This award recognizes a scientist at Providence Health Care who demonstrates the mission and values of Providence Health Care while conducting outstanding research.
Dr. Anita Palepu is recognized both nationally and internationally for her research work with marginalized populations such as injection drug users and persons with unstable housing. She has established herself as an independent clinician-scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital and has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Palepu assumed the role of Head, Department of Medicine for both UBC and PHC in 2019. Dr. Palepu is an outstanding clinician, educator, researcher, mentor and administrator who has been recognized for excellence in each of these areas and is highly regarded by everyone who knows her.
Dr. Palepu’s research has focused on populations who are vulnerable to poor health outcomes such as persons who experience homelessness and unstable housing. During her career, she has collaborated with researchers across the country on the Health and Housing in Transition Study (5-year observational cohort), and locally with the Vancouver At Home Study (Housing First intervention) and more recently the New Leaf Project (direct giving intervention to individuals who are homeless).
She has mentored many junior faculty, fellows, resident and students over her career and it is the highlight of her career to witness them shine and grow.
Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Palepu’s inspiring work: