I am Director of the UBC Centre for Population Health Promotion Research & a Full Professor in the School of Population & Public Health (Medicine), and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies. I am trained as a clinical psychologist. In the past 10 years, I have co-led more than 115 health-promotion research projects including many graduate research studies. I have had many Interdisciplinary & Departmental Graduate Students (Adult Education, Audiology, Commerce, Ed Studies, Healthcare Admin, HCEP, Human Kinetics, Nutrition, Planning, PoliSci, Psychology, and RMES). I have done research with colleagues from 34 disciplines/departments at UBC (and elsewhere) from Aboriginal Studies to Urban Studies. I have authored papers on community participation, mental health and population health, health impact assessment and participatory research. Prior work includes research on regional health boards; and national studies of measures of the health of communities, provincial health goals and development of criteria for health promotion in primary care. Current projects focus on health promotion and homelessness, community health & health literacy, and poverty & nutrition. I created a course (IHHS 200) on meaning, measurement and determinants of health, and I am designing a ‘Health 101’ course for the DTES. I was co-principal investigator on a 6-year, CIHR research-training program focused on community health promotion. I served for years as Chair of the Sociobehavioural Ethics Review Committee at UBC. I am a Member of the Board of the Lookout Homeless Shelter. I am also a member of International Advisory Committee for Australia’s Health Inequalities Research Collaboration and the Advisory Committee for the National Collaborating Centre on Social Determinants of Health (Canada). I am a co-PI on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s longitudinal study of the benefits of supportive housing for persons with mental health & addictions issues.
Masuda, J. Creighton, J. Nixon, S. Frankish, J. 2009. Building capacity for community based, participatory research for health disparities in Canada: The case of ‘Partnerships in Community Health Research. Health Promotion Practice. In Press.
Frankish J, Lovato C, Poureslami, I. 2008. Models, Theories and Principles of Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations in R. Huff & M. Kline, Editors, Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations, Second Edition, Sage.
Fuks Geddes C, Fielden S, Frankish J, 2007. Determinants of adolescent health in Adolescent Health, Edited by L. Foster & R. Tonkin, University of Victoria Press, Victoria.
Olsen L. Bottorff JL. Raina P. Frankish CJ. An ethnography of low-income mothers’ safeguarding efforts. Journal of Safety Research. 39(6):609-16, 2008.
Patterson, M., Somers, J., McIntosh, K., Shiell, A. & Frankish, J. 2007. Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in BC, Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), SFU Vancouver.
Evoy BE. McDonald M. Frankish CJ. Civil society? What deliberative democrats can tell advocates about how to build public commitment to the health promotion agenda. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 99(4):321-3, 2008.
Fielden S. Rusch M. Masinda M. Sands J. Frankish J. Evoy B. Key considerations for logic model development in research partnerships: a Canadian case study. Evaluation & Program Planning. 30(2):115-24, 2007
Fielden, S. Sheckter, L. Chapman, G., Alimenti, A., Forbes, J., Sheps, S., Cadell, S., Frankish, J. Growing up: perspectives of children, families and service providers regarding the needs of older children with perinatally-acquired HIV. AIDS Care. 18(8):1050-3,
Frankish C.J., Moulton G.E., Quantz D., Carson A.J., Casebeer A.L., Eyles J.D., Labonte R., Evoy B.E. Addressing the non-medical determinants of health: A survey of Canada’s health regions. Can J Public Health 2007; 98(1):41-47
Work in Progress (including degree of completion)
Frankish J. Homelessness in Canada. Invited Editorial for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Frankish, J., Reid, C., Gray, D., Moulton, G., et al. Cost & Patterns of Use of Psychotropic Medications by Homeless Shelter Clients.
Frankish, J., O’Shannacery, K., Gray, D., Quantz D. & Klaver, K. Self-Reported Health & Quality of Life Among User of Homeless Shelter Facilities in Vancouver, Canada.
Gray, D., Klaver K. & Frankish, 2007. Navigating Homelessness and Health and Social Services: Experiences of Marginalized Persons, Drawn from a recent report to HRSDC.
Kwan B, Frankish J. et al. Measuring & Operationalizing Community Capacity: Synthesis Paper.
2009. Wu A., Begoray D., MacDonald M., Wharf Higgins J., Frankish J., Kwan B., Fung W. & Rootman I. Measuring Health Literacy of Canadian High School Students.
2009. Frankish, J., Gray, D., Moulton G., Reid, C., Johal, G., Soma R. & Klaver, K. Newspapers and Homelessness: Whose Fault? What Solutions?
2009. Moulton G., Frankish, J., Carson A., Labonté R., Evoy B., Casebeer A., Eyles J., Gerbrandt J., Pryce C. & Tirone, S. Critical Factors Influencing Action on the Non-Medical Determinants of Health: A Canadian Perspective of Health Authorities and Partners.
2009. Moulton G., Labonté R., Frankish J., Casebeer A., Eyles J., Carson, A., Evoy B., Gerbrandt, J., Pryce, C. & Tirone S. Addressing the Non-Medical Determinants of Health: A Canadian Perspective of Regional Health Authorities and their Partners – Setting Priorities, Developing Strategies, and Adopting Roles,
AREA OF SPECIALTY OR INTEREST
Community Partnership Research
Homelessness & Health
Citizen Participation in Health-System Reform
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Health promotion in primary care
BC Homelessness & Health Research Network
Community partnership research
Measurement of health literacy, and health literacy in schools
Role of health regions in addressing non-medical determinants of health
Report Card on the 2010 Olympics as a Catalyst for a Healthy Community
Homelessness & Mental Illness