BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Virtual Cultural Competency Training, Pediatric Support, and COVID-19 Immunization Findings

BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Virtual Cultural Competency Training, Pediatric Support, and COVID-19 Immunization Findings

Explore transformative, technology-enabled healthcare to support patient-centred care.

Course Format: 0800-0900: Zoom
  • Apr 23, 2021

Online from Vancouver BC


0800-0900 available via Zoom.

Healthcare providers are using innovative technology-based solutions to improve their practice and patient care. To help you navigate this important and highly evolving field, UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development is pleased to partner with the Rural Education Action Plan, UBC Digital Emergency Medicine, BC Emergency Medicine Network, and the Academic Health Science Network to deliver free online case-based presentations on technology-enabled healthcare in British Columbia. 

This program brings together health care providers and colleagues in a stimulating and thoughtful discussion to understand and normalize the daily use of safe and effective technology in healthcare throughout BC. Join the conversation and ask your questions at our next rounds! 


In this session, we invite you to learn about virtual cultural competency, pediatric support, and COVID-19 immunization findings:

COVID-19 Immunization Findings:

Dr. Robert Anthony and Dr. Kendall Ho will share 3 cases of local reactions to COVID-19 vaccines. They will also discuss other reports of vaccination reactions and reporting adverse events following immunization (AEFI).  

Virtual Cultural Competency:

Carrier Sekani Family Services has been providing their renowned Nowh Guna Culture training in person for a number of years. They have adapted their curriculum to meet online learning needs with great success. Join Marlaena and Barby as they discuss best practices in adapting learning to an online format. 

Pediatric Support:

Child Health Advice in Real Team Electronically (CHARLiE) was established last summer during the COVID-19 pandemic to support rural health care providers across the province with urgent problems in children and youth. Learn how they are working with the current regional referral pathways, developing partnerships, and providing clinical support and education opportunities to rural providers and isolated specialists in remote communities.

Key Speakers

Dr. John Pawlovich (moderator): Dr. John Pawlovich is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and acts as the Director of the Rural Education Action Plan in BC, Medical Director for Carrier Sekani Family Services, and the Virtual Health Lead for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. Dr. Pawlovich draws on his rural healthcare experience in these roles to innovate services and supports in remote regions to better address inequities in the healthcare system.

Dr. Kendall Ho: Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and lead with Digital Emergency Medicine. He 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 also 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. Robert Anthony: Dr. Anthony is a Royal College certified Emergency Physician who has been in academic and community practice for over 40 years. Most recently he has been an attending physician in the ER at Vancouver General Hospital and. UBC Hospital. He also practises at Langley Memorial Hospital and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine of the UBC Medical Faculty.

Marlaena Mann, MEd: Marlaena is the Executive Director of Communications and Data Governance for Carrier Sekani Family Services, a leading indigenous health and family services organization providing services to 11 First Nations in North Central BC. Reconciliation education is her life’s passion! She has worked with many elders and knowledge holders to develop the Nowh Guna culture training curriculum and accompanying book. Marlaena has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from SFU, she is a certified life coach and also holds a certificate in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona. When Marlaena isn’t at work you can find her puttering in her garden, planning her next traveling adventure, or doing whatever her cat demands of her.

Elder Barby Skaling: Barby Ann Skaling is from the Gitksan-Wetsu’wet’en Nation (aka Moricetown, BC). She is a member of the Luksilyu (small frog) Clan and her traditional name is “Yahalii”. Barby is a Licensed Practical Nurse with vast experience in the health field including several major hospitals; Vancouver General Hospital, Smithers and private nursing with Quadra pelagic patient. She has a long history of participation in community organizations concerned with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ2 support. Barby has developed and provided culturally competent education around HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against women/girls, and lateral violence within Indigenous communities. Barby currently works for Carrier Sekani Family services serving their 11 member Nations. She served as Education Program Coordinator with the Healing Our Spirit HIV prevention program for 13 years. She has also served as Community Health Manager and now works as their Cultural Program Coordinator. In her present role, Barby works collaboratively with CSFS teams to meet their goals to enhance cultural integration into the services they provide. Barby has been part of the leadership team for the Nowh Guna training over the past 4 years. She grounds the Nowh Guna training as the lead knowledge holder with profound love and respect for all participants. She is a strong supporter and advocate of holistic healing using indigenous values and belief systems. Barby is committed to community capacity building for the positive growth of the autonomy of Indigenous peoples.

Dr. David Wensley: Clinical Professor in the Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Paediatrics UBC, at BC Children’s Hospital and Lead of the Paediatric Real Time Virtual Support (RTVS) Pathway, CHARLiE.

Dr. Kirsten Miller: Kirsten Miller is a pediatrician in Prince George and Medical Lead for the Child and Youth Health Program at Northern Health. She is also a CHARLiE pediatrician and is the co-lead of SPRUCe (Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities). 

Skills Gained

Learning Outcomes to be posted soon. 




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