UBC Males’s Well being Analysis Program welcomes PhD candidate Calvin Fernandez who will likely be contributing to the Males Constructing Intimate Associate Relationships examine.
A former well being training govt and educator from Malaysia, Calvin Fernandez (he/him) could be very invested in addressing points associated to males’s well being, particularly those that reside within the World South and males in key inhabitants teams resembling homosexual males and different males who’ve intercourse with males, intercourse staff, individuals who use medicine and incarcerated individuals.
By way of his expertise, Calvin has witnessed how faith, sociocultural and conventional gender norms affect males’s well being behaviours in a conservative society like Malaysia, and its influence on their general well being outcomes. He realized that “loads of males are literally afraid of being sick, however most of them are much more terrified by the truth that they’re afraid of being sick”. That mentioned, he believes that to enhance males’s well being outcomes, “we have to change the narrative of what it means to be a person through the use of more healthy fashions of masculinity, and to make sure that it consists of the experiences of all males, particularly those that are underprivileged and belong in minority teams”.
“Males want to know that the easiest way to guard their households and their communities is by embracing their vulnerabilities, reaching out and asking for assist, and caring for themselves – not abandoning their well being or placing themselves susceptible to violence and hazard”.
At UBC Males’s Well being Analysis Program, he will likely be working as part of the Males Constructing Intimate Associate Relationships (MBIPR) examine.
Calvin holds a bachelor’s diploma in Medical Bioscience from Monash College and a Masters of Medical Schooling from the College of Malaya.