Research Team

Research Assistant, Choice and Place of Birth Project

kira_ubcid-1-e1496184036314.jpgKira Barwich is the Research Assistant for the North Island Decision Aid project. Kira has her MSc in Global Health from Trinity College University of Dublin, Ireland and has spent time working on health research projects in Zimbabwe and Cambodia. Prior to this, Kira spent several months interning with a health-focused non-government organization in rural Indonesia. Kira is passionate about health for marginalized populations and rural health. She is keen to apply her international experience in health to the rural Canadian context. In her free time, Kira enjoys being active in the outdoors and is looking forward to calling British Columbia home and exploring more of its natural beauty.


UBC Medicine FLEX Student, Choice and Place of Birth Project

Krista pic Krista Loewen is a medical student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Southern Medical Program. Previously, she completed a BA in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where she developed a strong interest in Indigenous health and health care systems and policy. Her study interests also include rural and remote medicine, and she is keen to spend more time working in rural areas. Prior to university, she spent several years working in the international development sector and in the music industry. Her hobbies include cross-country skiing, music and gardening.


UBC Medicine FLEX Student, Choice and Place of Birth Project

hannah chester
Hannah Chester is a medical student at the University of British Columbia in the Northern Medical Program. She completed by Bachelor of science in Nursing at Vancouver Island University and practiced as a Registered Nurse for two years in a rural community prior to entering medical school. Her interests is on rural and remote health and looks forward to working with this team to work towards improving health for remote communities. Some of her hobbies include playing sports and being outside.


Project Assistant, Mobile Maternity (MOM) Project

Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim is the Mobile Maternity Project Assistant at CRHR. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University with concentration in population and quantitative health sciences. Her particular research interests lie in rural health services, Indigenous health and patient-centered care. Previously, she was employed as a research assistant at the SFU Centre for Research on Early Child Health and Education. Jessica has extensive volunteer leadership experience with non-profit organizations in BC, including the one she has founded. Outside of work, she loves to play cello and travel with her family.


Media Assistant


Evonne Tran is an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia. She is currently completing her Bsc in Global Resource Systems specializing in Global Health and Nutrition. She works as a Media Assistant at CRHR where responsibilities include creating visuals such as infographics, branding, and media engagement. She has spent time abroad in Indonesia doing research on technological adoption of rice strains for smallholder rice farmers and done community development work in Vietnam. Some of Evonne’s hobbies include dance, travelling, and blogging.