UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic Okanagan.

Strategic Review of Health at UBC Okanagan

Dear colleagues,

Since the inception of UBC Okanagan in 2005, our campus has experienced tremendous growth—both in student population as well as our research and program offerings. This dramatic growth has included an expansion of health-related activities and programming across all faculties at UBC Okanagan. Earlier this year, UBC Health, which facilitates health-related collaborations across all disciplines at UBC’s two campuses, released its strategic plan—Better Health Together.

Now is an opportune time to build on the current momentum on the Okanagan campus around health-related activities. Recent growth and evolving plans and opportunities are a good foundation for strategizing health-related programming at UBC Okanagan. We are pleased to announce that the Office of the Provost is undertaking an external review of the campus’ health programming and activities, with an emphasis on enabling collaboration, growth and better support for health-related teaching, research and community engagement—across and within all faculties, as well as with our Indigenous and community partners.

This is an important exercise to determine an overall approach to developing a sustainable Health Strategy for our campus that will inform diverse outcomes—such as faculty recruitment, program development, integrating health-related research and teaching and others.

The terms of reference guiding the review include the following objectives:

  1. Review the constitution, balance and coordination of health-related clinical, educational and research programs at UBC Okanagan, as well as the strength of key strategic relationships/collaborations.
  2. Provide recommendations about future growth and development of health programs at UBC Okanagan.

The review process will consist of in-person and remote interviews with UBC Okanagan faculty members, staff, students, senior administrators, partners and collaborators and an extensive review of existing and newly collected documentation and data, supported by the Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research Office.

We are delighted to announce that this external review is being conducted by three outstanding reviewers:

Malcolm King, PhD
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
Scientific Director, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research
2009-2016 Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

David Peters, MD
Edgar Berman Professor & Chair in International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor (joint) School of Medicine, School of Nursing
Director, Alliance for a Healthier World
Johns Hopkins University

Jeannie Shoveller
Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Vice President, Research and Innovation, Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre
Chairperson of the CIHR Governing Council

The external review team will visit UBC Okanagan in October 2021, and they will submit their final report by January 31, 2022. We are grateful for their time and contributions to this important process for our campus.

If you have questions or suggestions regarding this review, please contact Janet Kalesnikoff, senior manager, strategic projects, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic.

Sincerely,

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic
UBC Okanagan

Michael Burgess
Associate Provost, Strategy
UBC Okanagan