Webinar: The Provincial Overdose Cohort
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), together with a range of provincial partners, established the Provincial Overdose Cohort (ODC) to identify risk factors and trends in health care utilization associated with overdose in order to inform and support overdose response efforts.
A Call for Proposals (https://www.popdata.bc.ca/projects/ODC) has been issued, inviting researchers interested in accessing ODC data to apply via (PopData).
The webinar will provide a summary of the Cohort and its data, how it was developed and the data sources included. An overview of the data access process will also be included.
Chloé Xavier is an Epidemiologist on the Provincial Overdose Cohort at the BCCDC. Chloé has a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and has experience in Indigenous health, community engagement, food security, and data collection for hard to reach populations.
Melissa Medearis is the Data Management Advisor at PopData. Previously, Melissa was a Data Access Unit Coordinator at PopData, helping researchers’ data access requests go smoothly. Now she manages the usage of the ODC data in collaboration with the BCCDC and other partners. Melissa holds a Master’s in Economics from UBC.
Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite is a Senior Scientist for the Provincial Overdose Cohort at the BCCDC and an adjunct professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Dr. Slaunwhite leads an active program of research focused on overdose, substance use and health inequities that actively engages persons with lived/living experience.