The interCultural Online Health Network (iCON) is a project based out of the University of British Columbia’s eHealth Strategy Office which uses technology as a basis to share culturally relevant prevention and management of chronic diseases with communities around BC.
Please join us and our panel of experts to discuss common barriers to chronic disease management and ways that health care workers and other community members can help individuals with chronic conditions to overcome these barriers. We are particularly interested in exploring with and learning from the audience how traditional approaches and values can help support community members to achieve optimal health through prevention or effective management of diabetes and its complications.
Dr. Kendall Ho – Dr. Kendall Ho, an associate professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, practices clinically at the Vancouver General Hospital. He is the Director of the eHealth Strategy Office in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. His research interest is in eHealth – the innovative application and evaluation of modern information and communication technologies in health research, education, and health practice. He actively works with his colleagues at UBC and partnering institutions to incorporate eHealth into the medical curriculum, and introduce eHealth at the pre-medicine level, Masters level, and in high school via summer camps. He is a collaborator with the World Health Organization global eHealth Observatory, and a Board member of COACH – the Canadian Health Informatics Association, and a board member of the Canadian Virtual Health Library. He is a member of the Association of Faculties of Medicine eHealth Education Committee, and he is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Professional Development Committee.
Dr. Lee Brown – Dr. Lee Brown is the Director of the UBC Institute of Aboriginal Health and is the former Coordinator of the Indigenous Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Studies at The University of British Columbia where he wrote his Doctoral thesis entitled: Making the Classroom a Healthy Place: The Develop of Affective Competency in Aboriginal Pedagogy.. He is the Co-author of The Sacred Tree, an educational curriculum based in Aboriginal values and epistemology. Lee has also contributed to the Round Lake Native Healing Centre in Vernon, BC during the last twenty-nine years in a number of capacities including clinical supervisor and currently as a cultural resource to the centre. He has been an invited to share his knowledge of culture and healing in over five hundred indigenous communities in North America. Lee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan.
Dr. Heather McDonald – Heather has been a nurse for over 25 years. She recently completed her PhD at UBC. Her dissertation looked at the fit between arthritis health services and experiences of arthritis in First Nations people. For the past two years Heather has been working for Seabird Island Health department. She is involved in health program planning and evaluation and has a role in Seabird’s diabetes programs.
Ida John – Traditional Medicine and Nutrition Counselor, Elder – Chilliwack Territory, Sto:Lo First Nation