UPROOT: A Community-Based Approach to Decolonizing and Indigenizing the Pharmacy Curriculum

TitleUPROOT: A Community-Based Approach to Decolonizing and Indigenizing the Pharmacy Curriculum
Faculty/College/UnitPharmaceutical Sciences
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2020
Project Summary

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and UBC’s Strategic Plan, health programs are striving to meet our responsibilities to increase Indigenous health learning opportunities.

UPROOT seeks to strengthen, scaffold, and expand Indigenous content by creating two courses:

  1. a mandatory pharmacy course on Indigenous health and wellness;
  2. an elective course using a blended-model of Indigenous community-based learning and classroom teaching.

Students will use a strengths-based approach to collaborate with partners in the development of community-based pharmacy projects. The curriculum will be overseen by an advisory committee, comprised of Indigenous team members and partners, students, and non-Indigenous allies. The meaningful participation of our partners will ensure the approach, development, and evaluation of the project respects Indigenous knowledge, values, and practices. The community-based projects will serve as an opportunity for ongoing reciprocity and lasting partnerships.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleA Community-Based Approach to Decolonizing and Indigenizing the Pharmacy Curriculum
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorLarry Leung
Year 1: Funded Amount127,380
Year 1: Team Members

Principal Investigators:

Larry Leung, Lecturer / Clinical Pharmacist, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jason Min, Lecturer / Clinical Pharmacist, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Community Partners:

Peggy Abou, Health Director, Iskut Valley Health Services
Nathan Jantz, Health Director, Tla’amin First Nation
Carolyn Mackinnon, Nurse Manager, Iskut Valley Health Services
Glenda Phillips, Community Health Nurse, Hailika’as Heiltsuk Health Centre Society
Steinar Våge, Director, Community Services, Ka:yu:'k't'h' / Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations

Faculty Leadership:

Kerry Wilbur, Associate Professor / Executive Director, Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

UBC Knowledge Experts and Supporting Units:

Nadine Caron, Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health / Member of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
Lerato Chondoma, Associate Director, Indigenous Research Support Initiative
Sarah Dupont, Head Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library
Kim Lawson, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library
Kyle Nelson, Community Engaged Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Courtney Smith, UBC 23 24 Curriculum Manager, Faculty of Medicine / Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Students:

Hayley Bessette, 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Tessa Craig, 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Angela Dong, 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Selenne Dorus, 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Mojan Fazelipour, 2nd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Filip Zekic, 3rd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2021/2022
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorLarry Leung
Year 2: Funded Amount100,000
Year 2: Team Members

Principal Investigators:

Larry Leung, Lecturer / Clinical Pharmacist, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jason Min, Lecturer / Clinical Pharmacist, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Community Partners:

Peggy Abou, Health Director, Iskut Valley Health Services
Nathan Jantz, Health Director, Tla’amin First Nation
Carolyn Mackinnon, Nurse Manager, Iskut Valley Health Services
Glenda Phillips, Home and Community Care Manager, Nuxalk Health and Wellness
Steinar Våge, Director, Community Services, Ka:yu:'k't'h' / Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations

Project Coordinator:

Courtney Sabey, Research / Project Coordinator, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty Leadership:

Kerry Wilbur, Associate Professor / Executive Director, Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

UBC Knowledge Experts and Supporting Units:

Nadine Caron, Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health / Member of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
Amber Shilling, Senior Manager, Operations, Indigenous Research Support Initiative
Sarah Dupont, Head Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library
Kim Lawson, Research and Community Engagement Librarian, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
Kyle Nelson, Community Engaged Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Courtney Smith, UBC 23 24 Curriculum Manager, Faculty of Medicine / Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Students:

Idaylia Swanson, 2nd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Jessie (Siqi) Li, 2nd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student
Brittany King, 2nd year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student