About this research

An interest in contributing to the transformation of health care systems affecting Indigenous peoples in our country’s North is what drives my program of research. Canada’s per capita health expenditures in the North are double that of Canada as a whole and among the highest in the world, yet its health outcomes lag behind the rest of the country, especially among Indigenous peoples.[1] My research seeks to address health disparities, especially in the area of mental health. Much of my work is in the context of criminal court mental health initiatives which are a ‘down-stream’ mental health service. These initiatives, namely, mental health courts and mental health diversion programs, emphasize diagnosis and treatment over prosecution and jail. This work involves collaboration with governments, legal institutions, and Indigenous organizations. It is well-aligned with Canada’s commitment under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to advancing optimal mental and physical health of Indigenous peoples and is responsive to Canada’s 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to close gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by improving equitable access to health care.

[1] Young T.K., Chatwood, S., Marchildon, G. P. (2016). Healthcare in Canada’s North: Are we getting value for money? Healthcare Policy, 12(1), 59-70.