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Canadian Public Health Association

Board of Directors

Chair

Suzanne Jackson, PhD, MSc, BSc

Chair-elect

Richard Musto, MD, FRCPC

Directors

Benita Cohen, RN, MSc, PhD
Katie-Sue Derejko, MPH, M.A., PMP
Josephine Etowa, PhD, RN, RM, FWACN
Donika Jones, MPH, BSc, B.A.
Nancy Laliberté, MPH
Manasi Parikh, BHSc
Vamini Selvanandan, BSc, MD, CCFP
Ingrid Tyler, MD, CCFP, MHSc, MEd, FRCPC

Suzanne F. Jackson
Suzanne F. Jackson, PhD, MSc, BSc
Suzanne is Editor-in-Chief for Global Health Promotion, Head of the Global Health Promotion Consortium (WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion) and Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jackson specializes in participatory health promotion planning and evaluation, and global public health, as well as health promotion education and training. In Canada, she was the Director for the Centre for Health Promotion for 9 years, had a leadership role in the development of national health goals in 2005 and provides technical support to the Canadian Best Practices Portal in Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has been President of the Ontario Public Health Association, and vice-president of the Canadian Public Health Association.
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, BA, BN, 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.
Josephine Etowa
Josephine B. Etowa, PhD, MN, BScN, RM, RN, FWACN
Josephine is a Full Professor and Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a senior investigator with the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre, and an internationally educated public health nurse, midwife and researcher, who has worked in various capacities within the Canadian health care system and abroad over the past 30 years. She is co-founder and past-president of the Health Association of African Canadians and has served on a number of non-profit organizations including the Board of Directors of African Caribbean Council of HIV in Ontario and the Board of Directors of Stephen Lewis Foundation for HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as the advisory Board of the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH). Josephine received her BScN and MScN degrees from Dalhousie University and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Calgary.
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, MPH
Tansi, I am Cree/Métis from the Beaver River area of the prairies and I now live on the traditional, ancestral territory of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and work on the traditional, Indigenous territory of the Mississauga’s of the New Credit. I have a 20+ year history 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. I recently moved to Ontario to work with the Well Living House team at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. I completed a Master of Public Health in 2012 from SPPH at UBC. Currently, I am working with youth on the The’ye’lh Smun’eem Indigenous Youth Wellness project in my fourth year of study in the PhD program at SPPH.
Manasi Parikh
Manasi Parikh, BHSc
Manasi is a first-year medical student at McMaster University and received a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honors), with a specialization in Global Health from McMaster University. Manasi founded the McMaster Public Health Association and has a keen focus in engaging students and young professionals in public health. She is also spearheading a Technology in Public Health working group. Manasi was a panelist on a World Leadership Dialogue at the World Congress on Public Health last year, which was focused on highlighting her work with engaging students and young professionals in public health in Canada. She was also selected to attend the Women Leaders in Global Health conference at Stanford University and has presented her research at the World Congress on Public Health, Public Health 2017 and the American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference (2017). Her interests include technology in public health, student engagement in public health, improving access to healthcare and health systems and policy evaluation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring new bike trails.
Vamini Selvanandan
Vamini Selvanandan, BSc, MD, 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.
Ingrid Tyler
Ingrid Tyler MD, CCFP, MHSc, MEd, FRCPC
Dr. Ingrid Tyler is a Medical Health Officer at the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia and is the Medical Director for the Wellness Program within Population and Public Health. In this role she works directly with communities and municipalities across the full spectrum of public health practice and provides direction to the Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Programs. She also supports strategy and coordination for healthy living initiatives in mental wellness, physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco. She recently held an interim role at Fraser Health Authority as the Medical Director for the Communicable Disease and Harm Reduction Program during the early phases of the emergency opioid overdose response. Prior to Fraser Health she worked at Public Health Ontario in the areas of health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention.