Welcome from the Canada Research Chair
in Health, Ethics and Diversity
Welcome to the Canada Research Chair site in Health, Ethics and Diversity at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Through our program of research we aspire to improve health and healthcare for diverse populations.
Our primary program of research focuses on finding innovative ways to enhance the care of older adults living with life-limiting chronic illness. An important aspect of quality of life for older adults is aging in place, whether at home or in their home community. However, with limited healthcare services, innovative strategies are required. We are trialing volunteer/healthcare provider navigation partnerships to support older adults to age in place.
Another important aspect of our research explores how to provide spiritual and religious care for diverse populations in healthcare. We work with international partners to better understand how to support healthcare providers to confidently provide high quality spiritual and religious care across differing perspectives.
We are committed to building community capacity and partnerships. We work with community groups across the country using community-based, participatory-action research.
In addition to our Knowledge Translation & Exchange Manager and Research Coordinator, we have a range of graduate and undergraduate students from across health and social science disciplines who work together in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment.
We invite you to browse through the different sections of our website to learn more about our students and projects.
For those wishing to know more about our work or student opportunities, please contact us.
Dr. Barb Pesut, PhD RN
Professor, School of Nursing
CRC – Health, Ethics and Diversity
The Development of the Nav-CARE Program Continues with Funding from CIHR, CCSRI, and the Max Bell Foundation
With funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Project Scheme Grant 2016-2019) and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (Knowledge to Action Grant 2016-2018) and the Max Bell Foundation (2017-2020), our team is implementing, evaluating, and planning a sustainable volunteer navigation model using an integrated knowledge translation approach. With a team of researchers, national and provincial partners, and organizational leaders from across Canada we have created a Nav-CARE Tool-kit to enable communities and organizations from across Canada to implement volunteer navigation. Furthermore, policy recommendations for Nav-CARE model use in Canadian healthcare will also be developed. To find out more about this exciting work, visit our Nav-CARE project page.