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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Over the last 15 years, the number of childhood deaths has been cut in half. This proves that it is possible to win the fight against almost every disease. Still, we are spending an astonishing amount of money and resources on treating illnesses that are surprisingly easy to prevent. The new goal for worldwide good health promotes healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and modern, efficient healthcare for everyone.

HOW SFU IS CONTRIBUTING

Engagement

Located in downtown Vancouver, RADIUS SFU offers support to individuals, student organizations, social ventures including the RADIUS Health Promotion lab.

MINDMAPBC

MindMapBC is a custom-made database of outpatient mental health services including professional counseling, peer counseling, support groups and others. Where possible, services are free, low-cost, or sliding scale and self-referral services—meaning you do not need to see a doctor before accessing the service. MindMapBC was developed as a collaborative project between several community-based agencies working with the 2S/LGBTQ+ communities, including SFU's Roundtable: BC’s 2S/LGBTQ+ Mental Health & Substance Use Networking Space.

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THE IRIS PROJECT—CENTRE FOR GENDER & SEXUAL HEALTH EQUITY (WITH SFU'S COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH INITIATIVE)

IRIS is guided by principles of meaningful community engagement and is a partnership with community-based im/migrant-serving organizations across Metro Vancouver who represent and support diverse communities of im/migrant women, including women with precarious im/migration status. The study was developed in response to serious concerns regarding barriers to sexual and reproductive health access faced by im/migrant women and the need for more explicit efforts to meaningfully address their needs in health research, service delivery and policy.

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RADIUS SFU | HEALTH PROMOTION LAB

The RADIUS Health Promotion Lab aims to centre health equity while fostering the creation and incubation of equity-based models, ventures, partnerships and interventions by those from communities disproportionally impacted by health inequities.  

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Research, Teaching and Learning

SFU Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 1, Kelley Lee delivered the final lecture of SFU's Spring 2021 President's Faculty Lectures on the theme of resilience and recovery.

SFU'S STRATEGIC RESEARCH PLAN (SRP) CHALLENGE 3: SUPPORTING HEALTH ACROSS THE HUMAN LIFESPAN

SFU's 2016-2022 SRP focuses on six challenges that encapsulate the breadth of and interconnections between researchers, build on our previous investments and serve as our priority research areas. Challenge 3 focuses specifically on how SFU research supports well-being for all.

SFU researchers are investigating the causes and consequences of disease, including chronic and infectious diseases, mental illness and cancer. They investigate injury and have expertise in treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. Social, biological, environmental and behavioral determinants of health are investigated to support the wellness of individuals across the lifespan.

View SFU's Strategic Research Plan


THE PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON PATHOGENS, PANDEMICS AND SOCIETY, HOSTED AT SFU

The Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society (PIPPS) is a new provincial research institute based at SFU's Burnaby campus. The Institute focuses on understanding the emergence and spread of new pathogens and responding to infectious disease events with pandemic potential that pose potentially severe risks to the health and well-being of populations. PIPPS' Scientific Co-Directors are SFU Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 1, Kelley Lee and SFU Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair, Caroline Colijn.

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PANDEMICS AND BORDERS: HOW TO MANAGE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS MORE EFFECTIVELY

SFU Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 1, Kelley Lee delivered the final lecture of SFU's Spring 2021 President's Faculty Lectures. Lee's lecture, "Pandemics and borders: How might we manage the use of travel restrictions more effectively?" was the final talk in the 2021 series of lectures, which focused on resilience and recovery.

With many Canadians starting to consider what travel within Canada and beyond might look like, Lee spoke about how to manage pandemic travel and border restrictions effectively, both locally and globally.

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SFU TO LEAD NEW NATIONAL INFECTIOUS DISEASE MODELING NETWORK

SFU Mathematics Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair, Caroline Colijn will lead a new, national infectious disease modeling network that will inform decisions related to public health threats and better prepare Canada for future pandemics. 

Colijn will oversee the Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Disease (CANMOD), supported by $2.5 million in funding over the next two years. CANMOD is one of five multidisciplinary infectious disease modelling networks receiving a total of $10 million.

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MAPPING COVID-19 VULNERABILITY IN B.C. COMMUNITIES

SFU researchers have created a map outlining how the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term health impacts will be distributed in communities across B.C. According to the map, each community will face its own unique challenges to recover from the current health crisis.

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FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 1,849 research publications related to SDG 3, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)

  • 407 active research projects related to SDG 3 funded between 2016-2020

  • 39 courses related to SDG 3, representing 16,470 students, offered at SFU between the 2018/19 - 2020/21 academic years

  • At least 208 researchers involved in research relating to SDG 3 (source: SFU's Research Expertise Engine)

Operations

Tammara Soma, director of research for SFU's Food Systems Lab—a research and innovation hub working to reduce food waste and support a sustainable food system that enhances ecosystems—conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.

FEED B.C. PARTNERSHIP

SFU takes pride as a Feed B.C. partner with an unwavering commitment to sourcing food locally and helping B.C. farmers, fishers, processors, businesses and suppliers to prosper. In addition to advancing tracking and sourcing towards a minimum of 30% food purchasing from B.C. and 25% locally sourced produce, SFU promotes local choices whenever possible for menus, marketing and events. B.C. eggs, poultry, seasonal root vegetables, corn, blueberries and fair-trade ingredients are just some of the foods currently sourced from local farms and suppliers. 

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SERVICES FOR THE SFU COMMUNITY

FREE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR SFU STUDENTS

SFU Student Services provides free, confidential, time-limited support to all registered SFU students. The services address a wide variety of concerns, including adjusting to major transitions, identity development, decision-making, family and social relationships, and mental health. Learn more

MY SSP

My SSP is a service contracted by the university to provide 24/7 mental support to SFU and FIC students worldwide. Learn more

FACULTY AND STAFF WELL-BEING RESOURCES

SFU Student Services provides all SFU Faculty and Staff with care and support options which range from strategies for maintaining positive mental health to assistance and accommodations related to ongoing illness and disability. Learn more

EMPLOYEE AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program is a voluntary and confidential support service that provides professional assistance to help SFU employees and their family members resolve issues that affect their personal and work lives. Learn more

TENDING TO ANTI-ASIAN RACISM

Tending to Anti-Asian Racism is a support group to support students from the Asian community who feel alienated and/or targeted by the continued racial violence. Learn more

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT & PREVENTION OFFICE (SVSPO)

SVSPO offers free, confidential support for all SFU and Fraser International College community members (students and employees) who have experienced sexual violence. Learn more