Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta June 2013-Present

The Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care Practice (BETTER 2) program developed approach to Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in primary care in the Northwest Territories.

  • Identify national, provincial and territorial resources for chronic disease prevention that can be used in rural and remote communities involved in the BETTER 2
  • Contribute to the description of territorial and local health systems in the NWT through a comprehensive literature review
  • Consulted with the Department of Health and Social Service, Government of Northwest Territories (NWT) to create chronic disease prevention and screening lifestyle algorithms for weight management, tobacco cessation, physical activity and alcohol management to be used in resource limited settings
  • Managed multiple meetings with various stakeholders to incorporate their feedback into the final product
  • Adapted current best practices in the above lifestyle factors  to be useful for healthcare practitioners in the NWT, with the end goal of expanding territorially to all NWT communities

Research Assistant, School of Public Health University of Alberta September 2012 – Present

Engaging aboriginal youth in tobacco prevention using social media

  • Assist in all aspects of project implementation including execution of objectives and formative evaluation to determine the feasibly and process needs to conduct the research project effectively
  • Pilot test data collection tools and conduct initial program interviews with students and other stakeholders both in N’Dilo, Northwest Territories and Edmonton, Alberta
  • Coordinate schedules, meetings and workshops with all partners, thereby facilitating rapport build with all stakeholders and effective community consultation
  • Work with youth on developing their story boards, filming and editing of their videos

Research Assistant, Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Sciences September – December 2012

 Story telling with elders on food security using youth as researchers.

  • Facilitate community consultations
    • Conduct a formative program evaluation to determine the feasibility and process needs to conduct the research project effectively

Research Assistant, Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group December 2010 – September 2012

Wellness and health in youth: Aboriginal communities in transition (WHY ACT NOW)

  • Developed, edited, finalized and submitted proposal for the funding agency
  • Acted as a liaison between community partners, co-applicants, and the research group to ensure deadlines were met, relationships with partners were maintained and open communication occurred

Developed a screening tool for diabetes risk factors in urban aboriginal youth

  • Applied for specific ethics from the Public Health Agency of Canada (project funder)
  • Facilitated year-end reporting for funding agency

Inusiqasiarniq-Healthy choices for children and youth

  • Developed child specific nutrition data collection tools
  • Assisted in obtaining ethical approval
  • Travelled to Arviat, NU and provided community training and facilitated data collection
  • Assisted in data cleaning and diet analysis for 7-12 year old Inuit  children

Experience and training for Northerners in research design & methodology

  • Assisted in development of course and evaluation materials
  • Liaised with community and facilitated recruitment of participants for the course
  • Travelled to Inuvik, NWT and assisted in facilitating the community workshop
  • Drafted, edited, finalized and submitted year-end report to funding agency

Diet and Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk in African Americans and Rural Africans

  • I assisted in data cleaning and analysis (nutribase and SAS) and drafting manuscripts

Research Assistant: Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation February 2010 – October 2010

A longitudinal study of environmental determinants of overweight among children:  The SHAPEs of things to come

  • Collected data on body composition, physical fitness level, and dietary intake
  • Administered surveys with the children and their parents
  • Executed exercise testing based on Canadian Society for Exercise Testing protocols