Issue No. 23 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

January 2016

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Voices Newsletter

Reaching over 1400 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.


Call for Nominations!

Do you know a patient / community member who has made a difference to student learning at UBC?

Named after long-time community educator, R. Paul Kerston, this award was established in 2014 to honour outstanding patients and community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional professional boundaries. Read more...

View eligibility criteria here.
For a nomination form click here.
Send questions to

Nomination deadline: March 31st
Award(s) announced: June

Editorial on 'Where's the Patient's Voice' published 

Dr. Jill Thistlethwaite published an Editorial on the 'Where's the Patient's Voice' conference in the January issue International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care Vol. 3 No 2 201, pages ii-iv.

The article highlights the progress made since the first conference 10 years ago.  Read more...

2016 Rick Hansen Access Innovation Competition

UBC Young Women in Science & Engineering present
What: The 2016 Rick Hansen Access Innovation Competition
When: March 29, 2016 - 5-8pm
Where: Performance Theatre
The Nest, 2nd Floor - 6133 University Blvd.

Two ways to get involved:

1) Call for Access Challenges:
Have you encountered a barrier or access issue or have ideas for an accessibly challenge for the competition? A wheelchair that can cross sand? A method to vote from home? We would love to hear your ideas! Select challenge(s) will be presented at the competition.

Email your challenge by Feb 12th to: 
2) Compete in the Challenge:
Register to take part in an interactive evening of innovation, design, and talks from leading experts. Competing groups will be given an access challenge and present their solutions
to a panel of experts.

The winning team will be awarded with the 2016 Rick Hansen Access Innovation Award and an opportunity to further develop their solution.

Register by March 16th
To register:
click here

Become a VCH Home Health Volunteer!

Need to enhance your interpersonal skills and expand your knowledge of community and public health issues for our aging population? Are you seeking hands on experience supporting the wellness goals of a person in need in the community for your career development?

VCH is seeking dedicated volunteers to support our Home Health Outreach Program clients. Read more...

For more information, please call
Katharine at 604-301-3883

Apply online at and select “Vancouver Coastal Health - Community”

Talk is Cheap: Living and Communicating with Aphasia

 Thursday, February 4th, 2016
When:  5:30-7:30pm
Where: Friedman building, UBC

The Patient & Community Voices project invites UBC students to attend an upcoming community-driven interprofessional workshop!

The workshop will give students an opportunity to learn what life is like with aphasia – a communication disorder that is the result of brain injury, most commonly stroke.

Experts with aphasia will present information about their communication challenges and describe their health care experiences.

These workshops are designed for UBC students studying health and human services and are eligible for 30 Exposure points in the IPE passport.

Space is limited. Registration required.
Contact or to register click here.

Save the Date: Health Mentors Symposium 2016


What: Health Mentors Symposium 2016
When: April 26, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: UBC Life Sciences Centre

Purpose: Health Mentors program participants will share what they have learned about chronic disease self-management and health care team work.

The Health Mentors Program is a innovative 16-month interprofessional learning initiative at UBC that began in 2011. It is designed to better prepare future health professionals to provide high quality care appropriate for an ageing population, with an emphasis on chronic disease, interprofessional teamwork, and working in partnership with patients and families.

Students from different health disciplines learn together from and with a mentor (patient/client), who has a chronic condition or disability, and is an expert in their life. About 200 students from 9 different disciplines take part each year.

Brought to you by:

Patient & Community Partnership for Education
Office of the Vice-Provost Health
Woodward Instructional Resources Center
400 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada
Tel: (604) 822-8002