Organization

ADMINISTRATION


Kendall Ho, MD
Director, UBC eHealth Strategy Office
Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and the founding Director of the eHealth Strategy Office at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ho was the immediate past Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation (UBC CPD-KT) up until February 2008, when CPD-KT was transitioned into two units: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the eHealth Strategy Office (eHealth). Kendall is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Professional Development Committee and a collaborator with the World Health Organization eHealth Observatory. He is the executive director of the Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation Investigative Centre (TEKTIC) interdisciplinary research team in BC and the Vice President of the International Association of Humanitarian Medicine.

Dr. Ho’s academic and research interests fall into the domain of technology enabled knowledge translation (TEKT) – the use of information technologies to accelerate the incorporation of latest health evidence into routine practice. Specific directions within TEKT include telehealth, information and communication technologies (ICT) and patient safety, ICT and public engagement, and evidence based policy translation in eHealth. He is a recipient of a number of provincial, national, and international research grants in eHealth and eLearning, and has published related papers and textbook chapters in these subjects.


Barbara Ho, RN
Health Director, iCON Chinese Division

Barbara Ho graduated from Nursing in 1982 and has since been practicing as a Registered Nurse in BC in a variety of acute care positions. She currently works part-time as an Endoscopy nurse at GI Research Institute (Pacific Gastroenterology Associates) & a general duty nurse at the Eye Clinic (St. Paul’s Hospital).

Barbara has been involved in many different kinds of volunteer work - especially those related to music. She has served as a member of the Parish Education Committee and Parent Teacher Association Chairperson at St. Francis Xavier School from 2002 to 2006. She is also a former Director of the Vancouver Chinese Choir Association. Her personal interests include singing, listening to music, reading and traveling. Through iCON activities, Barbara is hoping to continue her work in patient education to provide reliable and relevant health information to citizens and to promote communication between community members and health professionals.


Gulzar Cheema, MD
Medical Director, iCON South Asian Division

Dr. Cheema has a family practice in Surrey, is a clinical instructor for the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and hosts a regular health program for public awareness on OMNI Diversity Television and Sher-E-Punjab radio station 1550AM. In May 2001, he was elected to the B.C. Legislature to represent the riding of Surrey-Panorama Ridge. In this position he was a member of the Executive Council as Minister of State for Mental Health and later as Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services. Dr. Cheema has also held a five year position as a member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba as a critic for health, labour, housing, native affairs, sport and co-operatives, and consumer and corporate affairs.

Sophia Khan, BA
iCON Project Manager

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has over seven years of work experience in the non- profit sector in the area of community outreach and development, with a focus on underserved populations.

Her academic interests include participatory community-based health research, program evaluation, and health promotion in immigrant communities. She is also interested in the impact of knowledge transfer and exchange through academic and community partnerships in improving overall health outcomes in multicultural populations.

RESEARCH


Helen Novak Lauscher, PhD
Assistant Director of Research, UBC eHealth Strategy

Helen has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with particular focus on human learning, development and culture. Her work at the eHealth Strategy Office involves leading an interdisciplinary research team working on projects in the areas of technology-enabled knowledge translation in health professional practice and education, participatory community-based health research, and program evaluation.

Her SSHRC-funded PhD research explored youth empowerment through creative expression and media production.


Elizabeth Stacy, MA
Research Coordinator, UBC eHealth Strategy

Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Calgary with a focus on Blackfoot sound structure and the facilitation of language learning and revitalization. As a research coordinator at the eHealth Strategy Office, she is involved with developing, implementing and evaluating health education outreach programming with interdisciplinary teams from within academic and health care settings, as well as from within First Nations communities, and the Chinese- and Punjabi-speaking communities in BC. These activities primarily focus on culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate methods of education and engagement to improve access to health information and encourage empowerment through self-management.

Elizabeth is also actively involved in Ktunaxa language revitalization activities through her work with the College of the Rockies in the east Kootenays, where she is an online course developer and instructor.


Additionally, there are several other researchers in the UBC eHealth strategy office who work on the iCON project on various tasks ranging from drafting ethics protocols to planning and implementing focus groups.

TECHNOLOGY


Janice Tian, M.Sc.
Web and Business Coordinator, China Collaborations Portfolio

Janice is currently the Web and Business Coordinator, China Collaborations in the eHealth Strategy Office. Janice joined our team in 2005, she is a professional software engineer, and holds a Master of Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, California and a Master of Digital Media from Abilene Christian University, Texas, as well as double major Bachelors of Statistics and Mass Communications from Renmin University of China.

Prior to joining the eHealth Strategy office, Janice worked as a Web/Graphic Designer, Software Engineer, Technology Lead, Team Lead and Project Manager, in both IT industry and academia.

Janice has been actively involving in China collaborations with interdisciplinary healthcare providers, medical educators, policy makers, stakeholders, medical economists and hospital executives in the past three years. Her interests include using technology to improve health care access in Canada, China and other developing countries, developing a Community-University engagement model in health education between China and Canada, and promoting the public health education for multicultural communities.