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About BHM

Black Health Matters COVID-19:

Engages: African/Black community members in Canada and transnationally in emancipatory health research, in response to the devastating impact of COVID-19, anti-black racism, and intersectional violence, has had on our lives.

Challenges: Anti-Black racism and intersectional violence in our health care systems by engaging in emancipatory, resistance-centred health research led by, and for the community.

Facilitates: The creation of successful bilingual population health tools and interventions.

Our Objectives.

Meet the Team

Our interdisciplinary research team is made up of experienced senior and emerging researchers in the areas of health promotion, education, disability studies, health policy and administration, sociology, political sciences, psychology, social work, law, history, business administration, quantitative/qualitative research methodologies, women and gender studies, medicine, and community health, among others.

Dr. Roberta Timothy

Dr. Roberta Timothy

Principal Investigator

Dr. Roberta Timothy is an Assistant professor in the Teaching Stream at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has over 30 years experience working in community health. She brings an intersectional, critical race framework to her research. Dr. Timothy is intrinsically linked to Black transnational (global) communities as she prioritizes a critical pan-African feminist health framework in all her research, teaching, and community endeavours.  Resistance education, a creative methodology developed and practiced by Dr. Timothy, ensures that all her research is led by and for Black communities from an empowerment-centred, emancipatory framework. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Timothy recently co-organized the first Canada-wide forum discussing COVID-19 impact on African/Black communities in Canada. Her insights in relation to the need for COVID-19 research and programs with African/Black communities in Canada and globally has been broadcasted across Canada on TV and in newspapers. Check out robertatimothy.com for more information on her work.

Dr Evelyn Kissi

Dr. Evelyn Kissi

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Evelyn Kissi completed her doctorate degree in Critical Disability Studies (CDS) at York University (2020) with focus on understanding disability through the conceptualization of ‘Indigenous African Personhood’. Her future research will focus on African Indigenous spirituality, disability, and education.

Mercedes Umana Garcia MEd, Ph.D. (c)

Volunteer

Mercedes has over 20 years of experience facilitating personal, community, and organizational development and healing processes locally and transnationally as an educator, therapist, researcher, and consultant. Mercedes areas of interest include Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy, community mental health, health psychology, trauma, post-traumatic growth, bereavement, HIV, and intersectional research methodologies and knowledge translation. Mercedes holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology, and is currently a Doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto. Mercedes is Co-Director of Continuing Healing Consultants. She is of Indigenous and African ancestry.

Falan Bennett H.B.Sc.

Research Assistants

June-August 2020
MPH Candidate, Class of 2021
Social and Behavioural Health Sciences 
Dalla Lana School of Public Health | University of Toronto

Muna Aden

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC

Muna Aden

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC
http://www.whiwh.com

Feben Aseffa RM, BHSc, MHM

Director, Healthcare Equity, Quality and Human Rights
Association of Ontario Midwives

Feben Aseffa

Director, Healthcare Equity, Quality and Human Rights
Association of Ontario Midwives
www.ontariomidwives.ca
https://www.linkedin.com/in/febenaseffa
feben.aseffa@aom.on.ca

Dr. Alana Butler

Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Education,
Queen’s University

Dr. Alana Butler

Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Education,
Queen’s University
https://educ.queensu.ca/alana-butler

Dr. Afua Cooper

Professor within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University

Dr. Afua Cooper

Professor within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University
Specializations: Canadian and Atlantic slavery; Abolition and Freedom; Legacies of slavery and Decolonization; Universities Studying Race and Slavery; Black Canadian history; African Diaspora Studies; Women and Gender. Co-ordinator of the Black and African Diaspora Studies Minor. https://afuacooper.com/ ; https://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/sociology-social-anthropology/faculty-staff/our-faculty/afua-cooper.html ; Portia White Prize Winner (2020) https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/11/18/afua-cooper-wins-portia-white-prize.html

Keddone Dias BComm

MPPAL Executive Director,
LAMP Community Health Centre

Keddone Dias

MPPAL Executive Director,
LAMP Community Health Centre
www.LAMPCHC.org

Dr. Azza Eissa PhD., MD.

MD, PhD

Dr. Azza Eissa

MD, PhD. Clinician Scholar at the University of Toronto Department of Family & Community Medicine.
A Freelance Journalist/ CIH trainee at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Global Journalism Program. 

Manolli Ekra

Senior Coordinator,
Policy and Research / Coordonnatrice Principale, Politique et Recherche,
OCASI

Manolli Ekra

Senior Coordinator,
Policy and Research / Coordonnatrice Principale, Politique et Recherche,
OCASI
https://ocasi.org/

Esther Enyolu

Executive Director, WMRCC of Durham

Esther Enyolu

Executive Director, WMRCC of Durham
https://www.wmrcc.org

Dr. June Francis LLB; PhD

Co-Director -The Co-Laboratorio Project
Director Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement

Dr. June Francis

Co-Director -The Co-Laboratorio Project
Director Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement
Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
Twitter: Dr447

Raeanne Francis

Managing Director, BCRC.

Raeanne Francis

Managing Director, BCRC.
www.bcrcmontreal.com

Dr. George Frempong

Director of Research
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI)

Dr. George Frempong

Director of Research
Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI)
http://dbdli.ca/our-organization/george-frempong/
george.frempong@dbdli.ca

Dr. Rachel Da Silveria Gorman

Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
York University
315 Stong 165 Campus Walk

Dr. Rachel Da Silveria Gorman

Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
York University
315 Stong 165 Campus Walk
Critical Disability Studies
Dance and curating archive

Lori-Ann Green-Walker

Executive Director,
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC

Lori-Ann Green-Walker

Executive Director,
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC
http://www.whiwh.com/

Kassandra Kernisan

Executive Director
DESTA Black Youth Network

Kassandra Kernisan

Executive Director
DESTA Black Youth Network
execdirector@destabyn.org
Office: 514-664-5042
1950 Rue Saint-Antoine O,
Montreal, Qc
H3J 1A5
http://www.destabyn.org

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Déterminants of Health

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist,
National Collaborating Centre for Déterminants of Health
www.nccdh.ca

Suzanne Obiorah RD., MBA.

Director, Primary Care & Regional Programs
Somerset West Community Health Centre (Ottawa)

Suzanne Obiorah

Director, Primary Care & Regional Programs
Somerset West Community Health Centre (Ottawa)

Dr. Fanta Ongoiba

Executive Director
Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA)

Dr. Fanta Ongoiba

Executive Director
Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA)
www.apaa.ca

Maureen Owino MES

Director Committee for Accessible Aids Treatment,
PhD Student, York University Faculty of Environment and Urban Change

Maureen Owino

Director Committee for Accessible Aids Treatment,
PhD Student, York University Faculty of Environment and Urban Change
www.hivimmigration.ca

Sylvia Parris-Drummonds

Chief Executive Director,
Delmore ‘Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (Nova Scotia)

Sylvia Parris-Drummonds

Chief Executive Director,
Delmore ‘Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (Nova Scotia)
www.dbdli.ca
Social media @dbdli @svparris

Dr. Rai Reece PhD.

Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology
Ryerson University

Dr. Rai Reece

Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology
Ryerson University
https://www.ryerson.ca/sociology/people/faculty/rai-reece/
https://www.twitter.com/rai_reece

Aseefa Sarang

Executive Director
Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre

Aseefa Sarang

Executive Director
Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre
www.acrossboundaries.ca

Verlia Stephens

Mentorship And Peer Leadership Coordinator
Supporting Our Youth

Verlia Stephens

Mentorship And Peer Leadership Coordinator
Supporting Our Youth
Pronouns: She/Her
T: 416.324.4100 x 3303
F: 416.324.4188
E: vstephens@sherbourne.on.ca
Sherbourne Health
333 Sherbourne St.
Toronto, ON M5A 2S5
sherbourne.on.ca

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