Announcing new Health After 2020 initiative and inaugural public lecture on July 14

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on and accelerated our understanding of some the detriments and experience of health and wellbeing in our society. As we face the challenges of responding to the broad effects of the pandemic, UBC Health sees an opportunity to think differently about how we define and value health, how we understand the complex systems that produce health, and how we rise to the challenge of supporting equity in health across individuals, communities, and societies.


In response to this opportunity, UBC Health is launching Health After 2020, an initiative designed to support new interdisciplinary collaborations which may lead to new research programs and engagement with policymakers and communities. The initiative will convene and inform people at this inflection point in our society through academic outputs, cross-campus conversations, and public lectures resulting from the new collaborations.


Inaugural Public Lecture

We invite you to the launch of Health After 2020 on July 14, which will include an overview of the initiative and an inaugural public lecture:


Looking back and moving forward: Supporting health after 2020

Wednesday, July 14

12:00-1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting


For more information about the lecture and speakers, visit our website.


Register at


Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon. Online registration closes Monday, July 12 at 12pm. After this time, please email to register.



Health After 2020 will offer funding of up to $10,000 for a UBC faculty member who is interested in starting or extending a collaborative relationship with a scholar or collaborator from outside UBC. Each accepted proposal will represent a cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration that will:


  • produce some form of academic output, e.g. a white paper, journal article, popularized version of current knowledge on a topic, grant application;
  • facilitate a more in-depth inward-facing interaction with faculty and learners at both campuses of UBC; and
  • deliver a public lecture (planned with and supported by UBC Health).


The call for proposals for Health After 2020 will open to faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in-mid July. More information will be available on our website.


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