Supporting mental health in rural communities

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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.

The team includes representatives from Interior Health, community organizations, a community member and UBC researchers Drs. Carolyn Szostak and  IHLCDP Associate Jon Corbett.

The team are using social network analysis, focus groups, and community meetings to explore and facilitate collaborations among participating organizations and set priorities for addressing needs of this target population.