RHSRNbc Team

Stefan Grzybowski, MD

Dr. Stefan Grzybowski is a rural health systems researcher and the principal investigator of the CCEDARR Canada study, funded by the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine. Prior to moving to research at UBC, he practiced as a family physician for twelve years on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii. Dr. Grzybowski’s current research focus is on advancing rural community resilience to climate change and ecosystem disruption, and the development of rural BC health services catchment maps.

Dr. Grzybowski is a Senior Scholar with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, co-director of the Centre for Rural Health Research, and director of the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim is the network coordinator for the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC. She recently completed the Master of Public Health program at the University of Toronto, with specializations in Indigenous Health and Environment & Health. Her research interests include the continued implementation of culturally safe primary care services, the intersections of food security and community well-being, and the impacts of climate change on individual and community health. She also has a BA&Sc in Cognitive Science from McGill University. Esther was born and raised in British Columbia, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, going on hikes, and playing the piano.

Alexandra Bland

Alexandra Bland is the Research Coordinator for the Co-RIG project examining rural resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her past research has primarily focused on global health and health disparities in low and middle-income countries. The topic of her MSc dissertation was evaluating effective pneumonia prevention strategies to reduce under-five pneumonia mortality in high burden countries. She is passionate about health equity, health systems strengthening and the social determinants of health. Outside of work Alex loves to bake and go hiking with her dog Alfie.

Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Environment and Sustainability and minoring in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Sarah is interested in topics such as climate change, environmental justice, natural hazards, and conservation, and makes use of GIS to help address these issues. Outside of work and school, Sarah enjoys going on runs and hikes, spending time at the beach, and making art.

Mac Pettit

Mac Pettit is a 4th year BFA student studying Film Production at the University of British Columbia. Mac’s interest in Film Production was sparked in high school when he was invited into the Advanced Film Class. Since then, he has worked to become a better storyteller through the audiovisual medium. On the side, Mac run’s a freelance videography website, occasionally shooting weddings and local business advertisements. When Mac is not obsessively engaged in writing, directing, or editing a film, he enjoys doing Improv with the club at UBC.

Kristina Kurvits

Kristina Kurvits is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science biology program at the University of British Columbia. Kristina is interested in integrating healthcare education into community programs to prepare residents for their healthcare journeys. Kristina has a particular interest in the field of genetic counseling and how climate change is impacting heritable diseases. In her spare time, Kristina likes to hike, swim, crochet, and read fantasy novels. 

Asha Dunn

Asha Dunn has recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia. Her studies focused on sustainable food systems, climate change vulnerabilities, and geographic information systems (GIS). Asha’s interests are in community resilience building, participatory mapping, and co-creating new and equitable futures. In her spare time, Asha enjoys making and sharing meals with her friends, spending time outside, and discovering new music.

Rajdeep Dhaliwal

Azlina Tima

Kishore Hari

Salina Edwards

Elyse Tsang

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