Population Health

With a central focus on patient-centred care and innovative solutions, UBC researchers are committed to improving the health of our communities and access to care – both nationally and globally.

Together with our partners, our researchers are breaking down barriers to care and exploring further treatment and preventative initiatives in areas such as HIV/AIDS, HPV and addictions.

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First-of-its-kind guideline sets out best practices for delivering injectable opioid agonist treatment

The guideline provides strategies for delivering the treatment with for people with severe opioid use disorder.
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Science says when kids participate in team-based extracurricular activities, they have better mental health

Extracurricular activities that nurture a sense of belonging with peers appear to bolster preteen’s mental health.
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UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

Every day at UBC, researchers are conducting research to gain a deeper understanding of the factors driving the overdose crisis and to determine potential solutions.
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Anxiety disorders during pregnancy and postpartum more prevalent than previously thought

Nichole Fairbrother discusses perinatal and postpartum anxiety, and why there is a need for improved screening.
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Harmful medication re-exposures could be avoided with new approaches

Around 75% of repeat adverse drug events could have been prevented through better monitoring and communications, according to new research by Corinne Hohl.
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Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity to receive $1 million

Led by Kate Shannon, the centre will test and evaluate a survivor-centric and trauma-informed approach to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
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Music students perform better in school than non-musical peers

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to new UBC research.
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Building healthier communities

School of Population and Public Health celebrates 10 years.
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Police presence near supervised consumption sites in Toronto discouraging access

Research led by Geoff Bardwell at the BC Centre on Substance Use suggests that policing may be a key barrier to accessing life-saving health service.
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Alternative income assistance payment schedules could reduce drug use and related harm

Study led by Lindsay Richardson examined whether varying the timing and frequency of income assistance payments can mitigate drug-related harms.
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