Dr.’s Eric Li (Management), Charlene Ronquillo (Nursing), and Kathy Rush (Nursing) are teaming up with MURPH Scholars Emily Mayzes-Kotulla (Science) and Ashish Giri (Engineering) on a project called “A mobile makerspace to support inclusive patient and community-led technology solutions for rural health and wellness.” The overarching goal of the project is to establish the conceptual and practical foundations to inform the development of a mobile makerspace for health and wellness that will service rural British Columbia communities, with a focus on inclusive and creative technology solutions. Makerspace is defined in the Oxford English dictionary as: “A place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.” In this project, the goal of the Makerspace is to improve access, broaden participation, support diversity, and act as an “equalizer” for people to apply and advance knowledge towards the aim of supporting health and wellness in rural communities.

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