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Claire Betker

Claire Betker

Scientific Director

Dr. Claire Betker is currently the acting executive director of the Population and Public Health Branch with MB Health, Seniors and Active Living, and is the president of the Canadian Nurses Association. Claire will join the NCCDH on March 4, 2019. A registered nurse, Claire brings a wealth of expertise, rich networks and a passion to translate knowledge and evidence, especially to position public health to advance health equity. Her visionary and strategic leadership will strengthen public health decision-making, policy and practice by deepening the NCCDH’s impact, relevance, reach and partnerships.

cbetker@stfx.ca
Connie Clement

Connie Clement

Scientific Director Emerita

Connie Clement joined the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) in January 2011. Previously, Connie was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University.

cclement@stfx.ca
Ashorkor Tetteh

Ashorkor Tetteh

Knowledge Translation Coordinator

Ashorkor joined the NCCDH in September 2018 as a knowledge translation coordinator and is based out of Montréal, Québec. She supports project management and knowledge translation activities related to the Organizational Capacity Initiative as well as Health Equity Clicks: Community.

Ashorkor has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in epidemiology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in sociology and French. Prior to her public health studies, Ashorkor worked in a variety of industries, including journalism, publishing, event planning, program support and office management. Since completing her graduate studies, she has spent almost five years in clinical and public health research at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), respectively, as well as almost four years as a content developer for knowledge translation products at a medical training company and several years as a freelance editor, writer and epidemiological consultant. Ashorkor brings to the NCCDH a multidisciplinary and cross-industry experience that has well-prepared her to bridge the gap from knowledge to action between the research industry and public health practice.

atetteh@stfx.ca
Danielle MacDonald

Danielle MacDonald

Research Assistant (currently on leave)

Danielle has several ties to the St. Francis Xavier University community, including being an alumnus of the BSc program. She has worked at StFX in the Physical Sciences Centre (housing the Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Sciences, and Physics departments), with the Research Ethics Board and as the Coordinator of the Faculty Development Committee. She also held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Chemistry. Danielle has experience conducting literature reviews, preparing manuscripts for publication and carrying out in-lab research. She has experience as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer at the University of Victoria, where she obtained her PhD in inorganic chemistry.

damacdon@stfx.ca
Dianne Oickle

Dianne Oickle

Knowledge Translation Specialist

Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

doickle@stfx.ca
Faith Layden

Faith Layden

Program Manager

Faith has been with the NCCDH since February 2007 and is involved in strategic and operational planning. She oversees decisions related to programming and operations, focusing on the processes for finance, human resources, project management, quality assurance and evaluation, official language expectations, communications, partnerships and facilities management at the Centre.

She earned her MPA at the University of Victoria and has an MA in French from Dalhousie University, specializing in linguistics. Faith has worked with teams at the University of Victoria, a national non-profit organization and the BC provincial government. Currently, Faith sits on the Project Management team for the Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (IHRIS) Network. Outside of work, she recently served as a member of both her Community Health Board and her local government in Antigonish.

Since April 2017, the NCCDH has been housing the collective NCCPH Secretariat, for which Faith liaises with other NCCs to ensure its ongoing functionality.

flayden@stfx.ca
Jaime Stief

Jaime Stief

Communications Assistant

Jaime Stief is a communications professional based out of Waterloo, Ontario. Her background includes copy editing, writing and project administration in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to working with the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health, Jaime spent 3.5 years working with various publications in Seoul, Korea, where she edited magazine features, public policy briefs and non-fiction books, and had the opportunity to write articles for the Community section of a local English-language magazine. Academically, her areas of interest are urban sociology, postmodern advertising theory and research methodology. Outside of work, she likes volunteering at food- and cycling-oriented community programs.

jstief@stfx.ca
Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson

Knowledge Translation Specialist

Janet has a Master of Science (Health Promotion) from the University of Alberta. For several years, Janet has worked as a Health Promoter for Peterborough Public Health (PPH). While at PPH, Janet coordinated the healthy public policy activities, developed partnership approaches for collaborating with local governments, and coordinated strategies to address healthy built and natural environments. In addition to this, Janet is also an instructor for the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health where she teaches about the social determinants of health. 

Janet’s current work focus is the Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change (PHESC) project.

jadawson@stfx.ca
Pemma Muzumdar

Pemma Muzumdar

Knowledge Translation Specialist (currently on leave)

Pemma has contributed to dynamic teams at the Ontario Science Centre, Discovery Channel Canada, The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital, and the Program Training and Consultation Centre at Cancer Care Ontario. She is a proud graduate of the University of Waterloo's Master of Public Health program, and is passionate about health equity within Canada and abroad.

pmuzumd@stfx.ca
Shim Pang

Shim Pang

Administrative Assistant

Shim joined the NCCDH in October 2012. She has a MSc in Telecommunications Management and two Bachelor's degrees (in Finance and in Computer Science) from Oklahoma State University. She has held several positions including Account Clerk, Helpdesk and Computer Technician, Research Assistant, and Junior Web Developer. 

spang@stfx.ca
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist

Sume has professional experiences in equity-focused organizational and community development and change, social justice education, HIV/AIDS prevention, research, knowledge translation, evaluation and women's rights with local, provincial and global organizations. Sume has previously contributed to teams at the Program Training and Consultation Centre of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy, the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Southern African AIDS Trust and the Centre for Social Justice. Sume holds a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto.

seyoh@stfx.ca

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