Dr. Nakia Lee-Foon

Position: Inaugural Learning Health Systems Associate
Degrees: HBSc, MHSc with Community Health Specialisation, PhD
Keywords: Equity; Community based participatory research; Intersectionality; Sexual and reproductive health; Social determinants of health; Young Black gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men’s health; STI prevention and intervention programming and qualitative research methods.
Publications: https://healthydebate.ca/2022/03/topic/why-equity-indicators-are-essential-in-covid-19-monitoring/, Why equity indicators are essential in COVID-19 monitoring; https://utpjournals.press/doi/10.3138/cjhs.2020-0026, “I just trust what Google says, it’s the Bible”: Exploring young, Black gay and other men who have sex with men’s evaluation of sexual health information sources in Toronto, Canada; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29490641/, "One program that could improve health in this neighbourhood is?" using concept mapping to engage communities as part of a health and human services needs assessment; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Nakia+Lee-Foon, PubMed
Categories: Science, Scientific Staff

Dr. Lee-Foon is the inaugural Learning Health Systems Associate at the Institute for Better Health (IBH). She received her PhD in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences stream at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto. Her award winning doctoral research explored the state of sexual health literacy amongst young Black gay and other men who have sex with men in Toronto. Nakia’s PhD was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in health equity at DLSPH. She has taught and assisted with the curriculum development of various aspects of public health and research methodologies at the community, graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Lee-Foon sat on the board of directors for the Black Health Alliance where she was the Vice President from 2016-2018. She is currently the Vice Chair for Planned Parenthood Toronto’s board. Nakia has over 10 years of experience conducting qualitative and mixed-methods research with racialized communities.

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