John Oliffe, Suki Grewal, and Bindy Kang – Heart Matters


On May 14, 2011, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library organized a talk at the Newton Branch library of the Surrey Public Library, focusing on men’s health as part of the Health Information Series. Dr. John Oliffe, Suki Grewal, and Bindy Kang shared their expertise in this important area of health research. This webcast can be viewed here. (Talk is conducted in both Punjabi and English). South Asian men—defined as men who were born in/originate from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal or Sri Lanka—are amongst the largest groups of immigrants in British Columbia, Canada. Little is known about their health behaviours; experiences of illness; or how they relate to, and engage with Canadian health care services. South Asian men’s groups (SAMGs) are naturally occurring groups meeting each week at various BC rural and urban temples and attract typically senior South Asian immigrant men. The SAMGs provided us with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of a unique cultural milieu, and describe the connections between masculinity and older South Canadian immigrant men’s health. John Oliffe’s work has been highlighted in UBC Reports.  For a transcript of this talk, please find here.


Are you interested in more about this area? There are open access resources available online selected by UBC Librarians

Chromosomal Variation in Man – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/717

Health Canada Drug Product Database – http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/databasdon/index-eng.php

PubMed – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/321

National Library of Medicine – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/627/

Population Index – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1632

BioMed Central – http://www.biomedcentral.com/ 

UBC Health Wiki – http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/

Questions For Discussion

What does the latest research say about how the South Asian men interact with the health care system?

What specific resources do South Asian men need from health care?

What are some ways that South Asian men reach out to the health care system?

What are some online webpages you think might be relevant to the topic?

Men’s Health Research Program at UBC – http://www.menshealthresearch.ubc.ca/

The South Asian Heart Centre – http://www.southasianheartcenter.org/index.php

Birmingham Health & Wellbeing’s Aap Ki Sehat (Our Health) focuses on three middle-aged men and follows them through an average day – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcOWtj0uTp8

What Are Some UBC Resources That Might Be Helpful for understanding Men’s Health and Immigrant Populations?

Men’s health : body, identity and social context edited by Alex Broom, Philip Tovey [Available at UBC Woodward Library – WA306 .M548 2009]

Men’s health and illness : gender, power, and the body edited by Donald Sabo & David Frederick Gordon [UBC Woodward Library – WA300 .M458 1995]

Asian American communities and health : context, research, policy, and action by Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Nadia Shilpi Islam, and Mariano Jose Rey.  [Available at UBC Okanagan Library – WA300.AA1 A832 2009]

Designing and conducting gender, sex, and health research by editors, John L. Oliffe, Lorraine J. Greaves. [Available at UBC Okanagan Library – W20.5 .D457 2012]


For more information, please contact Allan Cho

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