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Canadian Public Health Association

Board of Directors

Chair

Richard Musto, MD, FRCPC

Chair-elect

Benita Cohen, RN, MSc, PhD

Directors

Katie-Sue Derejko, MPH, M.A., PMP
Monica Emode, BA, MSc (c)
Caitlin Johnston, BA, MSc-PPH
Donika Jones, MPH, BSc, B.A.
Nancy Laliberté, PhD (c), MPH
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Hons BSc, MHSc
Vamini Selvanandan, BSc, MD, CCFP
Julie Stratton, BSc, MHSc

Richard Musto
Richard Musto, MD, FRCPC
Richard is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician recently retired from Alberta Health Services but still enjoying his role as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. His public health career began as a community medicine specialist with what is now the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and continued with a sequence of Medical Officer of Health roles within the various manifestations of health services in Alberta. Over the years his areas of responsibility spanned the discipline with an increasingly sharp focus on matters of health equity. A privilege and abiding passion has been the opportunity to learn from and work with Indigenous communities.
Benita Cohen
Benita Cohen, RN, MSc, PhD
Benita is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Manitoba, where she focuses on mentoring students to become health equity champions. Her research projects have included exploring public health nurses' role in addressing child and family poverty; an equity scan of Canadian tobacco control policy; a health equity impact assessment of a provincial parenting program; development of a conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action; and a systematic review of public health's role in advocacy for health equity. Benita received the 2013 Community Health Nurses of Canada Award of Merit for her contributions to the field of public/community health. As a CPHA Director, she will work to strengthen public health system capacity to promote health equity and social justice.
Katie-Sue Derejko
Katie-Sue Derejko, MPH, M.A., PMP
Katie-Sue works for the Government of the Northwest Territories as the Manager of a program that works across sectors to implement systems change through identifying structural inequities that negatively impact the determinants of wellbeing for the most vulnerable. Prior to this, Katie-Sue was Senior Policy Analyst for Public Health at the Assembly of First Nations. She also conducted research on housing first and mental health recovery in New York City. Katie-Sue holds a Master of Public Health from New York University specializing in Global Health Leadership, and a Master of Arts from McMaster University specializing in Indigenous Health Policy. She has an array of global health experience in both non-governmental organizations and the private sector. She is also the co-founder of Katrime Integrated Health.
Monica Emode
Monica Emode, BA, MSc (c)
Monica is a Junior Epidemiologist at Health Canada and a Master of Science candidate in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has gained experience working in various healthcare settings and research institutions since completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015. Monica has a keen interest in health equity and social justice issues as they relate to the health of marginalized populations. She is currently conducting epidemiological research to understand how population-based disparities may influence child and youth mental health treatment. As Student Director, she will work to advance the future of public health through collaboration with and the meaningful engagement of students and young professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds.
Caitlin Johnston
Caitlin Johnston, BA, MSc-PPH
Caitlin is a Program Manager at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Caitlin’s portfolio includes the Sexual Assault Service, a free provincial contraception program, Oak Tree HIV clinic, and newcomer and primary care services. Caitlin leads several community-based research (CBR) and service projects in Canada and abroad. She co-founded, U-Tena Arts and Education Society (U-Tena), registered in Kenya and Canada. U-Tena uses arts-based methods to provide sexual and reproductive health education to communities with low levels of literacy. Caitlin is also the Principal Investigator on a CBR study exploring public influence on sexual assault survivor disclosure.
Donika Jones
Donika Jones, MPH, BSc, B.A.
Donika currently works as a Health Promotion Specialist in chronic disease with the Department of Health at the Government of Nunavut. She provides leadership on the territorial chronic disease file. She also works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to develop and support alcohol harm reduction and cancer screening initiatives. Donika is interested in health equity, social justice and accessible health systems. She is committed to better understanding how these disciplines intersect and interconnect. She currently volunteers with the Nunavut Black History Society. She was awarded the 2017 Governor-General’s Achievement Award in Jamaica for her volunteerism and work within the Jamaican diaspora.
Nancy Laliberte
Nancy Laliberté, PhD (c), MPH
Tansi, I am Cree/Métis from the Beaver River area of the prairies and I currently live on the traditional, ancestral territory of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. I have a history of over 20 years in research in the downtown eastside (DTES) of Vancouver in homelessness, mental health, problematic substance use and opioid replacement. It was there that I was mentored in harm reduction, Indigenous rights and social justice. The remarkable people of the DTES were a fundamental part of my education as they generously shared teachings with me. At present I am working as a consultant in Indigenous Health. I completed a Master of Public Health in 2012 from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH). The majority of my time is spent working the The’ye’lh Smun’eem Indigenous Youth Wellness project in my fifth year of study in the PhD program at SPPH.
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Hons BSc, MHSc
I live and work on the traditional and ancestral Indigenous territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. As a Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, I lead initiatives focused on public health practice related to health equity and the social determinants of health in partnership with stakeholders across Canada. I have previously worked in regional, provincial and global organizations on HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, equity-oriented organizational change and womens’ rights. I have served in an advisory capacity for working groups and committees led by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information and others. As a former board member of the Health Equity Council (Ontario), I provided leadership and informed health equity initiatives in the Ontario context. I hold a Master of Health Science in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto and I am interested in how public health approaches can be better informed by critical social science perspectives.
Vamini Selvanandan
Vamini Selvanandan, MD, MPH, CCFP
Vamini is a family physician with experience in primary care, emergency medicine and women’s health in Canada and the developing world. She has practiced medicine in several rural, remote and indigenous communities in Canada. Her educational background includes a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto, Family Medicine training at the University of Ottawa and she is completing a Master of Public Health (health promotion) at the University of Alberta. She has been involved with projects promoting sexual health in Alberta, improving access to cancer screening programs in rural Africa and Central America, and is currently working to address workplace injuries and discrimination related to immigrant workers. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Bow Valley Primary Care Network and the Health Committee of the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership.
Julie Stratton
Julie Stratton, BSc, MHSc
Julie is currently the Manager of Population Health Assessment with Peel Public Health. With a Masters of Health Science in Epidemiology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, Julie has over 20 years of experience in public health as a public health inspector and epidemiologist. In addition, Julie has completed an EXTRA (Executive Training Program) fellowship with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement with a focus on enhancing public health staff competencies around the use of health data; specifically in the areas of assessment and analysis, and the public health sciences. She has been treasurer, vice-president and president for the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario. Her interests and areas of expertise include epidemiologic methods, and using health status data to inform strategic thinking and planning.