I am a health services and policy researcher within the field of population and public health.
I have a PhD in Health Policy and a Graduate Diploma Certificate in Health Services and Policy Research from McMaster University, and a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto. I completed an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
I have broad health sector experience in both Ontario and Alberta. In Ontario, I worked with the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) on their Information Management Strategy to support optimal patient care in Ontario Community Health Centres and Community Engagement Initiatives, with Public Health Ontario as a senior research associate to examine public engagement activity in Public Health Units, and the McMaster Health Forum as the Co-Lead on Evidence, Synthesis and Evaluation. I also have research partnerships with the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority and the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Community Wellness Department relating to Indigenous-led Knowledge Translation Strategies on non-communicable diseases.
In Alberta, I have been working with the Primary Health Care Integration Network (PHCIN) at Alberta Health Services to engage primary care providers, the public and the research community to identify research priorities and support evidence-informed decision making in primary health care through rapid reviews. I collaborate with the Alberta Primary Health Care Research Network (APHCRN) and IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health (http://imaginecitizens.ca/) to support citizen and community engagement initiatives in health system co-design. I collaborate with several Indigenous communities and organizations from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 on health and mental health research.
My primary areas of inquiry include Indigenous health policy, primary health care, community engagement and knowledge sharing and exchange. I have led and been involved in various quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects investigating factors related to well-being and mental health among Indigenous adults and youth living on-and off-reserve. I was the Guest Editor for a thematic series in BMC Women's Health on structural and interpersonal violence in the lives of women. More recently, I Co-Chair the Indigenous Health Strategy in the School of Public Health.
Degrees and Fellowships
PhD (Health Policy), McMaster University, 2013
MA (Medical Anthropology), University of Toronto, 2008
BA (honours), University of Toronto, 2006
Diploma Certificate in Health Services and Policy Research, 2012
Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Calgary, 2015