Debra Hanberg joined UBC’s Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education as a Project Manager in 2011. Since that time she has managed several prison health research projects focused on preventive health and reintegration. She is currently responsible for a 5-year project focused on developing a participatory approach to preventing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections among federally incarcerated men in BC. Prior to joining CCPHE, Debra was the Research Administrator for UBC’s Department of Family Practice Research Office where she managed its research programs and administrative activities. Debra graduated from UBC with a BA in Philosophy and continued her education at SFU in Sustainable Community Development. She is passionate about the opportunities community-based participatory research holds for affecting positive change for men and women inside correctional facilities and reintegrating back into the community.
Mo Korchinski joined the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education in March 2015. She is currently the Project Administrator for the CCPHE project: “Unlocking the Gates Peer Health Mentoring Program.” Prior to joining CCPHE, Mo worked as a research lead on the research project “Doing Time” at UBC’s Department of Family Practice Research Office. Mo graduated from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2014. Mo’s passion is working with women who are involved in the justice system as Mo has many years herself been incarcerated due to along history with drug addiction
Blake lives as a settler on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with a Minor in Sociology from Simon Fraser University and went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at UBC, focusing on social and life course determinants of health. Following his Masters, Blake volunteered, interned, worked, and now serves as Chair on the Board of Directors at YouthCO HIV and Hep C Society. After graduating, Blake worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the area of Mental Wellness and Substance Use at First Nations Health Authority for three years, producing a Mental Wellness and Substance Use Strategy, Suicide Response and Prevention Toolkit, and Crisis Response Protocol. Blake has experience working with medical students as a Health Mentor Advisor for the “Doctor, Patient, and Society” class at UBC. He has also served on a Vancouver Parks Board Working Group to improve recreational experiences for trans and gender variant individuals, resulting in a recommendations paper that has since been adopted by the City. In addition, Blake volunteers with Options for Sexual Health on the Sex Sense Line.
Member of Long Term Inmates Now in the Community
Larry studied at the University of Victoria, majoring in Philosophy of History and English, while he was incarcerated and then worked inside prison as the Regional Law Librarian. Informally, he assisted other inmates with legal matters relating to their sentence. After Larry was released in 1999, he worked at a law firm as a legal assistant, researcher, and then the office manager. He also worked with the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland. Currently, Larry works as an in-reach worker for Long Term Inmates Now in the Community. He is passionate about working with inmates from both provincial and federal institutions to provide support for a safe re-integration back into the community. Since 2012, Larry has worked as a community-based project assistant with the CCPHE. He has played an integral role in the preventive health projects which partner with formerly incarcerated men and women to improve their health in the areas of Hepatitis C, HIV, cancer, mental health and addiction.
Pam Young joined the Collaborating Center for Prison Health and Education in May 2012. She is currently a research lead for the Unlocking the Gates Peer Mentor Program. She feels very passionate about the work she does with women leaving prison as she herself has lived prison experience and would have benefited from a program like the peer mentor project. She was a peer mentor herself when she originally started with the program. Pam attended Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and graduated from the CHAD program with her Chemical Addictions Support Worker Certificate.
Kate joined the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education in March 2016 and will be working on the CCPHE project: “Supporting the Achievement of Health Goals with Formerly Incarcerated Men.” Kate completed her Masters degree in Anthropology from UBC in 2015 and is excited to work collaboratively with all the partners in this community-based research project.