Welcome to my academic website.
An epidemiologist and social worker, I have done research on population health inequities over the past 25 years. The research questions that I have been most interested in involve the associations of key social resources such as health care and education with the health of diverse North American populations. My aim was to develop better understandings about the relative disadvantages experienced by diverse groups of people oppressed in various ways: the uninsured and underinsured, people living in poverty and people of color. My research team and I accomplished a series of federally funded (NIH & CIHR) health systems comparisons between Canada and the United States: "Breast and colon cancer care in Canada and the US, 1985 to 2015: Advancing knowledge to maximize protections and minimize harms in low-income neighborhoods and underserved communities."
I have two scholarly goals for the next 25 years, God willing. First, moving from primary to synthetic comparisons of additionally informing high-income nations I hope to create "hardcover” resources for the next generation of researchers, decision makers and publics. These will be two books "The skewed curve: Social solutions to America's social problems" and "Health care of people with low incomes in high-income nations: Best policies from around the world." Second, I hope to responsibly pass the scholarly baton off to the next generation of students, graduate and undergraduate, and junior investigators, academy and community-based.
I am very interested in supporting student research. My collegial network of researchers and knowledge users includes social and biomedical scientists as well as practicing social workers, physicians and allied health professionals and legislative decision makers. So we can support a number of professional, social or health scientific programs of study. In fact, our student protégés have been highly successful in winning scholarships in support for their research through CIHR, SSHRC, OGS and others student award programs.
Perhaps we will work, study, teach and learn together one day.
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is contempt prior to investigation."
William Paley (1743-1805)
"The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)