HSABC Webinar: Overdose Response and Harm Reduction Q&A with the BC Ministry of Health
April 28, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor with the Ministry of Health, Justine Patterson, the Executive Director of the Overdose Emergency Response Centre at the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and Jane Buxton from the BCCDC, will be on the line discuss the overdose response recommendations and provide more information for front line shelter workers and homelessness support agencies around harm reduction during COVID-19.
Dr. Behn Smith works alongside, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer. Dr. Behn Smith provides independent advice and support to the Ministry of Health on First Nations and Aboriginal health issues. In support of the Ministry’s strategic agenda, Dr. Behn Smith focuses on closing the gap in health outcomes between First Nations and other British Columbians.
Dr. Behn Smith is Eh Cho Dene (Big Animal People) of the Fort Nelson First Nation in B.C. with French Canadian/Métis roots in the Red River Valley. Since getting her Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University and completing residencies at the universities of Ottawa and Manitoba, Dr. Behn Smith’s career has spanned the country and the globe.
She has practiced rural medicine in remote communities across Canada and is currently a family physician at Tse’wulhtun Health Center in the Cowichan Valley. She was a board director for the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the director of education for the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Health Initiatives Program and the site director of the University of British Columbia’s Aboriginal Family practice residency.
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