Join us for Health xChange, an evening of PechaKucha and networking

12 April 2017

Join MSFHR and the BC SUPPORT Unit for an evening of inspiring stories about how community engaged research can make a difference in creating healthy people and healthy communities.

Hosted by Michael Unger of Nerd Nite Vancouver, 10 speakers will share their innovative approaches to community engaged research and knowledge translation. Using a PechaKucha format (20 images x 20 seconds), each of our speakers will have just over six minutes to share their big ideas.

We hope you will join us on May 9, 2017 to learn from and network with others passionate about including patients in health research through creative knowledge translation activities.

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Venue: Steamworks Brew Pub, 375 Water Street, Vancouver
Join the conversation: #HealthxChange

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

Thank you to everyone who has already registered for Health xChange. The response has been extremely positive and we are currently at capacity. However, please add your name to the waitlist and tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis as they become available.

Jonathan Aitken
The NYC PARCS project: Using human-centered design to maximize use of community parks in Harlem


Jonathan has a passion for unraveling complex problems and designing creative solutions that help effect real change. His education in communication and industrial design help bring an interdisciplinary focus to his work, and his creative solutions include interaction, industrial, and communication design. Jonathan is now excited to be establishing Tacit Design Strategy, offering his own unique blend of co-creative and participatory design research practices to a broad base of clients.

Faith Eiboff
A peer-driven initiative to engage formerly homeless citizens in knowledge exchange


Faith is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia completing an interdisciplinary doctoral degree. Her research bridges the disciplines of public health and psychiatry to advance knowledge of the complex inter-relationships between housing and health, with a focus on the intersections of gender, violence and trauma, and homelessness.

Dr. Olivier Ferlatte
Still Here: Sparking a community conversation on suicide prevention with photovoice


Olivier is a post-doctoral research fellow with the men’s health research program. He has over 10 years of experience working in gay men’s health promotion and research. His research focuses on the relationships between marginalization, violence, social inequity, and health outcomes among gay and bisexual men. Olivier is the lead researcher for Still Here, a photovoice project looking at suicide in LGBT adults.

Anastasia Gaisenok
From surviving to thriving: Critical health literacy for youth


Anastasia is the executive director at Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network, a youth-driven not-for-profit organization that educates, activates and empowers young people to engage in social, environmental and economic justice movements and to create a more equitable, democratic and sustainable future. Her passion is building a more just and sustainable world through popular education and mobilization.

Christa Hoy
Choose to move: A partnership approach to enhance the health of older adults


Christa is a research manager at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She is interested in understanding how evidence-based health promotion programs work in the real world. She is currently leading the evaluation of ‘Choose to Move,’ a choice-based physical activity program for sedentary older adults across BC. Christa engages with stakeholders at multiple levels to understand key factors that help or hinder program implementation.

Dr. Jesse Kancir
This book will save a life: The power of medical humanities


Jesse is a resident physician in public health and preventive medicine at the University of British Columbia with training in public policy and health economics and the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. In addition to working in medicine, Jesse has served as policy advisor to federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott and represented medical students nationally as president of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.

Natasha Kolida
The power of blogs as vessels of knowledge translation


Natasha is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia where she studies human development, learning, and culture. She is a peer researcher with the CREST.BD network and has her own organization called Redefining Bipolar. Additionally, Natasha works as a peer support facilitator for mental health groups in Vancouver.

Patrick McDougall
Finishing the story: Using spoken word poetry to translate research findings


Patrick is the knowledge translation and evaluation coordinator at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Since 1997, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has operated the Dr. Peter Centre which is an international leader in HIV care for treatment and prevention for persons living with vulnerabilities such as mental illness, addictions, poverty, homelessness, trauma and social isolation.

Alina McKay
Making research accessible initiative: Developing an online platform for information exchange


Alina is a PhD candidate at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. She also works at the UBC Learning Exchange on a project that focuses on improving access to research for people living and working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Dr. Peter Wood
The right to a healthy environment: Building a movement to change Canada’s constitution


Peter has worked on a variety of issues at the nexus of environmental and human rights for over 15 years, including for organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law, Global Witness, and the UN. He is currently national campaign manager, environmental rights, at the David Suzuki Foundation and manages the Foundation's Blue Dot campaign, which seeks to enshrine environmental rights within Canada's constitution. Peter holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and his dissertation focussed on international environmental law and its impact on forest conservation.

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