RHSRNbc Team

Stefan Grzybowski, MD

RHSRNbc Director


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.

 

Kishore Hari

Research Network Coordinator

Kishore Hari recently completed his Master of Public Health degree at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of British Columbia. In the past, Kishore has worked as a Digital Health Researcher and also completed a practicum project focused on the provision of medical abortion care from an administrative and clinical perspective within BC. He is passionate about improving health service delivery for under-served populations, particularly those living within rural settings.

 

 

 

 

Jordie Fischer

Research Network Coordinator

Jordie Fischer recently completed her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Science in both Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science and International Development from the University of Guelph. Her research experiences are in the areas of global and women’s health, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies and the gut microbiome. Previously, she has worked for Helen Keller International in Cambodia, the Department of Food, Health and Nutrition at UBC and the Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. She is passionate about providing equitable health services to all, including those in rural settings.

 

 

Urvee Karve

GIS Research Assistant

Urvee Karve is a recent graduate from UBC with a background in Geography, GIS and research. In her role, she is particularly interested in understanding the process involved in establishing sustainable primary care networks in remote areas of the province. She recently transitioned from her Research Assistant position at the Centre for Rural Health Research where she applied aspects of the Network’s GIS catchments to the Rural Birth Index project. Additionally, she has previously applied some of the catchment work to the Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Network project at CRHR. She has also worked at the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC, where she worked on a research project that assesses the impact of the forestry industry and climate change on watersheds in Canada. Her interests are in sustainability, climate science and GIS.

 

 

Alexandra Bland

Rural Community Resiliency to Climate Change Research Coordinator

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.

 

Elyse Tsang

RHSRNbc Research Assistant

Elyse Tsang is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Physiology and Immunology at UBC. Her experience working with rural families in Guatemala has fueled her passion for advancing health equity through research, education, and community engagement. She currently volunteers with several health-related non-profit organizations and aspires to make a positive impact on eliminating global health disparities.

 

 

 

Kate Feldman

Rural Community Resiliency Research Assistant

Kate Feldman is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Her studies and research have focused on food and resource economics and sustainable development. Her particular interests are in rural development and the global transition towards more sustainable agricultural practices and how they can be used to strengthen communities across the world in terms of health, environmental resilience, economic stability, and food security. Alongside her research work, she is pursuing a Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the UBC Farm to learn more about the realities of organic farming and get her hands dirty. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and cooking with her homegrown produce.

 

 

 

Salina Edwards

RHSRNbc Student Research Assistant

Salina Edwards is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in English Literature. Having grown up in a rural area around Fort St. John, BC, she has seen firsthand the disparities rural communities face. With these experiences, she has grown a passion for working to improve support in these areas by building relationships in smaller communities and amplifying their voices. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in mental health focusing on improving access to health services in rural areas. Outside of this, she is a creative writer, runner, and coffee enthusiast.

 

 

 

Martina Francisco

RHSRNbc Student Research Assistant

Martina is a fourth-year student pursuing a BSc in Integrated Sciences: Neuroscience and Environmental Biology, with a minor in Resource Economics. She is particularly interested in environmental change and sustainability, and how it can be used to address global health problems. In the past, she has provided support and care to the youth by educating, empowering, and promoting healthy living in her hometown Brandon, Manitoba. She currently volunteers as a Sustainability Ambassador and works on designing projects that foster human and environmental wellbeing. With her passion for health care, advocacy, and youth empowerment, she aspires to create a tangible change within rural communities.

 

 

 

Kathleen Lieuson

RHSRNbc FLEX student

Kathleen is a second-year Medical Student at UBC. Born and raised in Vancouver, she completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about solving puzzles, spending time with kids and the outdoors – especially on the water. Kathleen has particular interest in optimising and improving the healthcare system through creating order out of the chaos of data and systems. Her current research project is examining how geographic system mapping and rural-based population catchments can be used to identify and measure healthcare needs.