The Rural Health Equity Cluster is a multi-disciplinary team of academics from nursing, medicine, social work, management, health economics, sociology and computer science.
By working together, the team brings diverse perpectives and expertise to collaborate for a common goal: to explore innovative ways to leverage technology and local organizations to promote rural health equity.
Dr. Kathy Rush
Dr. Kathy Rush is a professor and the MSN Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).
Dr. Rush’s program of research seeks to enhance the health and well-being of older adults with complex health challenges, across healthcare and geographic contexts. Current projects are looking at virtual healthcare delivery (e.g., telehealth) for rural older adults and the role of technology for health promotion in rural and remote communities.
Dr. Eric Li
Dr Eric Li is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).
Dr. Li’s research interests include social enterprise and social innovation, not-for-profit marketing, pro-social behaviour, multicultural marketing and consumption, consumer well-being, health promotion, consumer privacy, food security, and digital marketing and social media marketing. Current projects focus on community well-being, and engaging local stakeholders in sustainable rural communities.
Dr. Cherisse Seaton
Dr. Cherisse Seaton holds a PhD in Psychology, and is the Research Coordinator for the Rural Health Equity Cluster at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).
Dr. Seaton is responsible for coordinating all activities related to the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the Rural Health Equity research project.
Student Research Assistants
Trina Kushnerik (2022-2023), Puneet Aulakh (2022-2023), Kendra Corman (2021-2023), Nicole Hawe (2021-2022), Meaghan Hagerty (2021-2022), Livia Jonnatan (2021), Sarah Singh (2020-2021), Brodie Kern (2020), Sara Amis (2020).
Betsy Leimbigler, PostDoc (2021-2022), Nicole Hawe, MEDD FLEX Student Project (2021-2022)