Professor Jeff Reading is the inaugural Interim Director of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute for Indigenous Health. With more than two decades of experience enhancing knowledge in Indigenous health issues, both in Canada and globally, Professor Reading is excited to return to Toronto and have the opportunity to play a role in the development of this Institute, one of the first of its kind in the world.
Professor Reading joins the Dalla Lana School of Public Health community from the University of Victoria where he was a Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy since 2005. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria and the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In the CIHR role, he led a movement calling for a national advanced research agenda in the area of Aboriginal people’s health and led the CIHR cross-cutting initiative in rural and northern health research. He also held the inaugural TransCanada Pipelines Chair in Aboriginal Health and Well-being.
Some of Professor Reading’s research interests include: the social determinants of health, environmental issues including provision of safe potable water, health promotion and disease prevention, heart health, diabetes, tobacco misuse and accessibility to health care among Aboriginal Canadians.
Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle
Angela Mashford-Pringleis an urban Algonquin woman from Timiskaming First Nation in northern Quebec. She received her PhD specializing in the area of Aboriginal health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto in 2013. Angela completed her Master of Arts degree at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) in 2008 in the area of Aboriginal and adult education. She has been providing workshops for teacher candidates in the area of Aboriginal worldviews and history. Angela worked for many years at Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada managing a variety of Aboriginal social programs like Aboriginal Head Start Urban and Northern Communities and the Community Action Program for Children. In 2010/11, Angela worked as the first Aboriginal Programs Manager at Centennial College where she developed Aboriginal Business Diploma programs and developed the frameworks for programs in early learning, health management, music, film, and an Aboriginal Studies Diploma. Angela is currently a part-time Lecturer in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto.