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In honor of Father’s Day, we are excited to share a moving and insightful conversation with Dr. David Kuhl who focuses on the health, integrity and well-being of men in order to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable world. David is a professor in the Departments of Family Practice and Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Integrating medicine, psychology and the social sciences is fundamental to his worldview and to his work as a clinician/researcher. After completing his training in Family Practice (1987) he practiced medicine as a family physician and was a founding member of the palliative care program at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. He was the physician leader for palliative care at Providence Health Care for many years, providing leadership for the program and care for persons at the end of life.
Beginning in 2015 David focused his work on the health, integrity and well-being of men for the benefit of families and communities. Along with 2 co-founders (Dr. Duncan Shields and Dr. John Izzo), David created a university-based non-profit organization (Blueprint.ngo) that strives, through research, service and influence to impact society by improving men’s well-being and enhancing their positive contributions to families and communities. They are helping men to be more self-aware and integrate all aspects of themselves into their own unique authenticity. Blueprint is allied to all genders to positively influence the culture of men in service of families and communities.
Blueprint strongly believes that features of fatherhood are significant to global and public health issues. They seek to understand the experience of the impact of fathering and that of being fathered, inquiring how fathers’ behaviors, values and norms affect their children.
Blueprint conducts research to develop and evaluate programs, education and training models to transform masculine norms and to reduce negative health outcomes. They collaborate with community partners to reach men and boys where they live, work and play with a focus on families, protective services (firefighters, police, and military), business, and collegiate and professional sports. Blueprint adopts a gendered approach to engage men, and work with all members of communities to transform the systems that foster harmful behaviors. Their research has been successfully adopted by NATO, the NHL Alumni Association, UBC athletics, US Military Academy West Point (football), Stanford University (soccer), BC Professional Fire Fighters Association, and more.
Tune in and have fun listening! Please feel free to share it with anyone you know who would benefit from this episode. Remember that every small kindness has the potential to create a Crazy Amazing Human experience, one person at a time. You have the power to create that every day. And we, at Crazy Amazing Humans, are in your corner, we’re rooting for you, and really appreciate you as part of our community and we think YOU are crazy amazing!
To learn more about Dr. Kuhl’s research and projects, please visit: www.blueprint.ngo