Good Times Guide

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“Good times have been linked to community outbreaks of COVID-19 in BC. People in their 20s to 40s have spread the virus to friends, families, and strangers at house parties, bars, restaurants, and more. Let’s help stop the spread.

We all love good times. Follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s guide, and we can keep each other safe and healthy. Don’t get stuck in self-isolation for 14 days, or worse – get sick, because you shared beers at a party or made out with someone with COVID-19.

Have a good time – safely.”

View the Guide here and visit COVID-19 & Sex for more information on reducing the transmission of the virus.

Family Medicine Conference 2020

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The conference will include plenary sessions on a diverse range of topics in family medicine. Virtual breakout groups will provide opportunities to focus learning in areas of interest and specialization. Attendees will leave with a new sense of how to care for themselves as well as for their patients.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the BC Chapter for up to 5.25 Mainpro+® credits.

The BCCFP Annual General Meeting will also take place as part of the conference.

Learn more and register here.

UBC Virtual HackDev 2020: Mental Health & Wellbeing

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THEME: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
For this hackathon, we are focusing on the theme of mental health and wellbeing. We are encouraged when we hear about efforts and initiatives designed to reduce the stigma of mental health and promote a culture of wellness among our faculty. Unfortunately, we also hear that sometimes the degree of wellness required for participation in these initiatives poses a barrier to the faculty who are more significantly impacted by mental health conditions. Therefore, in order to more broadly support and develop all of our clinical faculty members, this hack will focus on the tools, resources, or approaches that UBC can develop or build upon in order to support the mental health and wellbeing of all our clinical faculty, particularly and including those who struggle in significant ways.

Learn more & join us here!

Safer Sex & COVID-19

If you’re feeling fine and have no symptoms of COVID-19, you can still have sex. If you’re feeling sick, skip sex.

“Sex can be very important for mental, social and physical well-being; it is a part of everyday life. People can, will and should continue to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages that discourage or shame people from sexual contact can be harmful and may discourage people from seeking essential sexual health services.

You should always make informed and consensual decisions about sex. This resource offers some tips and strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to you, your partner(s) and your community.

The COVID-19 virus is spread by liquid droplets in saliva and respiratory (breathing) fluids when a person coughs, sneezes and, sometimes, when a person talks or sings. It can be spread to people who are within 2 metres (about 6 ft) of a person with the virus if the droplets are inhaled (breathed in) or land in the mouth or nose of someone nearby – whether you are engaged in sexual activity or not. It can also be passed by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the face, eyes, nose, or mouth.

The virus has been found in semen and feces (poop). It is not yet clear if the virus can be transmitted through sex. You are your safest sex partner; your next-safest sex partner(s) is/are the person(s) you live with, or the person(s) who has close contact with only you and no one else.”

Learn more here on COVID-19 and Sex via the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Art to Catch Rays

ubc.jpeg“’Efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus have resulted in extreme social exclusion for people in prison, which negatively and unfairly impacts the mental health and wellbeing for people inside,’ explains project co-lead Kelsey Timler, a PhD student in interdisciplinary studies at UBC. ‘Since mid-March, people in prison have not had access to in-person visits from friends, family and religious and spiritual leaders, and almost all programming has been cancelled. Time passes very slowly, which adds to the stress and anxiety of being incarcerated during a global pandemic. COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequities and finding ways to support community building and belonging is incredibly important right now.’

‘Work 2 Give gave us the idea of assembling art and reciprocity kits that people in prison can use to produce something personal and meaningful to them,’ said Helen Brown. ‘They can share the resulting art or writings with their family, or they can take part in a reciprocal sharing with the wider community. They can express themselves while still observing physical distancing, and art and writing shared between people in prison and people in the community can support social inclusion and a sense of belonging, of not being alone. In the future, we hope to expand this project to include a job creation program that provides dignified living wages for people leaving prison.’”

More here on UBC team launches art initiative to promote mental health of men in prison by Lou Corpuz-Bosshart.

#UBC #ArtInitiative #MentalHealth #SupportOurIncarceratedMen #COVID19

Lab2Launch

“Applications are now open for entrepreneurship@UBC’s Lab2Launch venture building program, designed for UBC scientists and researchers looking to mobilize innovation into viable startup companies that can thrive.

The Lab2Launch venture building program is for UBC researchers and scientists who are focused on the development of a scientific or technological innovation which is unique, proprietary and difficult to reproduce, propelling them through venture creation, team building, investment and growth. The program provides research-led and high-potential ventures with the industry expertise, practical business training and deep mentorship to develop discoveries into viable ventures.”

How to Apply

Apply by August 10 at entrepreneurship.ubc.ca/lab2launch.

Would be great to get our MDs involved!!

Stanford Med: Dr. Anthony Fauci

“The people right now getting infected during this surge are young people, about a decade and a half younger, than the group that got infected in the first couple of months in the outbreak. We’ve got to convince them that just because they get infected, and the likelihood that they’re not gonna get seriously ill, doesn’t mean that their infection is not a very important part of the propagation of the outbreak. So you’ve got to think not only out of your vacuum, and think of not only your personal responsibilities, but your societal responsibilities.” ~ Dr. Anthony Fauci

Stanford Medicine’s Dean Lloyd Minor and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and member of the White House coronavirus task force, discuss COVID-19’s recent resurgence, tracking and testing efforts, and our path to overcoming the pandemic. Recorded July 13, 2020.