The Nursing & Kinesiology Building (NKB) is envisioned as a leading knowledge centre in the field of sustainable health, disease prevention, and chronic disease management. A model of cross-professional collaboration, the planning for the NKB is being undertaken by the School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Education) and the School of Nursing (Faculty of Applied Sciences), well known for their innovative work in community based health programs. This project proposes a new world class facility which will provide a unique integration of interdisciplinary research, teaching, clinical training and community outreach focusing on healthy living and aging, chronic illness prevention and management, and risk reduction for vulnerable populations.
The academic units intended to occupy this space are currently housed in in 11 different UBC facilities. The current space is dispersed, outmoded and inadequate and all the units have well-identified facilities needs including outdated laboratories and teaching facilities, deficiencies in accessibility, aging and unreliable infrastructure and current space targeted for demolition or alternate use. Governments have recognized that the health professions are facing significant shortages if several factors persist, including the number of educational seats available, the number of projected retirements, and demands on the system. UBC is limited in its potential to expand the related programs because of the limitations of the facilities that currently house these programs. Consolidation inn a new facility will improve program delivery, operations and provide opportunities for synergistic inter-professional education.
NKB is proposed as a new 17,115 GSM (184,225 GSF) building on the Gateway South site at the NW corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall. This new facility will address individual and collective teaching, learning, community engagement and research mandates in the fields of community health, healthcare and science. NKB will accommodate the School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Education) and School of Nursing (Faculty of Applied Sciences) which are currently housed in dispersed, outmoded and inadequate space. These groups are committed to inter-professional interaction that will contribute to each School’s continued leadership nationally and globally. Using highly connected teaching with virtual and simulation models, they will focus on flexible learning delivered through inter-professional education and practice and play an important provincial role in health policy development, health service delivery planning, education of health service providers and knowledge translation in health care.
This facility will provide a unique integration of research, teaching, clinical training and community outreach focusing on healthy living and aging, chronic illness prevention and management, and risk reduction for vulnerable populations.
Key concepts are:
- Community contexts and social determinants of health
- Design of healthful, sustainable living environments
- Role of active, healthy living in disease prevention and recovery
- Health behaviour change
- Home, community, and healthcare systems
- Vulnerable populations and health across lifespan
- Knowledge capture, translation, and implementation.
- Innovative knowledge centre in sustainable community health that will contribute directly to improved health and wellness in BC, Canada and the world
- Unique integration of research, teaching, clinical training and community outreach focusing on health living and aging, chronic illness prevention and management, and risk reduction for vulnerable populations.
- Emphasis on disease prevention and community-based approaches to health, and
- Inter-disciplinary, cross-professional learning, research and collaboration among complementary disciplines