Debra Hanberg joined UBC’s CCPHE as a Project Manager in 2011. She is responsible for a five year project focused on preventing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections among people who are federally incarcerated in BC. Prior to joining CCPHE, Debra was the Research Administrator for UBC’s Department of Family Practice Research Office. Debra graduated from UBC with a BA in Philosophy and SFU in Sustainable Community Development. She is passionate about the opportunities community-based participatory research holds for affecting positive change for people inside correctional facilities and reintegrating back into the community.
Kate joined the CCPHE in March 2016. She is currently managing a five year project aimed at developing trauma and resiliency-informed supports for men with a history of incarceration. Kate completed her Masters degree in Anthropology from UBC in 2015. Kate is dedicated to working with men and women who have experienced incarceration through CCPHE’s participatory and collaborative approaches to prison health research.
Nelson joined the CCPHE in October 2019. He is currently assisting on a 5-year project focused on participatory approaches to preventing sexually transmitted and blood-born infections among federally incarcerated men in BC as well as the Unlocking the Gates Peer Mentor Program. Nelson completed his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from UBC. He previously assisted with public health research projects at the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS in Malaysia and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit at the BC Children’s Hospital.
Richard joined the CCPHE in July 2016 as a Peer Health Mentor. He is currently the Project Assistant for the CCPHE project “Exploring Paths to Healing with Formerly Incarcerated Men.” Outside of CCPHE, Richard works as a facilitator for the DUDES Club, offering support and brotherhood for men who may be struggling in their lives. Richard has also provided peer support and peer outreach for Vancouver Coastal Health. He helps and supports men dealing with addiction issues and health issues who are looking for a better way to live.
Heather is currently the evaluator on a 5-year project focused on participatory approaches to preventing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections among federally incarcerated men in BC. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC in the Department of Psychiatry and at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Her research seeks to investigate recent interventions introduced in response to the overdose crisis in British Columbia (e.g. expanded opioid agonist treatment, pharmaceutical alternatives to the toxic drug supply), with a focus on the impact of these interventions on overdose risk among people who have been recently incarcerated.
Evaluator (Maternity Leave)
Kate joined the CCPHE in September 2017. She is currently the evaluator on a 5-year project focused on participatory approaches to preventing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections among federally incarcerated men in BC. Kate is pursuing her PhD at UBC in the School of Population and Public Health. She is supervised by Dr. Jane Buxton and Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin. Her research is an evaluation of the transfer of responsibility for health care services in BC’s provincial correctional facilities to the Ministry of Health. Kate completed her Masters of Public Health at UBC.