Fatimah Jackson-Best, Black youth mental health, Black children, Pathways to Care
Project Manager

Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best

Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best is a public health researcher with a specialization in mental health and whose work focuses on communities in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and conducted her dissertation research on Black women’s experiences of maternal depression in Barbados. Following this, Dr. Jackson-Best took an appointment as a Global Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa and conducted a cross analysis of mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and physical disability stigma with a focus on interventions and intersectionality frameworks. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as BMC Public Health, JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Gender and Education, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.

Dr. Jackson-Best also does research consultancy work in Canada and the Caribbean.

Black youth, Mental Health, Tiyondah Fante-Coleman, Pathways to Care

Tiyondah Fante-Coleman

Tiyondah Fante-Coleman recently completed her MA in Community Psychology (2019) and her B.Sc. in Health Sciences (2016) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about social justice and health equity, her research interests include exploring access to health care, mental health, and the behavioural and cultural influences of sexuality, especially among racialized and minority populations. 

Tiyondah’s past research has focused on access to healthcare for African, Caribbean, and Black residents of Waterloo Region, HIV vulnerability in youth, and the experiences of burnout and mental illness among Black women who work in the health sector. She continues to exercise her passion for advocacy and knowledge-building through her volunteer work with Stand Up for Health, an interactive workshop designed to inform policymakers and health stakeholders on the Social Determinants of Health

Melissa Booker
Research Administrative Coordinator

Melissa Booker

 In 2019, Melissa Booker completed her MHE at the University of Waterloo, following the completion of her BA in Health Studies at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. To fulfill her graduate requirements, Melissa completed her practicum at the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario and obtained a teaching assistantship for the Foundations for Program Evaluation course (HLTH614). Her core research interests include: mental health and access to culturally safe care, as well as sexual health epidemiology and access to appropriate sexual health and reproductive care for 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Melissa’s undergraduate research focused on the barriers to the utilization of sexual health care services faced by women who have sex with women living in Canada. She then began working as a research assistant at St. Michael’s hospital with the Centre for Global Health Research, supporting large-scale epidemiological studies that aimed to prevent mortality and improve health outcomes in lower and middle-income countries. Today, she continues to strengthen her research skills and demonstrate her commitment to health equity and social justice by volunteering at CANVAS Arts Action Programs, an arts-based not-for-profit organization that promotes the unlearning of gender-based violence, sexual violence, homophobia, and transphobia.

Bilingual Health Promoter

Deneece Plummer

Deneece Plummer is a 2017 graduate of the Honours Bachelors of Social Work program at the University of Windsor. As part of her BSW graduation requirements, Deneece held a placement position as a Social Work intern at the Windsor Regional Hospital on the acute in-patient mental health unit. In addition, Deneece is currently completing a Graduate certificate in Wellness Coaching at Humber College with special focus in mindfulness practices and program design.

As a Registered Social Worker, working with diverse populations, working in diverse environments and promoting health and wellness has always been Deneece’s passion. Deneece served as the Social Services Coordinator at a long-term care facility in Toronto, and a Teaching Assistant/Behavioural Teaching Assistant within the Peel District School Board supporting youth ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade with special needs and identified behavioural concerns.

As Deneece grows on the Pathways to Care team, she hopes to expand her skills with the various research methods, and utilize her bilingual ability to expand information dissemination to populations where French is their primary language.

Health Promoter

Ameerah Craigg

Ameerah Craigg is a Black woman whose work is informed by her various historically marginalized intersections and identities. After taking a sabbatical to work in the field, Ameerah will receive her BA in interdisciplinary Social Sciences as well as her BEd. During her sabbatical she spent time working in the mental health and addictions field as a counsellor and in the community wellness field as a workshop facilitator and yoga instructor. Through these experiences, Ameerah has been able to gain direct insight into the needs of her communities and uses her harm reduction, trauma informed, feminist/womanist, and capacity building frameworks to be a strong advocate, ally, and community organizer for those that need it the most. She currently manages a social support group for historically marginalized Black folks and is looking forward to deepening her qualitative research and data analysis skills through her capacity as Health Promoter in support of increasing access to whole health and wellness care.

Core Stakeholders

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
East Metro Youth Services
Black Health Alliance
Taibu Community Health Centre
Wellesley Institute

Our core stakeholders represent a cross-sector collaboration of organizations who oversee project development and ensure that Pathways to Care is driven by community. 

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