MSFHR board member, CSO lead new Indigenous health centre

12 May 2014

A new UBC research centre co-led by MSFHR board member Dr. Nadine Caron and MSFHR chief scientific officer Dr. Martin Schechter will support training, research, and resources for Indigenous health in British Columbia.

The recently launched UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) aims to build capacity for research in Indigenous health while promoting collaboration and partnership with Aboriginal communities across the province.

“The health disparities that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians are persistent,” Schechter said in a UBC media release. “The centre will work to find ways to advance the health of Indigenous people, leading to better outcomes for patients.”

Based at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, the CEIH will be the single coordinating point for Aboriginal-related health initiatives within UBC, as well as a contact for health organizations external to UBC. Among the centre’s key goals are the recruitment and education of Indigenous students in the health professions.

Caron is a general and endocrine surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia and an assistant professor in UBC’s Northern Medical Program. Schechter is a professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, as well as a founder and national director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network.

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