HELP is the 2015 winner of the first Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award

The BC Council for Families is pleased to announce that the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) has been selected as the 2015 winner of the first Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award.

HELP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia that brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex child development issues to help children and families thrive. Using their Early Development Instrument (EDI) questionnaire and their Middle Development Instrument (MDI), HELP has collected information on the state of children’s development in BC’s schools.

“The research illustrates how different early environments and experiences contribute to social inequalities in children’s development by school age, and to their life chances,” says Joseph Dunn of Success By 6 BC, a provincial early years partnership, who nominated HELP.

Joel Kaplan, Executive Director of the BC Council for Families stated that HELP was chosen for their leadership in making child development research accessible and meaningful for planning at the provincial, regional and neighbourhood level.

Cathy Matusicky, Carol’s daughter, will present the award on behalf of the Council at their Annual General Meeting at 3:00 p ...

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Dr. Michael Kobor awarded Canada Research Chair

Dr. Michael Kobor, an Affiliate Scholar with HELP, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics. Dr. Kobor’s lab focuses on epigenetics, the relationship between our genes and our environment. His team is working on collaborative research into factors leading to fetal alcohol syndrome, asthma and COPD, as well as the effects of socio-economic status on gene expression.

 Dr. Kobor – Mike - has worked closely with HELP for the past six years. This Chair will allow him and his lab to continue to focus on aspects of brain dynamics and neural-networking, epigenetic regulation of gene expression, and early social experience and biobehavioral development during childhood.

Congratulations Mike.

The University of British Columbia recently received $11.6 million for 16 new and renewed federally funded Canada Research Chairs. Please visit the UBC Public Affairs page for more information about this funding announcement.

Jim Frankish receives the Ron Draper Health Promotion Award

The Canadian Public Health Association has honoured Professor Jim Frankish with the Ron Draper Health Promotion Award.

The Ron Draper Health Promotion Award is presented to an individual, group or organization engaged in community work who has made a significant contribution to health promotion by working in the community to: build healthy public policy, create environments that support health, enable community action, enhance personal skills, and/or re-orient health services.

Professor Frankish – Jim – has been deeply committed to and involved in promoting the health of people, especially vulnerable populations, and has been a leader in developing the field of health promotion in Canada. He is an outstanding educator and mentor for students in public health, and an active and prolific researcher who dedicates his spare time to improving his community. Jim practices a philosophy of promoting collaboration among researchers from different fields, partnerships with communities and community organizations, participation of people from vulnerable population groups, and participation of students in community-service learning – all to apply research knowledge to resolve important issues, such as homelessness.

Congratulations Jim. This award is well deserved.

Clyde Hertzman to receive Order of Canada

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today 91 new appointments to the Order of Canada. HELP is pleased to share that Dr. Clyde Hertzman will be appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to population health and early childhood development in Canada and abroad.

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.

For more information on the Canadian Honours System, including the Order of Canada, please visit the Governor General's website.


Congratulations Kim Schonert-Reichl and Vote for YWCA Connecting the Community Award

MDI Principal Investigator Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction award. In addition to this honour, Kim is able to win a $10,000 donation from Scotiabank for the YWCA through the Connecting the Community Award. This award is to be allocated toward the program area of each Women of Distinction nominee’s choice. There are five program areas in total and Kim is campaigning for Healthy Choices for Youth.

From Thursday, April 19 to Tuesday, May 22, the public can cast their votes for their favourite program area of choice. Voters can vote once every 24 hours per computer. The voting site will close on Tuesday, May 22 at noon. To vote, please visit the Connecting the Community Award voting site.

The program area with the most votes receives the Connecting the Community Award and Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA to support that program area.

The Women of Distinction Awards, including the announcement of the winner of the Connecting the Community Award, are on Thursday, May 24, 2012. More information about the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards as well as the Connecting the Community Award is available on the YWCA Women ...

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Tom Boyce elected to the Institute of Medicine

Dr. W Thomas (Tom) Boyce, Sunny Hill Health Centre/B.C. Leadership Chair in Child Development in the Human Early Learning Partnership and the Centre for Community Child Health Research at the University of British Columbia, was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.   "It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg.  "Each of them stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine, and their achievements are an inspiration.  The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues."

Congratulations Tom.

For more information about the Institute of Medicine, please visit their website.