Who We Are

BC-PHCRN is funded through a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) with matching funds from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). In order to be a member of the pan-Canadian Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network, BC-PHCRN is required to fulfill criteria set by the CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) program, including having tripartite leadership (science, policy, clinical) that reflects the continuum of care. BC-PHCRN aim to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers.


Science Lead

swDr. Sabrina Wong is a Professor at the UBC School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. Sabrina brings to this network her experience as co-Principal Investigator on the CIHR-Signature Initiative for Community Based Primary Health Care Innovation (CBPHC) team “Transforming CBPHC delivery through comprehensive performance measurement and reporting”.

Policy Co-lead

hdDr. Heather Davidson is Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Innovation Division, for the BC Ministry of Health. Heather brings to this network her experience in development and oversight of the BC SPOR SUPPORT Unit and the BC Academic Health Sciences Network.

Policy Co-lead

Shana Ooms is Executive Director of Primary Care in the Primary and Community Care Policy Division of the BC Ministry of Health. Shana brings to this network more than a decade of experience supporting the advancement of primary health care through a variety of research, policy development, and leadership positions.

Clinical Co-lead

ajDr. Anne Junker is an Associate Professor (Pediatrics) based at the BC Children’s Hospital. Anne brings to this network her experience as Scientific Director of the pan-Canadian Maternal Infant Child & Youth Research Network which connects 20 Canadian maternal-child research organizations and 23 specialty practice-based perinatal and pediatric networks.

Clinical Co-lead

Dr. Fiona Duncan is a family physician and a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC’s Department of Family Practice. Fiona brings to this network her experience as a representative on the General Practices Services Committee, Chair on the Vancouver Division of Family Practice Board of Directors, and Chair on the Division’s Continuity of Care Committee.

Co-Applicants on the CIHR grant

  • Annette Brown, Professor, UBC School of Nursing
  • Kimberlyn McGrail, Associate Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health
  • Martha MacLeod, Professor and Chair, School of Nursing, University of Northern BC
  • Garey Mazowita, Clinical Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Martin Dawes, Professor and Head, UBC Department of Family Practice

Advisory Committee

The committee is comprised of approximately 25 members and includes representatives from the key stakeholder groups – patients, researchers, clinicians, and decision-makers – ensuring equitable geographic representation from around the province.


Melody Monro, Network Manager
Dawn Mooney, Communications Specialist