Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Erica Frank is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. She is also the founder and president of NextGenU.org, a free source of online accredited higher education modules. Her role in the InFORM project is to create and test a new learning module for NextGenU that will be focused on science communication and will use InFORM science as a case study. Dr. Frank joined the InFORM team because she was excited for the opportunity to be part of a team of scientists working to accurately convey research that directly addresses public concern. She hopes that the public will understand that the British Columbia fishery remains safe to enjoy, but that as a community we should remain aware that our actions can have great affect.
Erica found her passion for public health while a young child traveling with her family in Nepal. She was shocked to learn that some Nepalese children were injured by their parents to improve their begging prospects. This surprising lesson has motivated her to seek improvements in preventative medicine and social responsibility. When not diligently working on expanding course offerings at NextGenU, Erica can be found exploring the beaches around her homes located in Nanoose Bay, BC and Sedro Wooly, WA.