AMS 80th Anniversary Symposium

Josée Lavoie


Josée G. Lavoie is a Professor and Director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Manitoba. She holds a BSc (Nutrition) and an MA (Medical Anthropology) from McGill University, and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Health Policy and Financing). Before beginning her research career, Josée spent 12 years working for Indigenous controlled health organizations in the eastern North West Territories (now Nunavut) and northern Saskatchewan. Her program of research is located at the interface between policy and Indigenous health services, with a focus on contracting, accountability and responsiveness. Josée is particularly interested in how western and Indigenous knowledge systems interface in the provision of health services in Indigenous communities. She has published extensively in the areas of contact theory, assessing the performance of on-reserve primary healthcare services, and Indigenous health policy. Josée maintains on-going partnerships with the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (Canada), Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development (New Zealand), and Anas Wayuu (Colombia). She is actively engaged in collaborations in Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, and in circumpolar countries. Josée is one of the Chairs for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s College of Reviewers.