From One Doctor to Another

From One Doctor to Another

Community and Regional Planning | Faculty of Applied Science
Share Story Related Content Add to my report

Lyana Patrick wanted to be a doctor so that she could help fellow members of the Carrier Nation with their health. After much thought, and a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Leonie Sandercock, a UBC School of Community and Regional Planning professor, she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in community planning.

To most people, switching from medicine to community planning is a complete 180, but not to Lyana. “Planning, some people argue is about land use, infrastructure, transit, all sorts of things,” she says, “But in First Nation’s communities, you can change the entire infrastructure, but unless you deal with health inequities, unless you look at the historical experiences of trauma, the Indian residential school system, and all subsequent things like disconnection from culture and each other, unless those issues are addressed, it will be difficult to create long-lasting change in communities.”

Through her PhD research in community planning at UBC, she hopes to better understand the likelihood of creating a “continuum of care” model, which would address interrelated issues, such as addictions and mental health, while taking into consideration the community’s collective traumatic and historical identity.

“This isn’t a revolutionary idea,” she says of a continuum of care model. “But, what I bring is a broader perspective, and the results will potentially impact more people than might have been possible in medicine, and will hopefully address a broader range of issues than has traditionally been the case in the western health care system.”

Lyana is not the only one who thinks she can influence real change. She recently received a Vanier Scholarship, one of Canada’s most prestigious scholarships, awarded to world-class doctoral students. The award recognizes exceptional leadership and scholarly achievement at Canadian universities and provides recipients with $50,000 a year, for up to three years.


Related Content

Lyana Patrick

Associated Commitment

Aboriginal Engagement

Associated Campus

Okanagan Campus


RT @UBCSALA: There's some familiar work on the homepage of dbXchange...#UBCSALA #SALAGambier
about 18 hours ago.
RT @DudocVancouver: Researchers @UBC discover more trees reduce home #energy consumption. #UrbanDesign #Vancouver #EnergyEfficiency https:/…
about 19 hours ago.
RT @UBC: Nine #UBC researchers have attracted a combined $23.4m in the latest round of Foundation Grants from @CIHR_IRSC.…
about 22 hours ago.
RT @ubcprez: UBC Masters or Final Year PhD students. Consider David Suzuki Fellowships
about 22 hours ago.
.@UBCNursing prof @ElizabethSaewyc's @SARAVYC receives major @CIHR_IRSC grant to narrow health gap for LGBTQ youth…
1 day ago.
RT @ubconews: .@ubcengineering and @AccelerateOK create new way for renters and landlords to connect with @happipadrent…
1 day ago.
Keep the Arbutus Corridor for Cyclists and Walkers, op-ed piece by @UBCSALA professor Daniel Roehr:…
1 day ago.
RT @nbanthia: Loved teaching #MaterialsScience to students from 6 countries during #Vancouver Summer Program at @ubc !! @UBCCivilEng #VSP @…
1 day ago.
The Riverview Village Intentional Community Society is hiring a Research and Design Intern! Info here: via @UBCscarp
4 days ago.
RT @ubcengineering: Hoping for UBC Integrated Engineering alum Victor Chan to return to the Lower Mainland! via @BIVnews @ubcnews https:/…
4 days ago.

Leave a Reply