Issue No. 2 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC.

April 2014

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Community Voices Newsletter

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


Upcoming Meeting of Experts Workshops for UBC Students

Positive Reflections and Voices Unheard: Learning from Persons Living with HIV
Date: Thursday, April 3rd 2014
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH

This workshop will introduce students to the challenges of living with HIV through personal stories and reflections of community members living with this health concern.  Students also will receive information about support and advocacy resources available within Vancouver-based community organizations serving persons living with HIV.

Space is limited to 20 students

Attendance at this workshop is worth 40 exposure level points on the IPE passport


To register go to


For other inquiries contact Brianne Nettelfield at


Art & Arthritis with Otto Kamensek

Shard's, Bone Deep

Ceramics Artist in Residence, Otto Kamensek, discusses the release of pain, frustration and stress through art. Otto is an accomplished ceramic artist, community volunteer, and an Emeritus member of the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. He was involved in the development of one of the original 'Meeting of Experts' workshops and has spoken nationally and internationally on art & health issues to audiences of students, artists, health professionals and the general public.

Otto is using his year-long residency to explore and create a body of work related to his health and how it has affected his own body and the world around him. His goal is to create a conversation about what art and health care can offer one another. He will do a tour of his studio and exhibition at the Port Moody Arts Centre April 17 - May 8, 2014.

Reservations required. Please call 604-931-2008 to book your seat.

To get an idea of what his show will hold, check out his talk on YouTube.   

Masters' thesis derives learning from 8-year community-university partnership


A partnership between Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society (Xyolhemeylh) and the UBC Division of Health Care Communication (DHCC) has been the subject of a case study by Mali Bain, graduate student in the UBC Faculty of Education. Mali learned about the unique program for UBC students to learn alongside Aboriginal youth at summer camps while attending a conference where it received the McConnell award for community service-learning in 2012.

Building on a framework of community-university engagement and decolonization this case study explores a partnership between Xyolhemeylh and DHCC. The ‘Community as Teacher’ program, which began in 2006, engages groups of UBC health professional students in 3-day cultural summer camps.


The findings of the study are framed within ‘Four Rs’ - Relevance, Risk-taking, Respect, and Relationship-building. Building on a foundation of relevance to the mission of both partners, they undertook risk-taking, based on their respective contexts, in establishing and continuing to invest in the relationship. Respect, as expressed by working ‘in a good way’, formed the basis for interpersonal relationship-building. For the complete thesis, visit

Registration for 2014 summer camps coming soon! Contact Cathy Kline at for more information.


UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors program

3rd Annual Health Mentors Symposium
Check out what health professional students have been learning from people living with chronic or disabling conditions and learn about this remarkable learning experience.
When: April 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: West Atrium, UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
To register: email

6th Annual Allies in Health Community and Patient Fair: Students & Faculty needed to sit on the planning committee


We’re recruiting new members to our fair planning committee! The Allies in Health Fair is an annual, one-day interprofessional event that connects community-based organizations, patient support groups and individuals involved in these agencies with students and faculty at UBC. It is part of UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week, which is held annually in late October. The Fair recognizes the unique expertise and role of people in the community in the education of health professionals and promotes meaningful partnerships between UBC and the communities it serves.
Members of the planning committee attend three planning committees between June-November, review recommendations from previous fairs to assist with decision making the 2014 fair and support the fair coordinator in fundraising efforts.

If you are a UBC student, faculty member or member of a community organization interested in supporting health professional education e-mail Fair Coordinator Brianne Nettelfield at for more information.

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