The first provincial research showcase.

B.C.'s health research month is designed to educate, inform, inspire and stimulate. Every year, Fraser Health collaborates with partner organizations to bring together researchers and students, patients and health care providers, decision-makers and members of the public to learn, share ideas and spark innovation. Our events are open to all.

Five Days in May 2023

2023 marks the second year of Five Days in May, and is a collaboration between Fraser Health, Interior Health, Island Health and Northern Health, in partnership with the BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (BC NEIHR).

May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30Join us online every Tuesday to learn how research is transforming health and care across the province.

  • All events will take place online via Zoom.
  • All are free and open to everyone.
  • Registration is required. Please register using the links below.
  • May 2 | Indigenous health

    Indigenous-led research: Fostering wellness, strengthening knowledge

    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    • Opening and welcome
    • Exploring the experiences of First Nations Mental Health and Wellness Services with Skú7pecen (Porcupine) (Nikki Hunter, Thompson Rivers University)
    • Revegetation of industry-disturbed aquatic ecosystems in the Swan River Watershed to promote the physical, mental, cultural and spiritual wellness of the Swan River First Nation (SRFN/Wapsewsipi) (Holly McVea, University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Auntie-work: In the face of settler colonial demands for cultural safety and reconciliation (Vanessa Mitchell, University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Dakelh midwifery past and present: Implications of Dakelh-led curriculum (Marion Erickson, Thompson Rivers University)
    • Safeguarding the ceremony of birth: Indigenous-led strategies for improving doula care in Vancouver (Danette Jubinville, Simon Fraser University)

    Determinants of Indigenous health in Canada: Ongoing work and research opportunities

    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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    • BC’s Network Environment for Indigenous health research: Overview and opportunities (Laura McNab-Coombs, Indigenous health research facilitator - Northern and Interior, BC NEIHR; University of Victoria)
    • Determinants of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples’ health in Canada: Opportunities and applied work (Roseann Larstone, PhD; regional director, Indigenous Health, Northern Health)
  • May 9 | Seniors health

    Advancing care and technology to improve quality of life for seniors

    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    • A learning health system approach to improving cognitive care at Island Health (Alex Henri-Bhargava, MDCM, MScCH, FRCPC, medical director, Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative; neurologist, Island Health)
    • Improving access to virtual health care for older adults and long-term care and assisted living settings: Initiatives and innovations at Fraser Health (Maria Montenegro, leader, Virtual Care, VH Evaluations and Strategies; Joanna Rivera, research coordinator, VH Evaluations and Strategies, Fraser Health; Janice Sorensen, leader, Clinical Research, Long-Term Care and Assisted Living, Fraser Health)
    • Virtual reality for older adults’ health and well-being (Joanna Harrison, executive director, Seniors Specialize Care Transformation, Interior Health; Karen Littleton, director, Clinical Services, Pandemic Response, Interior Health; Paula Morrison, research coordinator, Research and Quality, Long-Term Care and Seniors Care, Interior Health; Jake Pechauer, growth manager, Rendever; Michelle Smith, regional practice lead, Research and Quality, Long-Term Care and Seniors Care, Interior Health)
    • DREAM - Dementia resources for eating, activity and meaningful inclusion (Shannon Freeman, PhD, University of Northern British Columbia)
  • May 16 | Planetary health

    Climate change adaptability: Meeting risks and building resilience

    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    • Climate change and COVID-19: The impacts on mental health in rural B.C. communities (Nelly D. Oelke, RN, PHD, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan and Carolyn Szostak, PHD, Psychology, UBC Okanagan)
    • What do we need to know? Embedding Planetary Health in Fraser Health (Darryl Quantz, MFPH, MPH, MSc; lead, Planetary Health, Fraser Health; Amy Lubik, PhD, policy analyst, Population and Public Health Program, Fraser Health)
  • May 23 | Mental health

    Mitigating burnout and promoting psychological health and safety for health care providers

    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    • Mitigating stress and burnout in health care professionals (Jane Gair, PhD; Division of Medical Sciences, UVic; Olav Krigolson, PhD; School of Exercise Science, UVic)
    • Implementation of the Synergy Tool: A potential intervention to relieve health care worker burnout (Farinaz (Naz) Havaei, PhD; School of Nursing, UBC)
    • The invisible impact of the pandemic: Mental health and health care providers (Sarah Crowe, critical care nurse practitioner, Fraser Health)
  • May 30 | Harm reduction and closing forum

    Harm reduction for hardly-reached people and places

    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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    • Substance drug checking: Expanding access across Vancouver Island through a distributed model (Taylor Teal, training developer and facilitator, Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project)
    • Substance use patterns among international students from Punjab living in B.C.’s Lower Mainland (Nitasha Puri, MD CCFP(AM) dipl.ABAM FASAM, clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC; medical lead, Roshni Clinic; Addiction Medicine and Substance Use Services, Fraser Health; Gurkirat Singh Nijjar, UBC undergraduate student, Founder Team SOUDA)
    • Accessing tablet injectable opioid agonist therapy in rural and smaller urban settings in B.C.: Policy and practice implications (Geoff Bardwell, PhD; assistant professor, School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo; research scientist, BC Centre on Substance Use)

    Closing forum: Reflections and future perspectives

    2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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    Join us to reflect on what we've heard and learned throughout the month, and be part of the conversation about the future of health research in B.C.

    • Moderator: Bev Holmes (PhD, C. Dir.), president and CEO of Michael Smith Health Research BC
    • Thematic summaries of each event from the day's moderators
    • Health research opportunities with REACH BC (Stefanie Cheah, manager)

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