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Jaris Swidrovich Pharmacist + Health Care + Educator

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'Bridging the Healthcare Gap'

Swidrovich is Canada's first and only First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. Lecturer, Mentor, Community leader, Swidrovich combines experience meeting organizational needs and Health Care mandates. Jaris is passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted. He integrates personal stories to explain complex issues which resonates with both young and old. His powerful presentations illustrate how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the TRC’s Calls to Action.

Dr Swidrovich's maternal grandmother was a residential school survivor and his mother is a '60s Scoop survivor. Jaris is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and was born, raised, and continues to reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jaris graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP), completed a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto in 2013 and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

In his earlier years as a health professional, Jaris noticed the lack of representation of Indigenous people in health care and the inadequate education of health care workers on Indigenous history, health, and culture. In his work as a clinical pharmacist, and as a Lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Jaris is dedicated to educating health care workers and students on Indigenous issues and reconciliation. He has spoken at all 10 Schools of Pharmacy in Canada, educating both staff and students about the importance of Indigenous perspective in health care.

Jaris was the Principal Investigator for a Canadian Institute of Research Funding grant into “Two Spirit peoples’ experiences accessing and receiving care in community pharmacies”. In March 2020 he was also a part of the new Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis Health and Wellness Research team which received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding to establish nine Indigenous health research centres across the country.

Jaris has worked as a Clinical Coordinator of Pharmaceutical Services with the Saskatoon Health Region, where his work was caring for adult inpatients living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders. Within this area of expertise, Jaris works with and advocates for, the LGBTQ and homeless populations who may be living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty. Jaris remains active on the City of Saskatoon's Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee, and as a Director on the board of Sanctum Care Group.

    • Identifying how colleges, schools, and institutions may respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
    • Identifying a multitude of opportunities to "Indigenize" the classroom (e.g., delivery, assessment, evaluation)
    • Interpreting how health care workers, health institutions, and health regions may address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
    • Interpreting and applying the differences between cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural competence, and cultural safety, with a focus on Indigenous people
    • Describing the history and health inequities experienced by Indigenous people in Canada
    • Preventing racism, both systemic and personal, in health care and education
    • Drug therapy for HIV/AIDS
    • Social determinants of health in HIV/AIDS and other health conditions
    • Challenges unique to Indigenous Canadians in diagnosing and treating HIV/AIDS
    • Drug therapy for mental illness
    • Social determinants of health in mental illness and other health conditions
    • Challenges unique to Indigenous Canadians in diagnosing and treating mental illness
    • Drug therapy for substance use disorders
    • Social determinants of health in substance use disorders and other health conditions
    • Challenges unique to Indigenous Canadians in diagnosing and treating substance use disorders
    • Differentiating traditional use of tobacco versus mainstream Western use of tobacco
  • Awards/Highlights

    • National Pharmacy Leadership Award – Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (June 2019)
    • National Patient Care Achievement Award – Canadian Pharmacists Association (June 2018)
    • Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Janssen Award for Innovation in Education (Co-recipient; Medication Assessment Centre) (2016)
    • Appointed by Federal Minister of Health as one of thirteen members on the Safer Supply of Pharmaceutical Alternatives to Street Drugs Expert Advisory Group (Dec. 2019 – March 2021)
    • Appointed by Federal Minister of Health as one of eight members on the Canadian Pain Task Force (March 2019 – March 2022)
    • Creator and Chair of National Truth and Reconciliation Special Interest Group (TRC SIG) through the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) (December 2018t)
    • Nominated and appointed by CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority to sit on the Practitioner Staff Review Panel under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer (2018)
    • Member of Canadian Pharmacists Association Opioid Working Group (November 2018)
    • Canadian Pharmacists’ Association – Knowledge into Practice Advisory Circle Member – Western Provinces Representative (July 2017 )
    • Acknowledged for work in reconciliation and Indigenous pharmacy education by Member of Parliament Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) (October 2017)
    • Elected President of Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists [CSHP] Saskatchewan Branch (2013 – 2016)
    • CBC Future 40 (2016)
    • Evan Hardy Collegiate Wall of Fame Inductee (2016)
  • Client List:

    • McGill Medicine Grand Rounds (Montreal, QC) - “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Health Care” - February 2020
    • Montreal Health Professionals Association (Montreal, QC) - “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Health Care” - February 2020
    • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Professional Practice Conference (Toronto, ON)
    • “10 ways to get started on Truth and Reconciliation in Hospital Pharmacy” - February 2020
    • College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
    • “Indigenization of Pharmacy Education and Practice” (Faculty Development Seminar) - February 2020
    • One Welfare Veterinary Initiative, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sask. (Saskatoon, SK) - “Indigenous History, Health, and Cultural Safety for Veterinary Medicine Students” - January 2020
    • Internal Medicine Residents Academic Half-day, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)- “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Saskatchewan” - December 2019
    • Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Regional Nursing Workshop (Saskatoon, SK) - “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Nursing Practice - November 2019
    • Faculty Seminar, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (Duluth, MN, USA) - “Making Space for Indigenous Methodologies and Research in Pharmacy” November 2019
    • CIHR Indigenous Gender & Wellness Idea Fair and Learning Circle (Montreal, QC) - “The Impacts of Gender for Pregnant Women Living with HIV in Saskatoon” - June 2019
    • Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference (Edmonton, AB) - “Reconciling How We Teach (and Practice) Evidence-based Medicine” - June 2019
    • Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference (Edmonton, AB) - “Indigenization in Canadian Pharmacy Programs: Current State” “Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Pharmacy Education: A Resource Guide” - June 2019
    • National PharmaChoice Trade Show & Conference (Calgary, AB) - “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Pharmacy” - May 2019
    • Keynote Speaker - BC Health Regulators and BC First Nations Health Authority Symposium (Vancouver, BC) “Indigenous Health and Reconciliation for Health Regulators” - May 2019
    • Keynote Speaker - Yellow Quill First Nation Career Fair (Yellow Quill First Nation, SK) - “Staying in School and Opportunities after High School” - May 2019

     

Dr Swidrovich's maternal grandmother was a residential school survivor and his mother is a '60s Scoop survivor. Jaris is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and was born, raised, and continues to reside in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jaris graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP), completed a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto in 2013 and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

In his earlier years as a health professional, Jaris noticed the lack of representation of Indigenous people in health care and the inadequate education of health care workers on Indigenous history, health, and culture. In his work as a clinical pharmacist, and as a Lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Jaris is dedicated to educating health care workers and students on Indigenous issues and reconciliation. He has spoken at all 10 Schools of Pharmacy in Canada, educating both staff and students about the importance of Indigenous perspective in health care.

Jaris was the Principal Investigator for a Canadian Institute of Research Funding grant into “Two Spirit peoples’ experiences accessing and receiving care in community pharmacies”. In March 2020 he was also a part of the new Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis Health and Wellness Research team which received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding to establish nine Indigenous health research centres across the country.

Jaris has worked as a Clinical Coordinator of Pharmaceutical Services with the Saskatoon Health Region, where his work was caring for adult inpatients living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders. Within this area of expertise, Jaris works with and advocates for, the LGBTQ and homeless populations who may be living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty. Jaris remains active on the City of Saskatoon's Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee, and as a Director on the board of Sanctum Care Group.

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