Alumni News and Events

Indigenous Awareness and Effective Interaction Strategies for Health Care Professionals - Panel Discussion - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Location: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room L1-190, 11405-87 Ave NW

Time: 6:30 p.m.: Registration & light meal, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.:  Panel discussion.

RSVP deadline is Jan 20, seating is limited.

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Health science professionals and community members are invited to participate in an evening of sharing as we seek improved understanding and explore practical strategies for offering better health care to Indigenous patients. Learn about a new interprofessional health sciences course being developed at the University of Alberta with funding from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) to bridge the divide between health science professionals and Indigenous patients.


Welcome & introductions
: Overview of the course being developed by UAlberta with grant money from the TRC and introduction to panelists.

Keynote presentation
: Dr. Jaris P. Swidrovich, visiting lecturer from the University of Saskatchewan, on common challenges and gaps in knowledge experienced by healthcare professionals treating Indigenous patients and strategies for effective integration based on his experience “indigenizing” the curriculum at USask and responding to the TRC.

Panelist presentations
  • Dr. Jean Triscott, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Allyson Jones, Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Cheryl Sadowski, Professor, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta (moderator).

Open discussion
: Audience and panelist discussion - an opportunity to ask questions about challenges you’ve experienced and share success stories.

This event is brought to you in collaboration with the Pharmacy Alumni Association and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - Alberta Branch.

About the speakers

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich
Dr. Swidrovich's maternal grandmother was a residential school survivor and his mother is a Sixties Scoop survivor. Jaris is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and was born, raised, and continues to reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jaris graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) and completed a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto in 2013.

Dr. Jean Triscott
Dr. Jean Triscott is the Director of the Division of Care of the Elderly and past Director for the Care of the Elderly Program, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is a member of the Alberta Centre on Aging and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Cross-Cultural Health and Healing.

Dr. Allyson Jones
Dr. Allyson Jones is a physiotherapist and epidemiologist in the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. Her research has focused on function, mobility and health-related quality of life in chronic conditions typically seen in older adults. She has worked as a clinician for a number of years in a number of provinces. Currently, she works one day per week at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic in Edmonton. She also teaches an elective course of Indigenous health  and physical therapy.

Dr. Cheryl Sadowski
Dr. Cheryl Sadowski is a professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. She specializes in geriatrics and is a working pharmacist. She teaches courses in pharmacy pediatrics and geriatrics, and pharmacy practice, design and function.