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Speakers and workshops

We're excited to anounce an amazing line up of speakers, workshops, and organizations who are confirmed for the BC Health Coalition 2017 Conference. We are working on solidifying a detailed schedule but in the mean time, here is a sneak peak list of confirmed speakers, workshop topics, and organizations (a full list of will be available soon):

Featured speakers:

Elder Roberta PriceElder Roberta Price from the Snuneymuxw and Cowichan First Nations has worked tirelessly over the past three decades to educate and raise awareness about issues affecting First Nations people in a positive, informative, and productive manner. She does this by working as a First Nations educator, sharing her traditional knowledge in schools, within the community, health facilities, and with First Nations people.

Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan is from the Gitxsan First Nations, and has worked at the BC Children’s + Women’s hospitals since 2015 at the Director for Indigenous Health. As well, Jenny is a sessional instructor at the UBC School of Social Work. She completed her BSW from UBC in 2003, MSW from UVic in 2014, and is currently completing her doctorate in education through the University of Western Ontario, focusing on organizational leadership.

Dr. Steve MorganDr. Steve Morgan is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He is also the founder of Pharmacare 2020, a campaign to promote evidence-informed conversation about the future of prescription drug coverage in Canada. Dr. Morgan has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers on pharmaceutical policies. He has advised governments in Canada and has twice served as Canada’s representative on pharmaceutical pricing and innovation committees of the World Health Organization. Dr. Morgan has received awards for his work from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Canadian Medical Association, McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia.

We also have a great lineup of other speakers. More info to come.

Featured Panel:

An exciting discussion on improving urban and rural access to primary health care in B.C., facilitated by Marcy Cohen, and including panellists:

  • Colleen Fuller, independent health policy expert

  • Dr. Margaret McGregor, family physician at the Mid Main Community Health Centre

  • Ed Staples, president of Support Our Health Care - Princeton

Featured topics:

  • Working together for culturally appropriate seniors care in B.C. (Metro Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network and BC Government and Services Employees Union)

  • An insider update from the BC Health Coalition intervenors on the Brian Day legal challenge to public health care on trial now in BC Supreme Court

  • Resisting privatization of seniors care at the community level (Protect Public Health Care - Sunshine Coast)

  • Organizing for a strong BC a poverty reduction plan ( BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)

  • Starting and strengthening your local health coalition (BC Health Coalition)

And several other topics including: strengthening the role of family councils in residential care, strengthening services now for mental health and addictions.. 

Featured organizations: 

Sanctuary Health

Sanctuary Health is a grassroots community group. Sanctuary Health deploys direct action, movement-building, community-engagement, and direct support strategies to advocate for access to services for all regardless of immigration status or documentation.



Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network (CYH) is a youth-driven not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, on unceded Coast Salish territories. CYH will lead a workshop ”Healthcare: The Price is Right” which encourages youth to make connections between the healthcare system and their lives.

A full list of organizations will be available soon.