Heart-Mind Summit with the Dalai Lama

HELP is pleased to share links to the Vancouver Sun series featuring the Dalai Lama’s visit to Vancouver.

His Holiness’ visit will focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. Central to our understanding of heart-mind well-being is the Heart-Mind Index, a research tool developed by the Dalai Lama Centre in collaboration with HELP.  

Stay tuned as more information about the Dalai Lama's Be the Village visit and heart-mind well-being will be posted to the HELP blog throughout the week.

Vancouver Sun Articles

The Dalai Lama Center aims to give communities the tools to educate the hearts of the next generation

B.C. schools focus on educating hearts

An ounce of prevention ... The Dalai Lama’s Heart-Mind Index

Dalai Lama brings message of compassion to Vancouver school

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House takes the Dalai Lama Center’s teachings to heart


SPPH Special Grand Rounds with Dr. Noni MacDonald - December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012, 4:00pm
Michael Smith Laboratories, Room 102
2185 East Mall, UBC Vancouver

The Belize experience: Impact of integrated patient-centred Health Information Systems on health outcomes.

Belize deployed the world’s first country-wide fully integrated encounter-centric health information system, with eight embedded disease management protocols, in 2007 for $4 (CDN)/citizen. Uptake of this e-health system, mortality pre- and post- BHIS deployment and public healthcare expenditures over the past decade were evaluated. The BHIS captured over 90% healthcare encounters by Year 1, 95% by Year 2. Mortality analyses revealed a significant decrease for the eight BHIS protocol disease domains (versus an increase or little change in three domains without protocols). The maternal mortality dropped such that Belize reached the Millennium Development Goal four years in advance of the goal date, and is likely to be the only MesoAmerican country able to achieve this goal. Deaths associated with hypertension also dropped by over 50%. Health care expenditures have leveled off and slightly declined since deployment of the BHIS. Thus, for modest investment, BHIS was well accepted nationwide and following deployment, mortality in the eight BHIS protocol disease domains declined significantly and expenditures on public healthcare stabilized.

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Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study

Employment policy is also health policy according to a University of British Columbia study that found that workers experienced higher mortality rates if they didn’t have access to social protections like employment insurance and unemployment benefits.

Researchers with the Human Early Learning Partnership and the School of Population and Public Health at UBC found that low and medium-skilled workers in the United States are at a greater risk of death if they lose their job than their German counterparts, who have access to more robust employment protections and insurance.

“Employment insurance makes a difference to the health of the most vulnerable populations, low-wage and poorly educated workers,” said Chris McLeod, the lead researcher on the paper and a post-doctoral fellow with  the Human Early Learning Partnership. “For low-wage and poorly educated workers, it’s not just about losing your job but losing your job and being at the bottom of the labour market.”

To read the full media release, visit the UBC Public Affairs News Room.