Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. She is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar.
She works with diverse stakeholders to ensure that her research reflects real needs (and questions) and that the findings are ‘brought back’ in a format that is usable. She has a strong commitment to knowledge mobilization. The research questions that she addresses can be captured within 3 broad themes; 1. Experiences of marginalized frail older adults within the Canadian health care system, their families and those health care practitioners who work with them; 2. Delivery of home/community based health care and the experiences of unregulated workers who provide the bulk of this care; 3. Intersection between older adult health, socio-economic status and the built environment.
Joanie is also a Knowledge Translation Scientist and Core Research Member at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility in Vancouver, BC. Sims-Gould led and advised on the creation of many knowledge translation tools and products, notably, a 19-minute documentary video called “I’d Rather Stay,” which addresses issues of mobility, isolation and independence through the eyes of older adults. The video was screened by City Councilors and City Managers across BC, Provincial Health representatives across the country, and in national and international film festivals.
Joanie is currently a Project Lead for Active Aging BC (ABC). ABC is a program delivered in partnership with BC Ministry of Health and community organizations that aims to improve the health, mobility and social connectedness of older adults in British Columbia by: (i) increasing opportunities for older adults to engage in physical and social activities, and (ii) developing strategies to prevent falls and fall related injury.
Joanie is a registered social worker and is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario.