Dr. Judith Lynam presented with the Janusz Korczak Canadian Social Pediatrics Award
Judith Lynam, director for both MHLP programs — Clinical Education and Seniors Care, has been awarded the inaugural Janusz Korczak Canadian Social Pediatrics Award for Advancing Interprofessional and Intersectoral Partnerships.
The Janusz Korczak Association of Canada and the Canadian Pediatrics Society Social Pediatrics Interest Group (SPIG) has awarded the inaugural Janusz Korczak Janusz Korczak Canadian Social Pediatrics Award for advancing inter professional and intersectoral relationships to Dr. Judith Lynam.
The award, which recognizes Lynam’s work “towards improving children’s rights in ways that encourage love for children, listening to children, fostering healthy children’s lives and building capacities in children in the spirit of Doctor Korczak,” was given by the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada and the Canadian Pediatrics Society Social Pediatrics Interest Group (SPIG) at the first annual SPIG Summit in May, 2017.
Lynam is a professor in the UBC School of Nursing at UBC who has an overriding interest in understanding the conditions that contribute to inequities in health and in exploring ways these can be addressed through practice and education. Over the past two decades she has worked in partnership with community-based organizations and health professionals in an effort to make health care more responsive to the needs of different groups within communities. Most recently, she has been instrumental in introducing social pediatrics as a solution to meet the health needs of Vancouver’s most vulnerable children. She has worked in partnership with community groups and colleagues in medicine, nursing and health care administration to research the RICHER practice initiative. Insights on system transformation from this research have been drawn upon to inform the design of the new MHLP degree in Seniors Care. Lynam has held a number of leadership positions in national and provincial organizations concerned with professional education and practice.