1. InspireHealth: Food Safety Protocol and Infographic


Project Title

Development of a Food Safety Protocol and Infographic for Volunteers Working with Food

Organization Name



Related Course Concepts

Asset based community development

Organization Information

Organization Name


Mission and Vision of Organization


We inspire people affected by cancer to enhance their quality of life and well-being by integrating wisdom and evidence-informed practices that support mind, body and spirit.


Health care that supports patient choice, inspires engagement, and promotes physical and emotional health.

Guiding Principles + Values

  • We value the connection between mind, body and spirit
  • We are guided by a wisdom-based, evidence-informed approach
  • We are respectful and open in our communication
  • We embody mindfulness, compassion, and peace
  • We cultivate a caring community

Contact Information

  • Primary Contact Person(s): Lynda Soberanes
  • Email: lsoberanes@inspirehealth.ca
  • Phone: 604-734-7125 ext 238  
  • Address: 200-1330 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Website: www.inspirehealth.ca  

Preferred Method of Contact

  • Best method(s) to contact: Email
  • Best day(s) to contact:Fridays
  • Best time(s) to contact: Mornings

Project Description

Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?

In this project, students will develop a protocol for training new volunteers working in the kitchen and/or with foods. One infographic will be created to be displayed in the kitchen, as a reminder for the main steps to be followed when preparing food.

At InspireHealth, we work with people with previous or current cancer diagnosis. Some of our patients have low white blood cell (WBC) counts (i.e. lower immune system), therefore the foods they eat should be prepared following strict food safe principles. Right now, we prepare some foods to share during some of our programs and we remind volunteers in an informal and inconsistent way about the importance of food safety, also have some information posted in the kitchen; however we are not doing this in a standardized way, where we can ensure that they know the main principles (i.e. hand washing, temperatures at which foods are more vulnerable, how to cool foods, etc).

A protocol will help us being consistent with training and also like to have a visual reminder of the food safety principles, so it doesn't require a lot of time reading through the instructions we have posted in the kitchen.

Main Project Activities

  • Work with InspireHealth staff to ensure the resources developed are tailored to the specific context
  • If possible, participate in an existing InspireHealth food program (e.g. community kitchen) to better contextualize the resources they develop

Expected Project Deliverable(s)

  • Written training protocol
  • Infographic to be displayed in the InspireHealth kitchen

Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)

  • Knowledge or interest in learning about importance of food safety
  • Knowledge or interest in translating complex information into accessible formats
  • Interest and empathy for people with previous or current cancer diagnosis
  • Understanding and empathy of the social and emotional importance of eating together

Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)

  • Analysis and synthesis of current information around food safety
  • Creativity for the development of info graphic
  • Knowledge about the importance of food safety in the context of cancer

Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?

  • TBD

Is a criminal record check required?

  • No

Project Location

  • InspireHealth or other place of preference for students, as needed

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

  • Friday mornings or early afternoons

Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

  • Volunteering opportunities are always open for anyone interested. Please ask.

Required Reading

Project/Partner Orientation Materials

Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:

Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials

The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:

  • In-person community orientation

General Resources

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • How standardization in training around food preparation can change the health outcomes of some populations.

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • The importance of providing the right information in a concise, clear and timely manner

Through this project, students will develop...

  • An appreciation of vulnerability of some people and how the knowledge and the way it is transmitted to people handling food can ensure their safety

Organizational Outcomes

Intended Project Outcome (Short-term Outcome)

  • Food prepared during InspireHealth programs is safe for consumption by immune-suppressed participants
  • Volunteers and program participants have increased awareness of food safe practices

Medium-term Outcome

  • The evidence-based resources developed through this project will contribute to the promotion of physical health, and will enhance the social and emotional benefits of food-based programming.

How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?

This project contributes to our organization's mission of enhancing the quality of life and well-being of our members through evidence-informed practices that support mind, body, and spirit.

source: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/W2020/InspireHealth