THE RESEARCH TEAM

Principle Investigators:

Dionne Gesink is a Professor with the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on the social epidemiology of sexual and reproductive health.  Dionne is particularly interested in the patterns, connections and relationships between behavioural, social, cultural, environmental and spatial factors, and sexual health. Dionne’s research approach is grounded in relational and community based participatory research principles.

Laura Bourns, Public Health Ontario, and former AMOH at Region of Peel – Public Health

Community Partner: Moyo Health and Community Services

Hope Ramsay is the Executive Director of Moyo and comes to us with over 25 years experience in the HIV sector in Canada and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Moyo, she managed the Communication and Member Development portfolio of the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) and before OAN, Hope held senior management positions at 360 Kids, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (BLACK CAP) and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). After beginning her career as a Registered Nurse, she went on to earn a Masters degree in Public Health and to become the Director of the first HIV program established in Jamaica – The Centre for HIV AIDS Research and Services at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She was also Founding Director of Nursing for the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life.

Yoshith Perera Yoshith is a community engagement manager with Moyo and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Western Ontario and Clinical Diploma in Medicine. Advocating for equity and social justice, he uses traditional and virtual platforms to mobilize social change. His recent contributions in public relations earned him the 2016 Publicist of the Year award by District 86 Toastmasters.

Jodh Singh works in men’s health promotion with Moyo as a service navigator. Jodh has a BSc in Psychology and has a background working with mental health and child protection services. He established www.fateh.info, a LGBTQ+ support service for Sikhs, and hopes to bring this service to Canada. Jodh works in programming to support and enrich the lives of Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer Men who have Sex with Men (GBTQMSM).

Co-Investigators:

David Brennan – University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Mark Gilbert – British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Daniel Grace – University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Carmen Logie – University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Travis Salway – British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

Markus Schafer – University of Toronto, Department of Sociology

Michael Widener – University of Toronto, Department of Geography

Students:

Joseph Friedman Burley and Cassandra Frietas