Associate Professor
B.Sc.Pharm., ACPR., PharmD., Ph.D., RPh.
Rm 265, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048227181

Biography

Dr. Rosemin Kassam is a tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. She joined SPPH in 2011 having completed a decade long term as Director of Practice Education with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she developed and established an internationally recognized experiential program aligned with current health care practice. Her research covers primary health care with a specific focus on global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals.

The following highlights Dr. Kassam’s accomplishments over the past 25+ years

Professional experience:

·        25+ years of frontline clinical practice experience as Clinical Specialist in drug therapy management in chronic disease and geriatric medicine.

·        25+ years of experience in health education

·        20+ years of experience in primary care research

Previous academic positions:

·        Director of Practice Education, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, 1999-2010

·        Assistant and Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, 1999-2011

·        Director & Clinical Coordinator for the Pharmaceutical Care Research and Education Project, University of Alberta, 1996-1998

·        Expert & Lecturer in Geriatric Health, University of Alberta -Department of Continuing Education, 1986-1998

·        Clinical Instructor/Course Coordinator/Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, 1986-1996

Educational qualifications:

·        Doctor of Philosophy, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, BC

·        Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, ON

·        Pharmacy Residency Program ACPR, Royal Alexandria Hospital, AB

·        Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Alberta, AB

Clinical practice experiences:

·        Diabetes Clinical Specialist with Coastal Health Authority, BC

·        Clinical Specialist Gerontology and General Medicine, Edmonton General Hospital Northern Alberta Geriatric Program, AB

·        Primary care pharmacist, AB

·        Quality Control Pharmacist,  Western Industrial Research and Training Centre, AB

Awards and Recognition:

Dr. Kassam’s work has been disseminated in refereed journals and conferences, and is recognized

nationally and internationally though receipt of multiple awards

Award

Organization

Year

Basis

A1

The Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada National Award

Commitment to Care and Service

Lifetime service award

2011

A national Lifetime Service Award recognizing Commitment to Care and Service.

A2

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacists

Rufus A. Lyman  Award

2011

Award for a research publication that best demonstrates utility and significance to pharmacy. Highest recognitions in academic pharmacy

A3

British Columbia Pharmacy Association

Ben Gant Award

2010

Award recognizing decade long contribution for adding significant value to the community pharmacy profession in British Columbia

A4

Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC)

Bristol-Myers Squibb National Award for Excellence in Education Award

2010

Award for innovation in pharmacy education

A5

University of British Columbia, College of Health Disciplines

John F. McCreary Prize Honorable Mention

2008

Award for an inter-professional collaboration project: the development of an Inter-professional Web-Tool for practice education “E-Tips”

A6

Monash University and King’s College London: Pharmacy Education Symposium

Best Research Presentation

2005

Award for best presentation at the Pharmacy Education Symposium. Prato, Italy

 

A7

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists

E. Amy Eck Award

2004

Award for an innovative project – “Pre-testing of pictograms used in dispensed medicines by Canadian Armed Forces in non-English speaking ethnic populations.” 

A8

Pharmacy Post

DOSA Award

2003

Award for innovation in pharmacy practice. Project – “Provision of non-prescription medications to Canadian Forces members through civilian pharmacies”.

A9

American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education

New Investigator Award

2002

Award for the development of an informed shared decision making module  

 

Teaching and Students

Dr. Kassam’s educational efforts have focused on developing and evaluating educational courses and programs for current and future professionals to build knowledge, skills, competencies related to provision of patient-centered care and population and public health. A wide spectrum of learners have benefited from her teaching, including undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, multidisciplinary health practitioners from across Canada and the United States (including nursing, occupation therapists, speech/language therapists and social workers), and international pharmacists seeking re-certification in Canada. Her scholarly and pedagogical work has been recognized nationally and internationally though receipt of multiple awards. Furthermore, through collaboration with multi-disciplinary colleagues across British Columbia post-secondary institutions and Health Authorities, she has secured funding to pioneer novel programs to enhance learning for health professionals across all health and human service programs. Dr. Kassam has supervised over 100 students during her tenure at the University of British Columbia.

Courses instructed at the School of Population and Public Health:

(1)    SPPH 524: Core Biological Concepts of Public Health Practice. Section Standard Learning

(2)    SPPH 524: Core Biological Concepts of Public Health Practice. Section Distance Learning

Graduate student supervision since 2011

Eric Liow,

MSc Student

Bonnie McIntosh,

PhD Student

Abdullah Mamun,

MSc Student

Christine Dcruz,

MSc Student

Fidela Mushashi,

MSc Student

Nandini Maharaj,

PhD Student

Julia Parrilla,

MSc Student

Rachelle Lutz,

MSc Student

Allison McPeak

MPH

Michelle Chang

MPH

Web-tools designed: www.preceptoreducation.ca

(1)         Kassam, R., Drynnan, D., MacLeod E., Neufeld, L., Tidsball, G., Kwong, M. E-Tips for practice education. Online peer-reviewed program www.preceptoreducation.ca.Vancouver, British Columbia. May 6, 2008.

(2)         Kassam, R., Kwong, M. UBC Structured Practice Education Program overview. Online peer-reviewed Program www.preceptoreducation.ca. Vancouver, British Columbia. September 1, 2009.

(3)         Kassam, R., Kwong, M. A guide to pharmaceutical care. Online peer-reviewed program www.preceptoreducation.ca. Vancouver, British Columbia. September 1, 2009.

Publications

Journal publications (Select 30)

(1)      Kassam R., Collins JB., Liow E., Rasool N. Narrative review of current context of malaria and management strategies in Uganda (Part I). Acta Tropica. 2015.1:16-33. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/1/1/16

(2)      Kassam R., Collins JB., Liow E., Rasool N. Caregivers’ treatment-seeking behaviors and practices in Uganda – A systematic review (Part II)). Acta Tropica. 2015.1:16-33. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/1/1/16

(3)      Kassam R., Estrada A., Huang Y., Bhander B., Collins J. Addressing cultural competency in pharmacy education through international service learning and community engagement. Pharmacy Practice. 2013.1(1):16-33. Available at: http://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/1/1/16

(4)      Kassam R., Kwong M., Collins JB. A demonstration study comparing “role-emergent” versus “role-established” pharmacy clinical placement experiences in long-term care facilities. BMC Medical Education. 2013.13:104. Available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/13/104

(5)      Kassam R., Kwong M., Collins JB. Role-emergent model: an effective strategy to address clinical placement shortages. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2013. Available at: http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/vol11num4/Kassam.htm.

(6)      Kassam R., Kwong M., Collins JB. Promoting direct patient care services at community pharmacies through advanced pharmacy practice experiences. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2013. 21, pp. 368-377. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijpp.12016/pdf

(7)      Kassam R., MacLeod E., Kwong M., Tidball G., Collins J., Neufeld L., Drynan D. An Interprofessional Web-Based Resource for Health Professions Preceptors. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2012; 76(9):Article 168. Available at: http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC3508482/pdf/ajpe769168.pdf.

(8)      Kassam R., Kwong M., Collins J. An online module series to prepare pharmacists to facilitate student engagement in patient-centered care delivery: development and evaluation. Advances in Medical Education and Practice. 2012; 3(1):61-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S29922. Available at: http://www.dovepress.com/an-online-module-series-to-prepare-pharmacists-to-facilitate-student-e-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP.

(9)      Kassam R., Collins JB, Berkowitz J. Patient satisfaction with pharmaceutical care delivery in community pharmacies. Patient Preferences and Adherence. 2012; 6(1):337 – 348. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PPAS29606. Available at: http://www.dovepress.com/patient-satisfaction-with-pharmaceutical-care-delivery-in-community-ph-peer-reviewed-article-PPA.

(10)    Leung S., Mattman A., Snyder F., Kassam R., Meneilly G., Nexo E. Metformin induces reductions in plasma cobalamin and haptocorrin bound cobalamin levels in elderly diabetic patients. Clinical Biochemistry. 2010; 46(9):759-760. doi:10.1016/j.clinbiochem. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20214894.

(11)    Kassam R., Collins J, Berkowitz J. Comparison of Patients’ Expectations and Experiences at Traditional Pharmacies and Pharmacies Offering Enhanced Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2010; 74(5):90. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907855/

(12)    Kassam R., Collins J., Berkowitz J. Developing anchored measures of patient satisfaction with pharmaceutical care delivery: experiences versus expectations. Patient Preferences and Adherence. 2009; 3:113-122. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S5087. Available at: http://www.dovepress.com/developing-anchored-measures-of-patient-satisfaction-with-pharmaceutic-peer-reviewed-article .

(13)    Kassam R., Kwong M. An enhanced community advanced pharmacy practice experience model to improve patient care. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2009; 73(2):Article 25. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2690893/.

(14)    Kassam R., Collins J. Validation of a survey instrument to evaluate students’ learning during community-based advanced pharmacy practice experiences. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2009 October 1; 73(6): Article 106.     Available at http://archive.ajpe.org/aj7306/aj7306106/aj7306106.pdf.

(15)    Charles G., Bainbridge L., Copeman-Stewart K., Kassam R., and Tiffin S. The impact of an interprofessional rural healthcare practice education experience on students and communities. Journal of Allied Health. 2008;37(3):127-131.

(16)    Kassam R., Poole G., Collins J. Development of an instrument to assess the impact of an enhanced experiential model on pharmacy students’ learning opportunities, skills and attitudes: a retrospective comparative-experimentalist study. BMC Medical Education. 2008;8:17. Available at: www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/8/17

(17)    Kassam R., Volume-Smith C., Albon S. Informed shared decision making: An exploratory study in pharmacy. Pharmacy Practice. 2008;6(2):57-67. Available at: www.pharmacypractice.org/vol06/02/toc.htm.

(18)    Kassam R., Meneilly, G. Role of the pharmacist on a multidisciplinary diabetes team. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2007;31(3):215-222.

(19)    Kassam R. Evaluation of pharmaceutical care opportunities within an advanced pharmacy practice experience. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2006; 70(03): Article 49. Available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1636962/

(20)    Kassam, R., Albon, S., Bainbridge, L., Suto, M., Collins, J. Learning by doing: Enhancing interprofessional students’ awareness of informed shared decision making. Internet Journal for Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2006; 4(4):1-11. ISSN 1540-580X2006. Available at: http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/vol4num4/kassam.pdf.

(21)    Charles, G., Bainbridge, L., Copeman-Stewart, K., Tiffin, S., Kassam, R. The interprofessional rural program of British Columbia. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2006;20(1):40-50. Available at http://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/doi/pdf/10.1080/13561820500498154.

(22)    Kassam, R., Vaillancourt R., Collins J. Pictographic instructions for medications:  Do different cultures interpret them accurately? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2005;12(4):199-209.

(23)    Kassam, R., Vaillancourt, R., Trottier, M. An evaluation of a pharmacist-managed non-prescription drug benefit for Canadian military personnel. Journal of the American Pharmacy Association. 2005;45(2):170-178.Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15868759

(24)    Kassam, R. Focus group methodology to develop a community pharmaceutical care clerkship program. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2003;67(3):Article 88. Available at: http://archive.ajpe.org/aj6703/aj670388/aj670388.pdf

(25)    Kassam, R., Martin, L.G., Farris, K.B. Reliability of the Medication Appropriateness Index (MAI) in community pharmacies. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2003;37(1):40-6. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12503931

(26)    Vaillancourt, R., Trottier, M., Kassam, R. Provision of non-prescription medications to Canadian Forces members through civilian pharmacies. Interim results of a pilot project. Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, 2002;135(9):36-37.

(27)    Volume, C.I., Farris, K.B., Kassam, R., Cox, C., Cave, A. Pharmaceutical care research and education project (PREP): Patient outcomes after the provision of pharmaceutical care. Journal of the American Pharmacy Association. 2001;41(3):411-420.

(28)    Farris, K.B., Kassam, R., Cox, C., Volume, C.I., Cave, A., Schopflocher, D., Tessier, G. Evaluation of a practice enhancement program to implement pharmaceutical care. American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 1999;63(3):277-284. Available at: http://archive.ajpe.org/legacy/pdfs/aj630304.pdf

(29)    Kassam, R., Farris, K.B., Cox, C.E., Volume, C.I., Cave, A., Schopflocher, D., Tessier, G. Tools used to implement pharmaceutical care. Journal of the American Pharmacy Association. 1999;39(6):843-56. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10609451.

(30)    Magar, R.S., Doucette, D., Kassam, R., Seto, W., Einarson, T.R. Warfarin in atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis and pharmacoeconomic analysis. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1995;2(3):109-117.

 

Conference Proceedings (Select 30)

(1)      Kassam, R. Estimating caregivers’ malaria-related treatment-seeking behaviors in Ugandan children under 5: a rural field study. CUGH Global Health Conference, “Mobilizing Research for Global Health”, in Boston, Massachusetts, March 26 – 28, 2015

(2)      Kassam, R. Access to Artemisinin combination therapies (ACT) remain low in a rural district of Uganda despite the introduction of subsidy schemes to make ACTs more affordable through the private sector. Unite For Sight 11th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference. Yale University, New Haven Connecticut. 2014. April 13, 2014

(3)      Kassam, R., Estrastra, A., Huang, Y., Bhander, B., Collins. J.B. International Service Learning and Community Engagement Course Contributes to Cultural Competency. Monash and King’s Pharmacy Education Symposium. Prato, Italy. July 8, 2013.

(4)      Aboud F, Ashraf Ali N, Taleb T, Kassam R,. (2013). Overcoming delays to seeking treatment for suspected sepsis in newborns and young children in Bangladesh. The 20th Canadian Conference on International Health. The 20th Canadian Conference on International Health, Canada

(5)      Kassam, R. Using Role Emerging Placement Model to Foster Interprofessional Learning and Collaboration during Fieldwork Experience in Long Term Care Facilities. The 6th All Together Better Health conferences (ATBH6). Kobe, Japan. October 5, 2012.

(6)      Kassam, R. Cultivating Pharmacy Services in Long-Term Care Facilities Through Role-Emerging Experiential models. 17th International Social Pharmacy Workshop. Phuket, Thailand. July 25, 2012.

(7)      Kassam R. (2011). Engaging the patient in clinical services: Developing the therapeutic relationship. British Columbia Pharmacy Association Professional Practice Development Workshop, Canada

(8)      Kassam, R. Change management in pharmacy. British Columbia Pharmacy Association Professional Practice Development Workshop. Vancouver, Canada. June 11, 2011.

(9)      Kassam, R., Kwong, M., Kim-Sing, A. An Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Residential Care Facilities. Monash and King’s Pharmacy Education Symposium. Prato, Italy. July 12, 2011.

(10)    Kassam, R., Kwong, M., Kim-Sing, A. A web-based educational program to support pharmacy educators and supervisors. International Social Pharmacy Workshop Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. August 23-26, 2010.

(11)    Kassam, R., Kim-Sing, A., Kwong, M., Sin, Y., Ho, C. Enhancing a community APPE model using quality assurance measures. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Conference. Seattle, Washington. July 10, 2010.

(12)    Kassam, R., Kim-Sing, A., Kwong, M., Sin, Y., Ho, C. Demonstration project to build practice education in residential care (RC) facilities in British Columbia. Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia. June 2, 2010.

(13)    Kassam, R., Kim-Sing, A., Kwong, M., Sin, Y., Ho, C. Supporting pharmacy experiential education – development of an online clinical instructor education program (CIEP). Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia. June 2, 2010.

(14)    Kassam R. (2009). Health literacy initiatives in Uganda. Forum on developing a framework for ethnicity related health research, Canada

(15)    Drynan D, Kassam R, MacLeod LD, Neufeld L, Tidball G. (2009). Preparing the next generation of clinical educators: development of a web-based resource for health care practitioners. Collaborating across borders conference II: Building bridges between interprofessional education and practice, Canada

(16)    Kassam, R. (In collaboration with Pharmacy Experiential Programs of Canada). Linking Canadian patient safety initiatives and experiential. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Conference. Chicago, US. July 21, 2008.

(17)    Kassam, R. (In collaboration with Pharmacy Experiential Programs of Canada). Interprofessional professional practice education: What’s happening in Canada. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Conference. Chicago, US. July 21, 2008.

(18)    Kassam R, Kwong M. (2005). What do patients expect from their community pharmacists? Where’s the patient’s voice in health professional education. International Conference. College of Health Disciplines, UBC, Canada

(19)    Vaillancourt, R., Kassam, R. Pictographic instructions for medications: do other cultures interpret them accurately? American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists 39th Midyear Clinical Meeting, Orlando, Florida. US. December 5-9, 2004

(20)    Kassam, R., Vaillancourt, R., Sadikali, Z. Pre-testing of pictograms used in dispensed medicines. 63rd International Congress of FIP, Sydney, Australia. September 4-9, 2003.

(21)    Vaillancourt, R., Kassam, R. Provision of over-the-counter products. National Primary Health Care Conference. Winnipeg, Canada. May 18, 2004.

(22)    Vaillancourt, R., Kassam, R. Symptom resolution of common ailments treated with over-the-counter medications provided directly by community pharmacists. 63rd International Congress of FIP, Sydney, Australia. September 4-9, 2003.

(23)    Kassam, R. An academia-community practice partnership model in experiential learning – a Canadian university experience. The Monash University Pharmacy Practice Symposium. Prato, Italy. September 9, 2002.

(24)    Kassam, R., Murray, M., Albon, S., Volume, C., Godolphin, W., Towle, A., Bainbridge, L., Suto, M. Informed shared decision making: An exploratory study. Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) Conference. Winnipeg, Canada. May 10-13, 2002.

(25)    Kassam, R., Murray, M., Albon, S., Volume, C., Godolphin, W., Towle, A., Bainbridge, L., Suto, M. Informed shared decision making (ISDM): An interdisciplinary model for enhancing pharmaceutical care and student learning in pharmacy curricula. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Conference. Toronto, Canada. July 2001.

(26)    Kassam, R.  Implementing pharmaceutical care in community pharmacies, experience based on the Pharmaceutical Care Research & Education Project. Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Banff Conference. Banff, AB.  March 1997.

(27)    Volume, C., Farris, B.K, Kassam, R., Ponting, A., Cox, C.  Practice enhancement program within pharmacies providing pharmaceutical care: An application of social learning theory. Madison Wisconsin.  The 9th International Social Pharmacy Workshop: Researching Change. August 1996.

(28)    Kassam, R., Farris, K.B., Volume, C., Schopflocher, D., Tessier, G., Cox, C.  Health outcomes of senior Albertans after the provision of pharmaceutical care.  American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Mid-Year.  December 1996.

(29)    Volume, C., Farris, K.B., Kassam, R., Cox, C., Ponting, A. Practice enhancement program within pharmacies providing pharmaceutical care:  An application of social learning theory.  Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) Conference.  Calgary, Canada. May 1996.

(30)    Doucette, D., Kassam, R., Seto, W.  Efficacy of warfarin in prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis. Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Professional Practice Conference.  Toronto, Canada.  Feb. 1995.


 

Knowledge and Technology Translation

2012

Community Engagement.

Activity Description: Participants included: Butaleja District of Uganda politicians, health providers, and tribal and religious leaders. The intent of the 1-day KT workshop was to: (1) identify actionable and changeable determinants that can be used as leverage points for defining a health promotion model; and (2) describe local resources and infrastructures that can support a future sustainable health promotion model to improve caregivers’ practices.

2009-2010

Community Engagement

Activity Description: 1-day KT workshop aimed to share and promote the use of two web-tools: (1) A Guide to Pharmaceutical Care – to assist pharmacists in their transition to implement patient-centered care, and (2) E-tips for interprofessional health providers to support practice educators in their role as mentors for novice practitioners and students. Outcomes/Deliverable: Both tools were endorsed by BC Health regions and major community-based pharmacies, with individuals from their organization subsequently attending a train the trainer program. Other E-tips users: BC pharmacy residents, pharmacy practice educators in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland; nursing professional bodies across Canada and US. Recently French version created for Quebec.

2003-2005

Community Engagement

Activity Description: Participants included primary care pharmacists from community pharmacies across BC. The purpose of this 2-day KT workshop was to present a DIABETES patient-centered model designed for primary care community pharmacy settings. The workshop delivered a patient-centered framework of practice to engage with diabetic patients, discussed current diabetes treatment guidelines, and provided the participants with the opportunity to hone diabetes related knowledge, skills and competencies using cased-based scenarios with standardized patients

2002-2004

Community Engagement

Activity Description: Participants included primary care pharmacists from community pharmacies across BC. The purpose of this 2-day KT workshop was to present a patient-centered ASTHMA practice model developed for the community pharmacy setting. The module provided a framework of practice for engaging asthma patients, discussed current asthma practice guidelines, and provide the participants with the opportunity to hone asthma related knowledge, skills and competencies using cased-based scenarios with standardized patients.

1997-1997

Community Engagement

Activity Description: Three successful KT 1-day workshops were held at Canadian Military at bases in Ottawa, Petawawa, and Halifax funded by the Canadian Forces. Attendees were Canadian Forces pharmacists. The aim of the KT was to introduce pharmacists to a patient-centered smoking cessation model with hands-on training. Outcome/deliverable: was to have the pharmacists implement this program within their health services to assist Canadian Forces members with smoking cessation.

Research Overview

Dr. Kassam’s research covers primary health care with a specific focus on global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals.

Some of her grants and research as Principal Investigator, Co-Lead, and Co—investigator include:

(1)         CIHR Grant: Reducing malaria related child mortality in Uganda: defining a sustainable community self-management program,

(2)         Hampton Grant: Developing measures of malaria-related health literacy for caregivers of children five years and under in Uganda,

(3)         CIDA Grant: Interrupting Pathways to Maternal, Newborn and Early Childhood Sepsis Initiative in Bangladesh,

(4)         CIHR Grant: Assessing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) knowledge, beliefs, and health literacy in Chinese immigrant adults with a diagnosis of COPD,

(5)         CIHR Grant: Asthma Health literacy in Newcomer Communities: A population-based Qualitative Study,

(6)         Canadian Forces Grant: Evaluating interpretability of newly designed medication pictograms among different cultures where Canadian Forces provide relief missions,

(7)         Canadian Forces Grant: Evaluation of the Canadian Forces non-prescription program,

(8)         Ministries of Advanced Education & Health Services (Practice Education Innovative fund) Grant: A multi-site multidisciplinary practice education capacity building initiative across the province of BC,

(9)         Ministries of Advanced Education & Health Services (Practice Education Innovative fund) Grant: Building capacity in BC residential care institutional sites,

(10)      Ministries of Advanced Education & Health Services (Practice Education Innovative fund) Grant: BC practice education renewal in health authorities – collaborative project for e-orientation for students and faculty,

(11)      Health Canada & Ministries of Health Services Grant: Inter-professional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centered Practice (IECPCP) – Curricula development and evaluation,

(12)      UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancing Fund (TLEF) Grant: Cross-cultural implications of informed shared decision making,

(13)      Dawson Fund: Development and Evaluation of novel partnership models between experiential practice and Community pharmacy teaching sites in BC to promote patient-centered care,

(14)      American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and Burroughs Welcome: New Investigator’s Award: Development of an informed shared decision making module for students & clinical instructors,

(15)      Grant from a consortium of community-based pharmacies: Knowledge translation: improving medication use among various populations through health promotion and health service initiatives- programs development and evaluation.

Keywords encapsulating Dr. Kassam’s Research:

·        Mixed methods

·        Disease management

·        Qualitative methods

·        Patient-centered care

·        Survey methodology

·        Pharmaceutical care

·        Exploratory research

·        Patient and client outcomes

·        Systematic reviews

·        Cultural competencies

·        Implementation and evaluation research

·        Behavioral change

·        Community-based research

·        Community readiness

·        Global health – locally and internationally

·        Health services and systems research

·        Primary care

·        Interdisciplinary research

·        Capacity building

·        Mindfulness practices and health

·        Self-efficacy and empowerment

·        Health education

Diseases and Health conditions

·        Infectious diseases (Malaria, TB, Sepsis, others)

·        Smoking cessation

·        Chronic diseases (Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, cardiovascular, others)

·        Mental health

Regions

·        Canada (Alberta, British Columbia)

·        Bangladesh

·        Africa (Uganda)