March 6th, 2019
Small Steps for Big Changes Showcase
On Monday March 4th, IHCLDP Associate, Dr. Mary Jung, Dr. Corliss Bean, and the Diabetes Prevention Research Group at the University of British Columbia hosted a knowledge sharing event that showcased the Small Steps for Big Changes program, a lifestyle counselling program that can help people make lasting dietary and exercise changes in order to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This program is run in partnership with the YMCA of Okanagan and is hosted in the community at the downtown YMCA. The event involved 54 key stakeholders in diabetes prevention, including UBC students, faculty and staff, YMCA board of directors, managers, and frontline staff, and members of Interior Health Authority and the City of Kelowna, physicians, and program alumni and shared program successes and impacts over the past 18 months, as well as next steps for the program. Specifically, the partners are working to translate the program into the YMCA where frontline staff will be trained to deliver the program. This will aid in program contextualization in the community and sustainability.
To find out more about the Small Steps for Big Changes, please visit: http://ok-smallsteps.sites.olt.ubc.ca/
Click here for a summary of the event and information about next steps for the Small Steps for Big Changes program.
February 16, 2019
Psychological impact of natural disaster
A new study is underway to explore the psychological impact of floods, wildfires and other natural disasters that result from climate change. Leading this study are UBC Okanagan researchers Dr. Carolyn Szostak, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Dr. Nelly Oelke, Associate Professor in Nursing and IHLCDP Associate. The researchers are interested in talking with people living in the Okanagan-Similkameen area — an area hit hard by wildfires and floods last year to learn more about the long-term impacts. Working with the research team are Brandy Lynch and Ali Caldwell, UBCO undergraduate students in psychology who are completing their honours thesis on the topic. Residents and service/support providers whose work-related responsibilities were impacted by the wildfires and/or floods in the region are invited to contact the study team for more information by email: carolyn@email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 250-807-8736.
February 12, 2019
Caregiver Decision Guide
Dr. Carole Robinson, Professor Emeritus and IHLCDP Associate (retired), in the School of Nursing, and her team have launched a new interactive decision guide to support family caregivers for someone with a serious life-limiting illness. Developed with the assistance of family caregivers, users are guided through four steps that include thinking about caregiving now, how the needs for caregiving might change, exploring supports and resources available to support caregiving, and considering options for caregiving. Each step of the Guide generates questions that help inform a personal decision about what is best for caregiving now or if things change. The aim of the guide is to prepare family caregivers for conversations with trusted health providers (family doctor, nurse, social worker, or volunteer) so that they are supported in the critically important work they do and, at the same time, maintain wellbeing.
The Caregiver Decision Guide can be accessed here: caregiverdecisionguide.ca
Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment – TYDE
The TYDE Project is bringing together community partners, researchers and self-advocates from across BC to work together to improve the employment outcomes of transitioning youth with intellectual disabilities (ID) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research shows employment to be a critical social determinant of health – affecting both physical and mental health. In Canada working age individuals with ID and/or ASD represent the most unemployed and underemployed citizens in Canada. You can learn about the work that the TYDE team have underway to foster the inclusion and citizenship of youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to adult life in their first newsletter.
June 26, 2018
Research-to-Practice in real time
Dr. Sana Shahram, IHLCDP Associate and MSFHR Post-doctoral Research Fellow, shares her experiences as Embedded Health Equity Scholar at Interior Health (IH) in her recent blog. Situated in IH’s Population Health and Research portfolios, Dr. Shahram is carving out a new role as a researcher to support the implementation of research findings into system-level changes to promote health equity. What is particularly unique about her work as an Embedded Scholar is that she has the opportunity to apply her research expertise from within the systems she is investigating – closing the gap between research and practice in health systems research.
June 21, 2018
Launching a Mobile Men’s Shed to enhance rural men’s wellbeing
In a one year study, IHLCDP Associate Dr. Nelly Oelke, and her team are teaming up with the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association to deliver and evaluate a mobile Men’s Shed to rural communities in the Southern Okanagan Similkameen.
June 10, 2018
Helping paramedics endure trauma
It is estimated that 1 in 4 paramedics are at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their exposure to traumatic calls – a rate that is higher than among firefighters or police. Debriefing reactions to traumatic events with peers holds potential for mitigating the negative effects of these experiences. However, few studies have been conducted with paramedics. In a qualitative study, IHLCDP Associate Cheryl Drewitz-Chesney explored peer communication and support among paramedics following traumatic calls. Factors influencing paramedic communication and their ability to process experiences in responding to traumatic emergency calls included norms related to sharing emotions, acknowledgement of links between PTSD and risk of suicide, and provision of peer support programs by employers. This research was completed as part of a Masters of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.
Developing Indigenous Pathways for Diabetes and Obesity Prevention and Management
IHLCDP Associates Dr. Donna Kurtz, Ms. Leslie Bryant, and Dr. Charlotte Jones will work with six BC Interior Friendship and Métis Centres to blend traditional and western knowledge to optimized health and health equity in holistic, patient-centred diabetes and obesity care.
Designing a smoking cessation program for Indigenous dads
IHLCDP Director, Dr. Joan Bottorff and Ms. Danielle Wilson are leading a team to develop a smoking cessation program for Indigenous fathers and grandfathers who want to quit smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
The ABCs of Assessing Physical Literacy in Older Adults
Dr. Gareth Jones, IHLCDP Associate, wants to foster successful aging by promoting physical literacy in older adults. This project will focus on developing an evidence-based assessment battery to measure and monitor physical literacy in older adults across Canada.
The Virtual Atrial Fibrillation Clinic: Improving Specialty Care Delivery in Rural Communities
IHLCDP Associate Dr. Kathy Rush is addressing the lack specialty (cardiac) care in rural communities shown to reduce emergency department use and improve older adults’ ability to manage Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
Supporting mental health in rural communities
Dr. Nelly Oelke, IHLCDP Associate and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, is leading a program of community-based research focused on improving services and supports for adults 50 and over with mental health concerns in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.