UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 16 | October
Scholar's research guides service for children, families
United Way program supports first five years
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
UBC's contribution to the United Way is usually measured
in dollars, but for Health Care and Epidemiology Prof. Clyde Hertzman,
this year's donation is knowledge.
Hertzman has provided the organization with research data to support
Success By 6, a program supported by United Way donors that aims
to strengthen early childhood development services to children up
to age six and their families throughout the Lower Mainland.
"Dr. Hertzman's support has been invaluable and his research has
made a clear case for the critical importance of the first five
years of life to children's health, well-being and coping skills,"
says Sheila McFadzean who co-ordinates the project at United Way.
Hertzman investigates determinants of health and has worked with
the agency to develop a community asset map that shows resources
available in Vancouver to support children's healthy development.
The school board, health board and community groups participated
in the research that identifies where children up to age six are
living, what their learning needs are and the extent of neighbourhood
Hertzman's methodology is also being used in other Lower Mainland
communities and throughout the province.
The data will help to inform the expansion and improvement of
family resource programs and development of many new programs in
under-serviced communities, says McFadzean.
"This was a very productive community collaboration," says Hertzman,
director of Population Health for the Canadian Institute for Advanced
Research. "The United Way gains information from us and we gain
access to community agencies to conduct research."
"It's very encouraging that United Way has taken on the child welfare
agenda with this project," he adds.
UBC's United Way campaign total stands at $204,234. This year's
goal is $395,000. The campaign continues to Oct. 31.