UBC Health awards recipients for 2016

UBC Health offers several awards and scholarships that acknowledge outstanding individuals and teams who exemplify interprofessional health, education and research.

Recipients will be honoured at UBC Health’s annual Awards Reception on February 28, 2017. This year several UBC Dentistry people received a UBC Health award or a scholarship.

ImpactBC Scholarship in Health Care Research and Development

Awarded to student(s) enrolled in a UBC Health program who have completed a research or development project focusing on patient/client involvement in health care decision making or in health professional education.

  • Iris Feng

    Iris Feng BDSc 2017

Iris Feng won the scholarship for her research project to determine the feasibility and acceptability of implementing Point of Care (POC) HIV screening in undergraduate dental hygiene education from the patient, faculty and student perspectives. During clinical care in community clinics, fourth-year dental hygiene students educate patients about HIV (what it is including information about its transmission, risks, symptoms, testing, and diagnosis); patients then can make an informed decision whether or not to accept an POC HIV screening. Iris’ research project supervisors were Dr. Mario Brondani, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, and Dr. Leeann Donnelly, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences.

2016 Professor Jessie Gordon MacCarthy Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student who having completed the penultimate year of any pre-licensure Health Science course best combines academic excellence, demonstrated interest and leadership in the field of community health.

  • Emily Thong

    Emily Thong DMD 2017

Emily Thong won the scholarship for her contributions to many facets of community health. These include providing dental care to at-risk patients at various volunteer dental clinics throughout the province such as at the Tl’etinqox First Nations Reserve in Anahem, BC, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Abbotsford. She also has a long track record of supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of Vancouver residents in her past roles as a Volunteer Crisis Counsellor at the Vancouver Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre, program facilitator for Welcome to My Life at the YWCA, camp counselor at BC Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes, and leader at the Fraserview Boys and Girls Club. Furthermore, Emily has worked extensively with children and adolescents living with cognitive, mental and/or developmental disabilities, at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, as well as locations abroad.

2016 Practice Education Team Award

Awarded to honour an outstanding health care team that demonstrates interprofessional education and collaborative practice that is evident to students.

  • Dr. Greg Chang, SuperChef Cookery for Kids, UBC Dentistry alumnus (DMD 1986)
  • Dr. Leeann Donnelly, Assistant Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry, UBC Dentistry alumna (BDSc DH 2002, MSc 2005, PhD 2012)
  • Dr. Gail Hammond, Instructor, Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dr. Gail Hammond

Dr. Leeann Donnelly

Dr. Greg Chang

Drs. Chang, Donnelly and Hammond won the award for their innovative interprofessional education project working with the distinct perspectives of dental hygiene students and dietitian students. Two groups of each collaborated to write recipes for ChopChop, a quarterly, fun, family magazine about food, nutrition and health. The magazine is used by pediatricians, hospitals, schools and community organizations in the United States. This was the first oral health component in the publication.



Award for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Professional Development

  • UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) team members include: Kathryn Booth, Program Assistant; Katia Despot, Senior Education Manager; Kristina Hiemstra, Director; Cynthia Minh, Program Assistant; Jo Nam, Senior Education Manager; Cris Ohno, Financial Processing Specialist; Taylor Peterson, Marketing Coordinator; and Samantha Wong, Registration Clerk. Through its Team Approach to Learning goal, UBC IPCE seeks to bring various health professionals, policy makers and the public to discuss the area in focus in order to share complementary knowledge and facilitate collaboration across professional boundaries. UBC IPCE is under the aegis of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.

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