Family Medicine

Centre for Health and Culture

The Centre for Health & Culture is a nonprofit organization established at the University of Alberta in 1984 to study multicultural health issues.

The Centre' Philosophy

The Centre for Health and Culture has adopted the World Health Organization's (WHO) philosophy statement to articulate the centre's values:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The Centre’s Goals

  • To research the relationship between culture and medicine.
  • To explore cultural diversity as it engages the Canadian Health Care System.
  • To provide training for professionals in cultural competence and intercultural understanding.

CHC began as The Project for the Study of Traditional Healing Practices in 1984 at the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. David Young. In 1990, the university officially recognized CHC as an interdisciplinary research project, in 1992 the university approved changing the status of the project to a centre and in 2000, the Centre for Health and Culture (CHC) became part of the Family Medicine Research Program.

Centre Staff and Research Associates

A multidisciplinary team of academics, health care professionals, graduate students, and community members share a commitment to the analysis of health and healing from a pluralist perspective.

Organizational Structure

The Centre for Health and Culture is a full-fledged member of the University community with an Advisory Board that operates under the jurisdiction of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. The Board is comprised of members of the Academy in Arts and Medicine, representatives from the community, practitioners, and institutions.

Grant funding is the primary vehicle for our ongoing support and direction. We develop programs and projects in partnership with other health and social research-related institutions.

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Jean Triscott, Co-Director
Dr. Donna Wilson, Faculty of Nursing, Co-Director
Mr. Robert Rogers, Assistant Clinical Professor, U of A, Interim Director
Ms. Valerie Plante, Private Practice
Dr. Lee Green, Chair, Dept Family Medicine, U of A
Dr. Michael Frishkopf, Ethnomusicology, U of A
Mr. Clifford Cardinal, Aboriginal Health, Dept Family Medicine
Dr. Francisco Valenzuela, Private Practice
Dr. David Young, Director Emeritus
Dr. Neil Dalal, Associate Professor Philosophy, U of A
Dr. Earle Waugh, Director Emeritus