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Summer School 2017: Topic Introductions

PHABC Summer School 2017



Facing a Changing World:
Transformative Leadership & Practice

With only 3 weeks left until our annual summer school, ‘Facing a Changing World: Transformative Leadership & Practice,’ we are pleased to share with you introductions to each topic we will be covering. We hope that you are as excited for the summer school as we are and hope to see you all at one of the four locations on July 6th and 7th! It’s not too late to register!


Child & Youth Care

BC Children and Youth are experiencing issues related to anxiety and mental health, and while the causes are multifactorial, there are socially innovative approaches that are being undertaken to try to address this. Dr. Gordie Hogg, Ashley Frerichs (youth co-researcher), and Dr. Gord Miller will be presenting work they have been involved in related to meaningful collaboration and engagement of children and youth in the examination of relevant issues. Social innovation and policy creation approaches will be explored related to our most vulnerable young people.



Indigenous Health

Diverse health concerns are ever present in the Indigenous communities of Canada; communities which are affected by all social determinants of health, as well as by a complex history of colonialism, racism, and residential schools. Leslie Bonshor, of the Tzeachten First Nation, and Elder Roberta Price, of the Snuneymuxw and Cowichan First Nations, have worked tirelessly for decades to provide leadership and raise awareness about these health issues concerning Indigenous peoples. They are devoted to creating positive social change and will explore how we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities.



Immigrant and Refugee Health

The increasing diversity of Canada’s immigrant and refugee populations raises important concerns regarding the health-related needs of these populations, particularly in the context of the challenges posed by the social, economic, geographical, cultural and environmental exigencies that accompany the process of migration. In this session, Dr. Karen Kobayashi and Sara Hosseina will be tackling issues regarding the health needs of immigrants and refugees in Canada.



Planetary Health – Healthy Built Environment

High-income countries are 80 – 90% urbanized and we spend 90% of our time indoors, so the built environment is by far the most common environment for humans in the 21st century; it needs to be health-enhancing. But we also spend 100% of our time living within the natural ecosystems that are the ultimate determinants of our health. Thus the built and natural environments are of vital concern, and yet we have not been doing a great job at creating healthy environments in recent decades. It is clear that we need to transform the way we live within and manage these environments in the 21st century. In this session, Victoria Barr, Shannon Clarke and Trevor Hancock will explore three innovative BC-based approaches to managing the built environment in holistic ways that will create better health and greater ecological sustainability.

We hope you will join us for two unforgettable days of presentations and discussions with industry leaders and innovators.

Click here to register now!