I am bridging my 20 years of communications background with increased interest and training in knowledge mobilization, plain language writing, and community engagement.
As Education and Communications Specialist at Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (previously the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability [CIRPD]), I am responsible for researching academic publications, booking speakers and coordinating logistics for WWDPI’s global webinar series. I also lead communication initiatives for the organization, from media relations to events including a video project on whiplash prevention.
The Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) launched in the fall of 2017 – a global centre of excellence that aims to create and sustain work wellness, for those with, or at risk of, health-related challenges. A primary goal is to reduce the gap between what is known from high quality research and what is done in practice.
I began in 2012 with the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. CIRPD worked toward the reduction and prevention of pain, pain-related suffering and disability. Our aim was to turn current research into tools and practical information which can help people improve their quality of life and find relief from ongoing pain, while bringing health professionals, pain sufferers and researchers together with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of pain.
I am currently taking the Knowledge Mobilization Certificate program with the University of Guelph [currently: Engage: Building capacity to understand and use relevant evidence]. I’m also taking Plain Language Writing with the University of British Columbia.
As a volunteer, I’m also becoming involved in patient engagement to initiate systems change in health, as part of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN).