Issue No.15 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

may 2015

Issue 15

In this issue
Other News

Have a news story for the next issue?

Send your stories or news item about patient or community voices in health professional education to Cathy Kline at

For more news and events...

Voices Newsletter

Reaching over 1200 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.


UBC Celebrates 10 years of cultural camps

On May 22, 2015, Stó:lō youth, caregivers, camp leaders and coordinators who have been part of Xyolhemeylh Cultural Camps gathered to share stories and reflect on camps past. Special thanks to Natalie Brandon and Harley Chappell for making it happen! 

The event marked the 10th anniversary of a partnership with the UBC Division of Health Care Communication in which UBC students began going to the camps to learn alongside Aboriginal youth and experience the lifestyles of the Stó:lō people a decade ago. Read more...

UBC health care students apply now for 2015 camps:

Natural Changes (females) July 21-24
Warrior (males) July 21-24
Caregiver (foster care familes) July 15-17
Family August 11-13
Youth Days (1 day / no overnight) July 9, July 30, August 6

Complete an application form
Email Gabby John:

Space is limited to 6 students per camp. UBC students apply by June 5th.

Camps are eligible for 30 exposure points on the IPE passport.

UBC 'Talk to Your Doc' program featured in Cultures West

The UBC 'Talk to Your Doc' program made headlines in the Spring issue of Cultures West magazine, a publication by AMSSA - the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies in BC.

The Spring 2015 Edition highlights the issue of health and immigrant and refugee women. It is distributed to multicultural societies and immigrant settlement service providers, universities, public libraries, and to elected officials across British Columbia.

The article features work by the UBC Division of Health Care Communication to teach people in the community to facilitate workshops on how to talk with doctors as well as skills to help women to be more involved in their health care. Read more...

Health Professional Student Journal: Call for submissions!

Editorial Team: Zarina Giannone, Laura Bulk, and Jae-Yung Kwon

The Health Professional Student Journal (HPSJ) aims to improve care in our communities by supporting interprofessional learning among colleagues and individuals who use healthcare services.

Each issue aims to have at least one piece from a community member / patient. Creative submissions are welcome.

If you'd like to submit a piece, please contact the HPSJ editor, Laura Bulk, at

Living a Life of Recovery workshop June 4th

Members of the Recovery Narrative Project will share their varied life experiences both in and out of the community mental health system. Read more...

Workshop: Living a Life of Recovery
When: Thursday, June 4th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Raven Song Community Centre

Registration is required.

This workshop is for students in UBC health and human service programs.
Space is limited to 20 students!
Attendance is worth 40 exposure points on your IPE Passport.

Health Mentors needed!

Do you have a chronic condition or disability or care for someone who does? Share your experiences with students in the UBC Health Mentors Program. Read more...

Mentor Application form
Caregiver Application form
Deadline to apply July 31, 2015.


Mentor Spotlight: Wendy Station

Tweet: You can’t always stop the rain, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was an umbrella for everyone?

As a survivor of an acquired brain injury, Wendy has enjoyed being a member of the UBC Health Mentors Program over the past school year.

On Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 Wendy's group presented what they have learned at the annual Health Mentors Program Symposium in the Life Sciences Centre on campus. 

The group's 'tweet' was accompanied by a poster board display that showed the issues that one may struggle with once home from the hospital, each of these falling upon an umbrella which was supported by the many professionals available to help.

"It’s an experience of learning from each other, and I have been delighted to take part. I hope that more survivors and caregivers in the Lower Mainland will consider taking part next year." says Wendy.

Where's the Patient's Voice Conference Update

Where's the patient's voice in health professional education 10 years on?
Vancouver, Nov.12-14, 2015

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Over 180 abstracts were received from around the world including, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, UK and USA.

Abstracts are being reviewed by the conference committee. Watch for the program to be available later this summer!

Register now to get the early bird rate!
To register click here.


Brought to you by:

Division of Health Care Communication
College of Health Disciplines
Woodward Instructional Resources Center
400 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada
Tel: (604) 822-8002