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Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast with hosts Gillian McCormick and Susannah Steers brings you interviews with experts, thought-leaders and influencers to answer the question "what is health?" More than the absence of disease, health is influenced by our connections and communities and a whole host of factors not always easily understood. Listen in to gain new insights into how to be healthy individuals, families and communities.
 
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When was the last time you thought about the food you eat - beyond "what's for dinner?" In this our final episode of Season 3, we have a HUGE conversation about food systems and food security with Dr. Tammara Soma, Assistant Professor in the School of Resource Management at Simon Fraser University. We dig deep into food systems, food waste, food se…
 
Do you love to play outside? How much do you know about the skilled volunteers who jump into action to help when things go south for us in the wilderness? Part outdoor adventurers, part community-minded volunteers, Search and Rescue members offer an extra layer of safety for anyone exploring the outdoors in beautiful BC. Join us for a conversation …
 
A conversation about the readiness of British Columbia NICU's to employ a model of care imported from Columbia called Kangaroo Care with the project coordinator and an Independent Consultant working for Perinatal Services. BIO: Sarah Coutts - Independent Consultant, Kangaroo Care Project Sarah is a lactation consultant, neonatal nurse and the mothe…
 
Concussion is a confusing, somewhat misunderstood diagnosis that impacts many individuals every day. We have an in-depth conversation about Concussion, to discuss what it is, what happens to individuals who have one and what kinds of things help to cure concussion. One intervention that can really make a difference for those who suffer concussion i…
 
Homelessness is a pervasive and growing problem in Canada. It is both a cause and a consequence of many serious problems around a person's health and wellbeing. When homelessness strikes for our youth, those problems can be amplified exponentially, and can have impacts that last a lifetime. Katie Heggtveit is the Founder and Director of Impact, Boo…
 
Endometriosis is a diagnosis that many women in Canada and globally struggle with. It can take many years to be diagnosed, leads to serious health issues and creates significant economic impacts. Endometriosis is present in 50% of women with infertility and often results in chronic pain. There are many myths and much misinformation about endometrio…
 
We may not always connect the dots, but our social environment has a massive impact on our health and wellbeing. Social Determinants of Health involve a list of things that are proven to directly influence health outcomes. They include sex, gender identity, race, the level of education of your parents and of yourself, where you live, how much money…
 
Last year on the podcast, we learned that health and security are a lot more closely linked than we ever imagined. The Covid19 pandemic amplified that fact exponentially. We realized that we had some big questions about systemic racism, misogyny and intolerance in Canadian policing. We also wanted a better understanding what it might actually mean …
 
The Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast is officially one year old! And on January 1st, 2021, we're launching our third season. We can't wait! With a global pandemic as a backdrop, 2020 was a rollercoaster ride on an epic scale. The interconnectedness of things became even more apparent. Cracks in the foundation were revealed, and we rea…
 
Discover The Embodiment Conference, a 10 day, free, online conference about all things Embodiment. We talk to Mr. Embodiment himself, the charismatic Mark Walsh about what it is and why the people and the planet need this more than ever right now. Mark's Bio: I’m Mr Embodiment! 😉 I run the Embodiment Conference, wrote the embodiment book, and make …
 
In this final interview of Season 2 we dive deep with the always gracious, Dr. Lori Brotto, because sometimes, we have to talk about having better sex. Solutions for women with low sexual desire are few and far between. Unlike men, the 'little pink pill' is not a game-changer. Dr. Brotto has spent her career investigating ways to help women achieve…
 
Dr. Sally Thorne is a Professor of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and a researcher who conducts qualitative studies into how patients and families experience and manage chronic and life limiting conditions. She also studies end of life care, including the complexities surrounding medical assistance in dying, and the complex conversat…
 
When and where does someone's personal health story and science meet? How can a clinician listen deeply to hear between the words used in the telling of the story? Why would a patient wish to have a health practitioner use Narrative Medicine skills in their patient interactions? Lissanthea is a fascinating combo of Physiotherapist and Entrepreneur …
 
In navigating her own way through a severe chronic pain condition, Dr. Leslie Wicholas experienced for herself the role of inflammation in both pain and mood disorders. She is now at the fore in the burgeoning field of Nutritional Psychiatry. Join us as we dive into the many ways that inflammation and microbiome affect mood, pain and health. Diet i…
 
Diversity and inclusive schools, companies and communities are key as 1/3 of our youth identify as not-heterosexual. Divine Diversity joins us to discuss privilege, pronouns, gender, sexuality, and the current human rights revolution. Baby Boomers and Gen Z and beyond need to bridge the communication gap about gender and queerness so we can move fo…
 
The way we move is a tool for communication, how we embody our thoughts and emotions. Moving well is an art that takes time and involvement, requires learning and support. Our wellness can be profoundly affected by how well we move and yet practitioners who address movement are not adequately covered by our Medical System. So, perhaps we have conce…
 
Dr. Colleen Varcoe realized that she could be non-biased in trauma research despite her personal history with trauma and since then has researched and championed the promotion of equity-oriented healthcare to provide cultural safety, harm reduction and trauma- and violence-informed care. Covid-19 has shown us all the ways that health inequity impac…
 
Dr. Daniel Kalla talks to us about why he wrote his 11th novel, The Last High, a Globe and Mail Best Spring Read choice. He gives us an intriguing look into the devastation this epidemic has caused in his chosen field of emergency medicine, the impacts of the pandemic and where change is desperately needed. BIO: Born, raised, and still residing in …
 
Candyce Kelshall is using her organization, CASIS-Vancouver, to create a proactive model of disorder in the near long term. Why is this important and how does it relate to our COVID-19 global pandemic reality? About Candyce Kelshall Candyce Kelshall is a seasoned, in-theatre operational director and has worked extensively with militaries and advisi…
 
Special Episode In this time of a rapidly evolving global health situation we asked our physician guest, Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko, to give us some perspective of what’s really going on with COVID-19 and how best to respond today. About Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko Dr. Holowenko is a family physician with a special interest in Women’s Health. She has worked…
 
The Season One Finale of the Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast. We look back over the season, and talk about what we've learned, and where we're going next! Thanks to our fearless guests for jumping in whole-heartedly, to our tech team for working so hard to make us sound good and especially to you, for tuning in. Look for Season 2 sta…
 
Our world is demanding a different kind of leadership to solve complex problems. Join us for a conversation with Candyce Kelshall on her experiences with leadership, and how we can mentor effective leaders in a way that develops confidence, connection and empathy. About Candyce Kelshall Candyce Kelshall is a seasoned, in-theatre operational directo…
 
During this interview we meet with Brendan Kwiatkowski, local teacher turned international PhD Student, to talk about the research surrounding emotional issues in boys related to education. What is toxic or restrictive masculinity? How can we parent and teach boys in a way that supports healthy emotional development? Tune in and join the conversati…
 
Emily Rugel PhD speaks with us about smart city planning that includes natural spaces to not only enhance our mental health but to treat mental health disorders. About Dr. Emily Rugel: Emily Jessica Rugel recently received her doctorate from UBC's School of Population & Public Health, where her dissertation developed a comprehensive model of natura…
 
Andrea Dobbs is the proprietor of the Village Bloomery, a cannabis retailer with a different vibe in Vancouver, BC. We have a candid conversation about her cannabis awakening while using CBD and THC to navigate her menopause symptoms, the history of the Village Bloomery and legalization of marijuana in Canada. About Andrea Dobbs Andrea has worked m…
 
Sam Hughes talks to us about the importance of pelvic health for men and women, and dives deep into optimizing recovery after prostate cancer surgery. About Sam Hughes, MScPT Sam has been a physiotherapist for 12 years, and has worked with pelvic health for 10 years in public practice. In addition to her clinical work, she implemented the pelvic he…
 
Join us as we talk to Karen Gilbert, OT about Occupational Therapy, Invisible Health Conditions, and Brené Brown's research on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. About Karen Gilbert Karen Gilbert is a Vancouver-based Occupational Therapist. She helps people juggling a busy life and an invisible health condition develop new strategies and…
 
Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko speaks to us about challenges for physicians in delivering good health care to their women clients in B.C., Canada and globally due to the impact of the Women’s Health Initiative and differences in funding for Women’s Health application across provinces. She provides insight into how patients and practitioners can navigate th…
 
Bugs, Drugs and Public Health: Dr. David Patrick In this inaugural episode of the podcast, join hosts Gillian McCormick and Susannah Steers for a small conversation with Dr. David Patrick; Executive Lead, BC Centre for Disease Control, and Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health. We discuss antibiotic resistance, vaccinations, the fen…
 
Introducing the Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast. Your hosts Gillian McCormick and Susannah Steers bring you interviews with experts, thought-leaders and influencers to answer the question what is health. More than the absence of disease, health is influence by our connections, and communities and a whole host of factors not always ea…
 
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