Core Team

Director
Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Dr. Lee is a Medical Officer of Health (Provincial Public and Population Health) with Alberta Health Services and an Associate Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She also teaches for the University of Alberta School of Urban & Regional Planning, and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City (NYC). Lee is a world-renowned expert in creating Fit Cities and served as NYC’s Inaugural Healthy Built environment and Active Design Director, and Deputy to the Assistant Commissioner for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. She has worked for the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity. Her work to create Active Cities: A Guide for City Leaders helped to inspire Edmonton’s Live Active Strategy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award. She is author of the recent book Fit Cities published by Penguin Random House. For more resources, see www.drkarenlee.com.
Email: kkl1@ualberta.ca

Grant Administrative Coordinator
TBD
Email: hforhga@ualberta.ca

 

Partnership Coordinator
Shanique Killingbeck, BSc, MPH
Shanique is passionate about public health and improving people’s quality of life through changes to living environments and access to safe and healthy food. With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health, work experience as a Public Health Inspector and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alberta, she believes positive change in behaviour and health can be achieved through stakeholder engagement and participation in the design and implementation of public health programs. Shanique manages and engages the Housing for Health Partnership Working Group and its subcommittees.
Email: hforhpc@ualberta.ca


Research and Evaluation Manager
Jodie Stearns, MA, PhD
Jodie has a background in psychology and kinesiology, with specific expertise in physical activity and social networks. She is leading the evaluation of built environment interventions in the two pilot developments targeted at older adults. Jodie is assessing for changes in physical activity, healthy eating, social connections, and perceptions of community environments in residents when they move into the pilot developments. As Research and Evaluation Manager, Jodie ensures that the various research initiatives of Housing for Health are coordinated and connected to other aspects of the project.
Email: jodie.stearns@ualberta.ca


Postdoctoral Fellow, Pilot Development, Partnership, and Community Engagement Qualitative Studies
Tori Hui Ren, BArch, MSPM, PhD, WELL AP
Tori is an architect with an academic background in architectural design, material culture, and gerontology. Her work has focused on the relationship between the built environment and people, especially those who are older and/or with chronic illnesses such as dementia. She is conducting qualitative research to understand the lived experience of community and pilot development residents, the design of building, site, and neighbourhood environments as they relate to people's health and well-being, and the professional practice and policy experience of Housing for Health partners in developing healthy community designs. She also provides design recommendations Housing for Health's pilot developments. 
Email: hren1@ualberta.ca


Postdoctoral Fellow, Partnership and Community Engagement Quantitative Evaluation
TBD

Postdoctoral Fellow, NOVAD Built Environment Assessment
Vanessa Chee, PhD
Vanessa has a research background in mixed methods, chronic disease prevention and policy research and development. She is currently leading development and implementation of built environment assessments to determine supports and barriers for physical activity, healthy eating, social connections and healthcare access within high new immigrant and refugee communities in Edmonton. NOVAD built environment assessments are conducted in close community engagement with multicultural health brokers and include the use of audit tools and focus groups.
Email: vachee@ualberta.ca


Research Assistant
Marcus Jackson, BA, MSc
Marcus has a background in human geography and urban planning, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in this field. His master’s thesis research under the supervision of Dr. Karen Lee and Dr. Joshua Evans (Human Geography) used qualitative methods like photovoice and focus groups to examine the role of neighbourhood design in the experiences of health and well-being for older adults. His research with the Housing for Health Project has focused on complete community design inclusive of a health lens. 
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Executive Assistant
TBD
Email: hforhea@ualberta.ca