Jane Buxton

Professor
School of Population and Public Health

Jane Buxton is a professor and practicum director of the Masters of Public Health program in the School of Population and Public Health. She works half time as physician epidemiologist at BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) where she leads surveillance for hepatitis and bloodbourne pathogens and is medical lead for harm reduction. Jane gained her medical degree in London (UK) and worked as a family physician for 7 years. She came to Canada and completed her Public Health and Preventive Medicine (formerly Community medicine) residency at UBC in 1999 and is a graduate of Health Canada federal field epidemiology program.

Primary Recipient Awards

Wall Solutions, Jane Buxton, 2014

Jane Buxton
Wall Solutions

Peer engagement in harm reduction: development, implementation and evaluation of best practice guidelines for British Columbia

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jane Buxton, BC Centre for Disease Control, School Population and Public Health, UBC

Partner Organization(s): BC Harm Reduction Services and Strategies Committee; Regional Health Authorities; Provincial Health Services; BC Ministry of Health; BC First Nations Health Authority

People who use drugs, also known as ‘peers’, are more likely to experience poor health outcomes and to die prematurely, negatively impacting individuals, families and society. Harm reduction programs are internationally accepted as effective for reducing harms and health disparities associated with drug use. However, there are large variations in the availability, accessibility, acceptability and utilization of harm reduction programs across British Columbia.

Working in partnership with peers can reduce these inequities by making the program and services relevant and responsive to peer needs, removing barriers such as stigma and discrimination, and increasing uptake of harm reduction services. As public health researchers and staff from the University of British Columbia, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the BC Harm Reduction Services and Strategies Committee, we aim to engage peers as the experts, establish best practice guidelines for peer engagement, and to develop an enhanced peer network in BC.

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