Garg says the conference set out to “declare war on lowering the burden of diabetes, introduce mental wellness as prevention, inform on cross-cultural attitudes on end-of-life quality care, and provide holistic integrative modes of care, all with enhanced leadership, quality and best use of emerging technology.”
SFU advances in social innovation and alternative health practices were also shared by SFU faculty.
Senior lecturer Paola Ardiles’ students in Surrey are using technology to solve complex health issues through SFU’s Health Change Lab. For the past two years the lab, based in Surrey, has involved health sciences students in developing social innovation solutions that target food security, youth engagement, substance abuse and transportation for social activities for seniors.
Among alternative health practices, SFU health sciences professor John O’Neil is involved in a pilot project he and colleague Rachel Eni developed with the First Nations Health Authority, Tzu Chi Foundation and the Snuneymuxw First Nation to explore the feasibility of providing traditional Chinese medicine services to First Nations in BC. The project is a unique example of integrative medicine where traditional Indigenous and Chinese approaches to healing are offered together with western medicine.
“CINI 2018 will strengthen links in areas of research strength for both SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences and partner institutions in India,” says FHS Dean Tania Bubela, who serves on the event’s steering committee and also co-chaired a session on leadership and health. “We share a commitment to creating sustainable and equitable health systems that address the needs of our respective populations, including the most vulnerable in our communities.”