Nursing professor’s mentorship makes an impact in Aboriginal communities and beyond

December 22, 2015 – Annette Browne, professor at UBC’s School of Nursing, has won the 2015 John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award for her outstanding research contributions and engagement as an educator, mentor and community scholar.

Professor Annette Browne, UBC School of Nursing

Professor Annette Browne, UBC School of Nursing

Browne focuses on addressing inequities in health, particularly within Aboriginal communities. She conducts research on access to healthcare, women’s health, cultural safety, and primary health care interventions to improve health outcomes for marginalized populations. She aims to promote health equity through improvements in nursing practice, health care delivery, and health policy. She also mentors Aboriginal scholars and community leaders to participate as full partners in the health research enterprise.

Browne is particularly recognized for her ability to open minds to new ways of thinking, creating a willingness to explore the relevance of new concepts for understanding problems. Her trainees’ work is currently helping influence Aboriginal health policy (PhD Interdisciplinary); improve child health and well-being within Aboriginal communities in BC (PhD Occupational Sciences); bring in new models of community partnership to foster child health in Prince George (Nurse Practitioner); and introduce and evaluate the impact of cultural safety on healthcare access & health outcomes (Post-doctoral fellow).

She engages with students and junior faculty in a number of disciplines, and all of her doctoral students have obtained national Tri-Council fellowship funding for their studies.

“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.”

Funded by a donation to the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the John McNeill Excellence in Health Research Mentorship Award 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. As the recipient of the award, Prof. 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.

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