those with compromised health issues and the community providers who seek to support them in rural British Columbia communities.  In this session, the researchers will share preliminary findings from their pilot work and discuss implications for a model of rural mobility.

    April 12th

    Tobacco Reduction and Pregnancy:
    Taking Stock of the Evidence

    Learn about and discuss the current evidence from studies related to smoking and smoking cessation among pregnant and postpartum women and their partners. 

    The webinar will include presentations on the following topics:

    Tobacco reduction for pregnant and postpartum women and their partners:  Evidence from the FACET (Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco) studies
    Joan Bottorff and John Oliffe 

    Best practices related to smoking cessation for pregnant and postpartum women: So what’s the evidence now?
    Lorraine Greaves and Nancy Poole

    Abstract
    This webinar is co-sponsored by the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, and the FACET research program (www.facet.ubc.ca).

    March 15th

    Time Well Spent: Lessons Learned from Evaluating the Interior Health Primary Health Care (PHC) Integrated Health Networks (IHN)

    Presenters

    • James Coyle, MA, Leader - Performance Monitoring & Evaluation; Planning/Strategic Services, Interior Health
    • Maja Karlsson, MA, RD, CDE, Manager - Community Integrated Health Services, Central Okanagan, Interior Health

    Abstract
    This session will present the background, key evaluation findings, and the operation experience of conducting evaluation related to a number of PHC Integrated Health Networks that were implemented in 10 communities across the Interior of BC.  The main population involved in the IHNs were individuals with multiple chronic conditions. There will be significant opportunity for shared discussion.  

    March 8

    CIHR Cafe Scientifique presents

    Science on tap - quench your interest

    For Better or for Worse: Women's Efforts to Promote Men's Health

    Presenters

    • Joan Bottorff, Director, Institute for Healthy Living & Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC
    • John Oliffe, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UBC
    • Carole Robinson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health & Social Development, UBC

    Moderator

    • Marion Barschel, Journalist, CBC Daybreak

    Why is the average life expectancy for men 5 years less than women? Can men take responsibility for their own health? What do women have to do with men's health?

     February 22

    When Life Gets in the Way of Exercise:
    Concurrent Management of Exercise and Other Valued Life Goals

    Presenter

    • Dr. Mary Jung - Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan campus

    Abstract
    Ever wonder why some busy people are able to balance exercise (or adhere to any other complex health behaviour, for that matter) better than others?  Dr. Jung will discuss research findings related to the role self-confidence plays when schedules become hectic and good intentions fall short of actions.

     February 21

    Seizing the Opportunity of an Aging Population

    Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C.

    Seniors are a rich and vibrant part of our country, but do Canada's policies and programs meet the needs of our aging population? The Senate of Canada's Special Senate Committee on Aging pursued that question, issuing a final report in 2009. Senator Sharon Carstairs, who Chaired the committee, will be in Kelowna Feb. 21 to talk about the findings.

    "The impending reality of population aging presents a wide variety of complex challenges, ranging from financial security and retirement, to housing and transportation issues, to chronic diseases and health care needs," says Senator Carstairs. "But is also provides for us new opportunities for addressing these complex challenges in new, innovative and collaborative ways.

    "Rather than be overwhelmed by the 'tsunami' of aging, we need to act now to seize the opportunities presented by population aging," she says.

    Feedback

    • Very interesting, government needs to bring in programs to assist the elderly with medical problems and assistance. Wonderful to hear a woman senator speak.
    • Quiet, but effective speaker. Interesting comments proud we have women such as Sen. Carstairs and others in power who travel to speak on topics like ageism.
    • Very interesting and knowledgeable lady. I am proud to have a Senator of her caliber fighting for the rights of the elderly.
    • Excellent talk on the issues of aging and a warning that we are not prepared for all the folks coming along who will need services, medications, housing and social services. Most at risk are elderly women, First Nations and those with disabilities. She emphasized that we need to allow the elderly to move from one province to another (to be near family) and have their medication bills covered the same as in their  original province. A gripping subject well-delivered.  

    January 28

    Knowledge Translation: A Two-way Street for Innovation

    A case example in designing physical activity for people with a physical disability

    Dr. Amy Latimer, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Physical Activity Promotion for People with Mobility Impairment, Queen’s University.

    Director of “Revved Up”, a fitness facility for people with mobility impairments.

    Dr. Latimer’s presentation will focus on knowledge translation initiatives and how this has fostered a program of research examining the stigma-mitigating effects of physical activity of people with a physical disability.  

    Co-sponsored with Faculty of Health and Social Development - Human Kinetics

    January 18

    A Partnership in Research Series event

    Brief Intervention for Tobacco and Cannabis Use Among High Risk Middle School Students

    Presenters

    2010

    November 16

    A Partnership in Research Series event

    Improving the Health and Well-Being of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Interior of British Columbia

    Presenters

    October  26

    An  IHLCDP and Human Kinetics - Faculty of Health & Social Development are co-sponsoring the following event

    Community-Based Physical Activity Promotion: The Australian 10,000 Steps Experience

    Presented by visting scholar,  Dr. Kerry Mummery, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.

    Dr. Kerry Mummery is internationally-renowned scholar and educator in the area of physical activity. In this presentation he will describe methods used to promote health related physical activity to the population at the community level using examples from the award-winning 10,000 Steps program.

    October 13

    Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews

    UBCO Research Services and the IHLCDP are pleased to present  Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director CIHR Institute of Aging in a Roundtable Discussion regarding funding opportunities with the Institute of Aging and CIHR.

    October 13

    Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Symposium

    The IHLCDP is pleased to host an informative, interactive symposium with keynote speaker, Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Scientific Director CIHR Institute of Aging.  This symposium is for those interested in the issues surrounding healthy aging while managing chronic disease and is free to attend. 

    September 21

     

    Partnerships in Research Series presents

    Round Peg in a Square Hole: Challenging Our Thinking About Program Evaluation

    Presenters

    • Dr. Carole Robinson, Assoicate Professor, School of Nursing UBC Okanagan
    • Tom Fulton, Chief of Professional Practice & Nursing, Interior Health
    • Alice Mah Wren, Director, Seniors Health, Interior Health

    August 26

    Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco Research Project (FACET)

    Farther....Faster....Social Networking for Knowledge Translation in Health Research

    Presenters

    May 4   

    The Clean Air Coalition (a partnership of the Heart & Stroke Foundaton of BC & Yukon and the BC Lung Association) hosted a Knowledge Exchange Teleconference Meeting

    Women's Tobacco Reduction During Pregnancy and Postpartum:
    What's New? What's Next? 

    Presenter

    The IHLCDP hosted a video conference link for the Vancouver based Symposium

    Understanding the Role of Sedentary Behaviour and Bone Health in Senior with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 

    Presenters

    • Drs. David Dunstan and Genevieve Healy

    April 13

    Brown Bag Lunch with the Research Interest Group Award Recipients

    Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Rural and Urban Caregivers

    Presenters

    March 18

    Workshop

    Building and Sustaining Successful Partnerships in Community-Based Health Research: Lessons from the Field

    Presenters

    March 9

    CIHR Cafe Scientifique at The Bohemian Cafe

    "Let's Talk About Marijuana & Teens"

    Hosted by Marion Barschel, CBC Daybreak

    Panelists

    This event was held in conjunction with UBC Research Week

    March 4

    Networking Forum - The Child and Youth Health Research Network and Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH), in association with the IHLCDP

    Presenters

    • Drs. Judy Gillespie, Lynn Malinsky

    February 22

    Brown Bag Lunch with the Research Interest Group Award Recipients

    Food System GeoWeb Mapping for the Central Okanagan

    Presenters

    January 18

    Brown Bag Lunch with the Research Interest Group Award Recipients

    Metis Hunting and Gathering Project

    Presenter

    2009

    December  15       

    Workshop

    Writing Non Tri-Council Grants and Proposals

    Presenter

    • Dr. Meredith Lilly

    November 16

    Brown Bag Lunch for Partnerships in Research Team

    Innovative Tobacco Reduction Approaches for New Fathers

    Presenters

    September 3

    Institute Open House

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