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IDC Brown Bag Lunch

Brown Bag Lunch series

The Brown Bag Lunch series is a joint initiative between Northern Health and UNBC to promote health research and quality improvement in the North. Brown Bag Lunch is a series of free lunchtime seminars taking place the fourth Thursday of every month and feature a variety of health research and quality improvement topics and presenters.

The presentations are held at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) and available remotely via WebEx. Each luncheon is scheduled for 45 minutes between 12:15 pm and 1 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch with them and listen to presentations. Registration is not required.

Upcoming sessions 2020:

  • November 26, 2020 – Using hand sanitizers safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Presented by: Dr. Lydia Ma and Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol

Upcoming sessions 2021:

  • January 28, 2021 - Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) program
    Presented by: Shannon Freeman and Richard McAloney

Past Brown Bag presentations

  • September: How creating a safe space for cultural safety conversations can bring about innovative ideas and inform change. Presented by: Victoria Carter and Semiguul.
    PDF PP presentation | Listen to the recording
  • June: Defining, enhancing and implementing a person and family centered care approach in long term care through DementiAbility, GPA, etc. Presented by: Marcia Bertschi and Cheryl Block.
    PDF PP presentation | Listen to the recording
  • May: Two-day protocol strategy to reduce wait times for nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion imaging at Fort St. John Hospital. Presented by: Gene Blair I. Saldana.
    PDF PP presentation | Listen to the recording
  • April: Exploring the experiences of rural emergency room nursing staff with recruitment and retention of rural physicians: A unique viewpoint on a systemic challenge. Presented by: Dietrich Furstenburg and Janna Olynick.
    PDF overview | Listen to the recording
  • February: Understanding barriers to health care access through cultural safety and ethical space: Indigenous people's experiences in Prince George, Canada. Presented by: Sarah Nelson and Kathi Wilson.
    PDF PP presentation | Listen to the recording



The Innovation and Development Commons (IDC) is a partnership between Northern Health and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). It aims to facilitate education, research, and innovation in the North, ultimately improving the quality of life and health outcomes for Northerners. For more information about the IDC, contact