B.C. Care Home: Tabor Village

Tabor Home in Abbotsford. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

“An Abbotsford, B.C., care home has recorded five residents’ deaths in only one day as they struggle with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Tabor Home in Abbotsford now has 122 residents and staff who have tested positive for the virus with 30 who have tested negative.

In total, 16 residents have died from COVID-19.

Executive director Dan Levitt said staff and residents are heartbroken at the recent outbreak and deaths. He added that last year they lost five residents in the whole month of November, compared to the five in just one day during this pandemic.”

More on 5 residents of Abbotsford B.C. care home die in just one day from COVID-19 via GlobalNews.

2020 Lancet Countdown Report

The links between health and climate change are undeniable. 120 world-leading experts, including authors from 38 academic institutions and UN agencies spanning every continent have looked at more than 40 indicators for the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. 

Join us online on 3rd December at 2pm GMT to discover new findings.

Climate change is threatening the health of people around the world. It is no longer a future problem. Our food stocks are compromised, our land is burning, our air is polluted, and the hospitals and clinics we depend on are under increasing pressure. Yet, responding to climate change offers a brighter future for global health. Cleaner skies, healthier diets, and more liveable cities.

Launching amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, we will reveal and explore the latest global health profile of climate change in the context of this unprecedented and challenging moment in time. On the eve of the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and as we look ahead to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26, we will discuss the consequences of delayed action for public health, and the health, economic and societal benefits of a robust and rapid response.”

Register and check out the speakers and guests here.

Covid-19: The toll on Filipino American Nurses

National Nurses United (NNU) display 164 white clogs shoes outside the US Capitol to honor the more than 160 nurses who have lost their lives from COVID-19 in the United States, and to demand the Senate act swiftly to protect nurses on the frontlines in Washington, DC on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

“Nearly a third of the nurses who’ve died of coronavirus in the US are Filipino, even though Filipino nurses make up just 4% of the nursing population nationwide. A recent report from the largest nurses’ union in the country revealed the disproportionate number of deaths. It’s a jarring statistic researchers are working to understand and a tragedy families across the US and around the world are living with every day. Jollene Levid feels it every morning, when she combs through health-care workers’ obituaries and keeps finding Filipino names. She sees her family in their faces — so many senseless deaths.

‘People always talk about it as numbers, but then when so many of the folks you know have died, and it wasn’t because they weren’t wearing a mask, it wasn’t because they decided to eat at a restaurant. They were literally trying to keep someone alive and they caught it,’ Levid says.”

Covid-19 is taking a devastating toll on Filipino American nurses via CNN.

Stanford Medicine X 2020

“Stanford Medicine X, the world’s most-discussed academic health care conference returns! Join us December 3, 2020 for Medicine X | CHANGE.

At Medicine X | CHANGE we will meet the innovators who are disrupting health care throughout the globe. We will see the emerging technologies of today and learn how they will impact the health care we deliver and receive tomorrow.We will explore the drivers of change through organizational leadership and creative collaboration outside of health care’s traditional silos. 

We will be inspired by moonshot thinking and learn how to grow pockets of excellence and innovation to large-scale change. We will experience empathy and compassion. We will gain an understanding of the problems that matter most in health care.

Be ready to use what you learn at Medicine X to create a shared vision of collaborative change and participatory medicine of tomorrow.”

I highly recommend it! I’ve attended this conference since 2017 and presented with Dr. Chow in 2018 on coaching in medical education. What makes the event so unique is the inclusion and integration of the patient’s voice. The patient perspective and experience are often absent in these medical education conferences and this one specifically provides a platform for patients to discuss and describe the innovations that they have contributed to as well as how our healthcare system can be better for all.

Registration is FREE!

UBC: Anti-Racism Action Update

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us on November 30 to learn more about the current and planned anti-racism actions and initiatives underway at the Faculty of Medicine.

Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President of Health, will host a dynamic, one-hour session featuring an update on the Faculty’s multi-year plan to transform our culture by creating and sustaining respectful and inclusive learning and work environments free from racist attitudes and behaviours. The session will feature a diverse group of presenters from across the Faculty currently engaged in anti-racist initiatives.

During the event, there will be time to ask questions and share ideas on how we can collectively advance and practice anti-racism in our community. Alternatively, we invite you to email your ideas and comments to professionalism.office@ubc.ca. All communications will be held in strict confidence.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Click below for the live stream event and Q&A.

Date: November 30, 2020
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. PST

We hope this session will begin a dialogue in our community that will raise awareness and sustain our commitment to collectively practice anti-racism in our learning and work environments.


Roslyn Goldner
Executive Director, Office of Professionalism and Respectful Environments
Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia

Maria Hubinette
Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia

The Lancet: Picture Quiz

Before I cue the Jeopardy theme song, I have to question why someone would even think about paragliding in potentially thunderstorm conditions. This is why it’s so important, especially in winter, to check the weather before venturing out.

Now, the Jeopardy theme song.

“What is….”

Click here to answer.

#TheLancet #PictureQuiz #KnowBeforeYouGo

Have a great week!

~ Jacqueline