About the Institute

Our Mission

The mission of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is to create and use new knowledge to enhance healthy living and chronic disease prevention through the development of interdisciplinary and community-based collaborations.

Our Vision

The Institute for Health Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is an innovative and collaborative research centre that places UBC Okanagan in the forefront of community-based health promoting research through advancing research methods, building research capacity and fostering the use of knowledge in ways that benefit individuals, families and communities and reduce the burden of chronic disease.

Our Values

Excellence – in community-based health promoting research, knowledge transfer and exchange.

Innovation – designing and conducting cutting-edge research and its application.

Partnership and Collaboration – meaningful engagement through all phases of the research process with a wide range of stakeholders. This fosters relevant research that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Accounting for Diversity – acknowledging that differences related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, and socio-economic status matter when it comes to health, and these complex interactive factors need to be integrated into health research.

Equity – committed to conducting research that will enhance equitable access to health for all.

Inclusiveness – engaging those who have a stake in issues or problems that influence healthy living and that this is important for finding effective solutions and for using new knowledge.

Commitment to Learning – respecting a wide range of expertise and experiences that can inform the production of knowledge and its use; providing research training opportunities and building capacity to use research findings.

“Walking our Talk” – modelling healthy living in how and where we work.


2019 - 2020 Annual Report

Each year the Institute prepares an Annual Report detailing our activities, events, featured research and community projects that are ongoing as part of our mandate. The Annual Reports for the past years are included below.