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Planting the seeds for Aboriginal-led research

Historically, Aboriginal peoples have been the subject of research rather than partners in it. This has led to mistrust and outcomes that do not always benefit the communities that are studied. Vanessa Mitchell, Aboriginal Lead and Cultural Safety Program Manager; and Leslie Bryant, Regional Practice Lead for Research are among those changing the way Aboriginal…

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Learning on the job at Interior Health

In our short time with Interior Health, Noah Chalifoux and I (Nina Akhtar) have been granted the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and observe the complex world of health care. We, along with a few other interns, joined Interior Health in May 2021. We work with the Environmental Sustainability team. I’m currently working on making…

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Wearable tech improves care for those with Parkinson’s

Wearable health technologies are vastly popular with people wanting to improve their physical and mental health. Everything from exercise, sleep patterns, calories consumed and heart rhythms can be tracked by a wearable device. But timely and accurate data is also especially valuable for doctors treating patients with complicated health conditions using virtual care. A new…

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Stethoscope quarterback

The day starts at 8 a.m. as Dr. Jim Huang arrives for a morning shift amidst a flurry of activity. His day always begins with a meeting alongside a dozen or so fellow physicians at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), as they make important decisions about patient care. Huang is what is known as a hospitalist;…

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Partners make us better by sharing their voice

Marilyn Parker’s health-care journey has given her a unique perspective on how volunteers can improve the health system. At 40, she was diagnosed with asthma and now has epilepsy and is a chronic care patient. After moving to Kamloops, she had great difficulty finding a family doctor and learned the value of directing her own…

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PRH Champions: Caring for people runs in the family

To say Anne Morgenstern has a strong connection to health-care in Penticton might be putting it a bit lightly. Currently the Clinical Operations Manager in the PRH emergency department, Anne comes from a family of health-care professionals. Her late mother enjoyed a 30 year nursing career, which included a stint working together with her daughter…

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Patient advisory committees provide planning perspective

Janet Costa and her husband Sam were vacationing in Mexico several years ago when Sam suffered a major heart attack. He would be flown back to the Okanagan to be treated at Kelowna General Hospital, and thankfully would fully recover. The experience itself, however, awakened a new desire within Janet, to help patients better navigate…

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