HELP and the Challenges of COVID-19

To HELP’s valued friends and partners,

We wanted to take a few minutes and share how HELP is adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are attempting to keep things as close to business-as-usual as we can. Currently, all of our staff and faculty are working remotely, maintaining as normal operations as possible. This week we are ensuring our teams are set up to work from home and are taking full advantage of the technology available to connect with our each other and colleagues and partners. Zoom is our new best friend! Please don’t hesitate to reach out or send an email if you have questions about any of our research, data or your reports…...or if you just want to check in. We would love to hear from you. Staying connected is a huge part of how we will come through this well.

Here are some important updates about our HELP engagement and events calendar:

  • We will continue with all of our scheduled webinars and virtual office hours;
  • We are starting to plan additional, digital events and touchpoints to ensure we remain connected and learning forward;
  • All scheduled community presentations and meetings for the Spring are postponed until we can hold them safely. We are working closely with partners to continue planning and to look at new dates in the Fall; and
  • Our Aboriginal HELP Talks scheduled for mid-April is postponed until further notice.

HELP’s social media channels will continue as normal: the HELP blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds. All are sharing news, resources, research highlights and readings daily. Kim Schonert-Reichl is also posting to her Twitter feed daily.

The current situation is unprecedented and continues to evolve. HELP is receiving guidance from UBC and the Faculty of Medicine, in addition to the Province and our Chief Medical Health Officer, and will share updates to changes in our operations if and when they happen. 

We are thinking of you all. These are challenging times for everyone across the province especially with potential loss of employment for some, the closure of schools and daycares, and the strain on our frontline workers across the health and service sectors. If there were ever a time to lean in to support each other, and children and families, it is now. We are committed to staying connected with you and supporting all initiatives that mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our children and families. 


Pippa Rowcliffe, Deputy Director, HELP