Issue No.7 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC


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Reaching over 1000 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.


R. Paul Kerston Award Call for nominations!

After tireless and exemplary service in the community and university, Paul Kerston has retired. Paul took on many roles at UBC including community educator, teacher, mentor, collaborator, advisory board member - to name a few.

Paul says he got involved at UBC to "give back to my community" but also because "there is a great deal that individuals can teach future health care professionals about themselves, their preferences, their experiences, whatever health-related challenges they face and their hopes - that's gold for future health care professionals to learn."

In honour of Paul's contributions, an annual award has been established in his name to recognize outstanding community educators who have made a difference to student education at UBC.

The award honours patients / community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional professional boundaries. Read more about the nomination process...

2014 Nomination deadline: Sept 30th.
Send your nominations to: 
Cathy Kline at

UBC community educator helps launch new website for mental health

For the past three years, Jude Swanson has been an educator with UBC Patient & Community Voices (PCV). 

He and his colleagues from the Recovery Narrative Project (RNP) teach UBC health care students about the stigma of mental illness in PCV workshops and at the annual Allies in Health Fair.

"We hope that sharing our life experience with students will help them in their careers and decrease some of the stigma that surrounds mental illness." says Jude.

Dedicated to ending the shame and stigma of mental illness, Jude used his expertise to help develop a website for people with mental illness. The website can be found at

You can meet Jude and hear his story on Wednesday October 29th, 10:30am-3pm at the 6th Annual Allies in Health Fair, UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Campus. 

To register email:  

UBC Health care students learn cultural safety from an Aboriginal community

Thank you to Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (Xyolhemeylh) for another successful year of summer camps!

This summer, 18 UBC students from medicine, social work, pharmaceutical sciences, counselling psychology and occupational therapy had the privilege of learning first-hand about the lifestyles and traditions of the Stó:lō people.

Since 2006, 136 students have taken part in the program. 

Many thanks to Natalie Brandon, Harley Chappell, Marilyn Collins, Sonja Mussell, and Darla Rasmussen for making it happen this year.

Special thanks to the Elders, camp leaders and youth for teaching these future health care providers and to the students who took part. 

Publication: Kline C, Godolphin W, Chhina G, & Towle A. (2013). Community as teacher model: Health profession students learn cultural safety from an Aboriginal community. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 20(1), 5-17.

Health Mentor Student Spotlight: Jessica Bie

I am thankful for the opportunity to engage in UBC’s Health Mentors Program as it provided irreplaceable experiences for me as a nursing student.

Being a part of the program, I was able to work alongside students in other disciplines to form an interdisciplinary team, along with a mentor in the community who suffered from a chronic condition.

Our team consisted of students from Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Medicine, and Nursing. The four of us, alongside our mentor were able to delve deep into issues that are culturally rooted into our health care system, such as the incongruences our health mentor felt with his interdisciplinary team and the lack of communication between members.

Read more of Jessica's story...


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