Katrina Plamondon

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Nursing
Office: ART 360
Phone: 778-392-8111
Email: katrina.plamondon@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Connecting knowledge with action for health equity; knowledge translation science; critical pedagogy; methods for relational, responsive research; dialogue-based research; arts-informed research; transformational research

Courses & Teaching

HEAL 307 (Winter 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
CCGHR Knowledge Translation Summer Course (Summer 2020, 2021)


Katrina Plamondon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is a mother, artist, sister, and friend—a Canadian woman of mixed ancestry whose heartstrings are tied to the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. Her maternal grandmother was Plains Cree, and grandfather, Irish. Her paternal grandfather is Quebecois and Jewish, and grandmother was German. The stories of her family reflect those of Canada in the twentieth century, of different cultures blending together through marriage and navigating family-level impacts of colonization. These roots influence and shape the work she does, where she leverages her work and position to create opportunities to advance equity in both content and process.

A 2020 Michael Smith Health Research Scholar, her program of research focuses on questions of how to advance equity action. Dr. Plamondon’s clinical foundations are in critical care/emergency and street outreach. She completed a Master of Science in Community Health & Epidemiology in 2006 (University of Saskatchewan) and doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia under a Banting & Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, for which her research extended a decade of research and practice in knowledge translation with a focus on advancing health equity. She plays a national leadership role in global health. She was the Principal Investigator for the multi-year Gathering Perspectives Studies that led to the creation of the equity-centred CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research (available here) and the lead on a series of publications contributing to national dialogue about Canada’s role in global health research. In 2020/21, this work included a special focus on issues of vaccine equity. Dr. Plamondon co-chairs the Canadian Association for Global Health’s University Advisory Council and sits on Canada’s National Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health.






PhD University of British Columbia
MSc University of Saskatchewan
BN University of Calgary

Research Interests & Projects

Advancing Health Equity Action (PI): Funded by Michael Smith Health Research through a Scholar Award, this program of research blends a number of projects together to generate evidence about how to support the integration of evidence-informed principles and strategies across research practices and policy in the field of health equity. Questions focus on understanding the determinants of knowledge use and uptake of principles and strategies for equity action.

Equity Integration in Global Health Research Funding (PI): This CIHR-funded project is exploring the integration of equity considerations in global health research funding, examining both Canadian and international funders for policies and practices that can advance equity.

There & Back Again Study (PI): This narrative study, funded by Michael Smith Health Research (neé MSFHR), is exploring people’s experiences of getting back home after leaving their rural communities to access healthcare.

Experiences of Inclusion (PI): As part of a larger study about methods for arriving at consensus funded through the BC SUPPORT Unit, this dialogue-based and arts-informed study brings people together to develop insights about how people experience feeling included (or not) when they are invited into decision-making or research tables, particularly because of a perspective they bring. Participants in this study self-identify as part of a group that experiences historical and systemic exclusion or -isms.

Community-Led Action Important for Resiliency in Youth (CLARITY) (co-PI): This community-led and youth-engaged study brings people together to explore what community-based factors contribute to creating environments that support youth in their paths toward resiliency. Funding for CLARITY is generously offered through the KGH Foundation, Blenk Family Foundation, and SSHRC.

Rural Health Equity Social Enterprise & Technology Synergies (co-I): This cluster of researchers works together on a variety of projects aimed at reducing health inequities and maximizing healthy outcomes for rural citizens. 

BC Coalition Institute (co-Lead): This community of practice is working toward synergy and harmony among people interested in issues of climate, equity, and health, funded through a variety of small grants.

Selected Publications & Presentations

  1. Plamondon K., Brisbois, B., Dubent, L. & Larson, C. (2021). Assessing how global health partnerships function: An equity-informed critical interpretive synthesis. Globalization & Health. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-207571/v1
  2. Labonté, R., Johri, M., Plamondon, K., Murthy, S. (2021). Canada, global vaccine supply, and the TRIPS waiver. Canadian Journal of Public Health (invited editorial). 112, 543-547. https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-021-00541-4
  3. Plamondon, K. (2021). Equity at a time of pandemic. Health Promotion International-Special Issue on COVID-19. 2021, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daab034
  4. Brisbois, B., Feagan, M., Stime, B., Paz, I.K., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Gaibor, J., Cole, D.C., Di Ruggiero, E., Hanson, L., Janes, C.R.,
    Plamondon, K.M. , Speigel, J.M. & Yassi, A. (2021). Mining, colonial legacies and neoliberalism: A political ecology of health knowledge. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental & Occupational Health Policy. 31(1), 48-64. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F10482911211001051
  5. Shahram, S.Z.; Smith, M.L.; Ben-David, S.; Feddersen, M.; Kemp, T.; & Plamondon, K.  Promoting a ‘Zest for Life’: A systematic literature review of resiliency factors to prevent youth suicide, 2008-2018. Journal of Youth & Adolescence.
  6. Plamondon, K., Battersby, L., Black, A.T., Creighton, G., Hoens, A.M., & Young, W. (2020). Connecting knowledge and action in complex health systems. Evidence & Policy. xx(xx): 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426420X15883549951570
  7. Plamondon, K. (2020). A tool to assess alignment between knowledge and action for health equity. BMC Public Health. (20) Article No. 224. Doi:
  8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8324-6
  9. Plamondon, K. (2020).  Reimagining researchers in health research. A response to: Bowen S, Botting I, Graham ID, et al. Experience of health leadership in partnering with university-based researchers in Canada – a call to “re-imagine” research. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2019;x(x):x–x. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2019.66
  10. Caxaj, C.S., & Plamondon, K. (2020).  Nurses’ Role in Improving Healthcare Access and Outcomes for Migrant Agricultural Workers. Canadian Nurse. March. https://canadian-nurse.com/en/articles/issues/2020/march-2020/nurses-role-in-improving-health-care-access-for-migrant-agricultural-workers
  11. Plamondon, K., Caxaj, S., Graham, I.D., & Bottorff, J. (2019). Connecting knowledge with action for health equity: A critical interpretive synthesis of promising practices. International Journal for Equity in Health 18(202). doi:10.1186/s12939-019-1108-x
  12. Plamondon, K. & Bisung, E. (2019). The CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research: Centering equity in research, knowledge translation, and practice. Social Science & Medicine. 239: 5 pages.
  13. Dutton, S. Davison, C.M. Malla, M. Bartels, S. Collier, K., Plamondon, K., Purkey, E. (2019). Biographical Collage as a Tool in Inuit Community-Based Participatory Research and Capacity Development. International Journal of Qualitative Methods,
    18, doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919877307.
  14. Plamondon, K. & Pemberton, J. (2019). Blending integrated knowledge translation with global health governance: A novel approach for wicked problems. Health Research Systems & Policy. 17(24): 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-019-0424-3
  15. Plamondon, K., Bottorff, J.L., Caxaj, C.S. & Graham, I. (2018). The Integration of Evidence from the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the field of Health Equity: A scoping review. Critical Public Health: 14 pages. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2018.1551613
  16. Plamondon, K. M., & Caxaj, C. S. (2018). Toward relational practices for enabling knowledge-to-action in health systems: The example of deliberative dialogue. Advances in Nursing Science. 41(1): 12 pages. Published ahead of print: Feb 2017.
  17. Brisbois, B. & Plamondon, K. (2018). The possible worlds of global health research: A discourse analysis of normative documents. Social Science & Medicine. 196(Supp C): 142-149.
  18. Plamondon, K., Walters, D., Campbell, S., & Hatfield, J. (2017). Promoting equitable global health research: A policy analysis of the Canadian funding landscape. Health Research Systems & Policy. 15(72): 14 pages.
  19. Plamondon, K. M., Bottorff, J. L., & Cole, D. C. (2015). Analyzing data generated through deliberative dialogue: Bringing knowledge translation into qualitative analysis. Qualitative Health Research, 25(11):1529-39.doi: 1049732315581603.

Selected Grants & Awards

(2020-2021) CIHR Project Grant “Toward Equity- and Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Global Health Research”

(2020-2021) UBC Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Grant “Committing to a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion: Building a pathway towards the development of culturally competent BSN prepared nurses”

(2020-2025) MSFHR Scholar Award “Advancing Health Equity Action”

(2014-2019) Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship “Knowledge Translation in Global Health”

(2019-2021)* CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant “Scaling up Principles for Equity-Centred Global Health Research”

(2019-2021)* MSFHR C2 Grant “Setting Research Priorities for Rural Health in British Columbia”

(2018-2021)* BC SUPPORT Unit Methods Cluster Grant “KT Methods Cluster: Studying consensus methods in integrated knowledge translation to promote patient-oriented research”

(2018-2020) Canadian Partnership for Women & Children’s Health-Canadian Collaborative for Global Health Initiative “Harmonized Health Impact & Partnership Metrics to Accelerate Knowledge Sharing and Utilization”

*Timelines extended due to COVID-19 Pandemic



Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Scientific Advisory, Canada’s National Scientific Advisory Committee for Global Health

Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research–University Advisory Council

Network Member, Integrated Knowledge Translation Network

Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Health Research

Associate, Institute for Healthy Living & Chronic Disease Prevention


CCGHR (March 2021). Open letter to the Government of Canada: Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine. Lead writer: https://cagh-acsm.org/en/ressources/calls-action

CCGHR (December 2020). Open letter to the Government of Canada: Canada, COVID-19, and Development Countries. Lead writer: https://cagh-acsm.org/en/ressources/calls-action 

Story 14 May 2020 “A drive for relational and community-connected work leads UBC Okanagan professor on a path towards health equity” https://ourstories.ok.ubc.ca/stories/katrina-plamondon/

Press Release 15 May 2020 “The COVID-19 outbreak creates a clear image of unbalanced, unfair societies” https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2020/05/15/ubco-researcher-says-equity-is-key-to-global-health/

Op-Ed 27 September 2020 “Canada’s ‘me first’ COVID-19vaccine strategy may come at the cost of global health”https://theconversation.com/canadas-me-first-covid-19-vaccine-strategy-may-come-at-the-cost-of-global-health-146908

Press Release 7 December 2020 “As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, UBCO researcher calls for a level playing field globally” https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2020/12/07/as-covid-19-vaccines-role-out-ubco-researcher-calls-for-a-level-playing-field-globally/ 

Interview 11 December 2020 “Federal health minister says Canada can’t stop private COVID-19 vaccine purchases directly from manufacturers” https://bc.ctvnews.ca/federal-health-minster-says-canada-can-t-stop-private-covid-19-vaccine-purchases-directly-from-manufacturers-1.5228451 

Interview 26 January 2021 “UBCO’s Katrina Plamondon discusses health equity and the pandemic” https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-110-daybreak-south/clip/15821270-ubcos-katrina-plamondon-discusses-health-equity-pandemic



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