UBC Nursing Professor Recognized for Mentoring

30 Nov 2015

The 2015 John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award, funded by a donation to the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, recognizes outstanding mentorship by faculty members at any stage in their academic career, in any of UBC’s health-related disciplines, who have served two or more years at UBC’s Vancouver Campus.

The inaugural recipient of this prestigious award, Dr. Annette Browne, is known for her commitment to addressing inequities in health, particularly within Aboriginal communities. She brings a rich contextual understanding of the influences that shape health to help identify ways these may be addressed through policy and practice. 

Her research creates avenues for engaging with students and junior faculty in a number of disciplines.   It is particularly noteworthy that every doctoral student she has supervised has obtained national Tri-Council fellowship funding for their studies. This commitment extends beyond the walls of the academy to include mentorship of Aboriginal scholars and community leaders to participate as full partners in the health research enterprise.

Dr. Browne is recognized for her ability to open minds to new ways of thinking, to create a willingness to explore the relevance of new concepts for understanding problems. Her trainees have taken up this challenge and together their work is influencing Aboriginal health policy (PhD Interdisciplinary), improving child health and well-being within Aboriginal communities in BC (PhD Occupational Sciences); introducing new models of community partnership to foster child health in Prince George (Nurse Practitioner); and introducing and evaluating the impact of cultural safety on healthcare access & health outcomes (Post-doctoral fellow).

“We’re thrilled to see Dr. Annette Browne recognized for her stellar mentorship as the first recipient of this award,” said Elizabeth Saewyc, Associate Director of Research and Teaching Scholarship in the School of Nursing. “She creates outstanding opportunities for students to develop their capacity for research that is making a difference.”

As the recipient of this prestigious award, Dr. Browne will receive a commemorative certificate, an award of $10,000, and be invited to present to the UBC community on the topic of her research and approach to mentoring.

The UBC Office of the Vice-Provost Health will be hosting an annual Awards Reception in the spring of 2016, to honour all 2015 UBC Health award recipients.