Responding to a pandemic does not just involve protective equipment, drugs, ventilators, and laboratories.
It involves people and how they react to what is happening around them. Context and culture come into play in our communities and in clinical responses to situations such as the one we are experiencing now.
Myles Leslie is a researcher in the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, and an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy in health and social policy. His work focuses on the real-world challenges of engaging and involving us all in health care practices and policy.
He has received new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to assess how policies, protocols, priorities, and communication channels are functioning and interpreted during the pandemic. From what he has seen so far our provincial systems are adapting and holding up well, even as conditions quickly change around them.
Don Hill talked to Myles Leslie about what he is learning now and hopes to learn in the future from Alberta’s public health professionals and clinicians.