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Vol. 10 - November 2020
Giving Tuesday, Health Inequities, and Meet your Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Holidays may feel less celebratory this year, however, one thing remains the same – Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to pay it forward to the causes you care passionately about. Our community is needed now more than ever.

While we work to recover from the current pandemic, our community of alumni, students, faculty and staff continue their critical work to lead the way in public health and health systems.

Donate today to support the education, research and future of public health and health systems!


Give to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Give to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Meet Your Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement

The Advancement and Alumni Engagement Office, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is a dynamic quartet of philanthropic and alumni engagement professionals. Annette Paul, Miriam Irvine, Leanne Boutwell and Alison Sasso (L-R), manage the lifecycle of donors and alumni with a passion for engaging the community through events, outreach and interactions.

Annette Paul - Director, Advancement
As the Director of Advancement for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, I lead a comprehensive advancement and alumni engagement program. I work closely with academic and administrative leadership to develop, shape, and share examples of transformative strategic initiatives, research, education and knowledge translation excellence with donors, alumni and other external stakeholders that lead to meaningful, sustainable support and commitment. I am a passionate and committed leader who supports health equity, and access and capacity-building mandates. 

Fun Fact: A few fun facts - Kamala Harris' mother was from the same state in India as my paternal grandfather. From here on out, I will be saying that I am related to her, but I will not be taking any questions about it! I am an avid reader and have an extensive library. I am also an avid collector of notebooks and pens, and have a dedicated space in my home with a giant "do not touch" sign over it. And lastly, I've been a runner my whole life, running track competitively in my youth, and now longer (and slower) runs all year long.

Miriam Irvine - Alumni Engagement Officer
As the Alumni Engagement Officer, I have the honour of working with the alumni community to create meaningful and impactful opportunities to allow alumni to further connect with one another and harness this powerful network of scholars and experts. I enjoy hearing about the impact alumni, faculty, staff and students have made on local and global communities and I would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to me for a virtual coffee chat: 

Fun fact: Work within public health has been in my family for generations with family members working in the science of infectious diseases and preventative medicine in Dublin, Ireland, France, and London, U.K. during the Second World War and beyond. Having been immersed in the arts, humanities and sciences in my home city of Cambridge, U.K. I am delighted to be working at the DLSPH. I am also an avid dancer, having competed in the Great British Championships and World Qualifying Championships for Irish Dancing. When I was younger I wanted to join River Dance!!

Leanne Boutwell - Development Officer
As the Development Officer, I have a passion for public health and health systems. I enjoy working with alumni and friends of the School to provide opportunities for giving which align with their philanthropic goals while removing financial barriers to excellence in education.  

Reach out to me to discuss making a leadership level gift ($1,000+ in a given year), monthly giving, creating a student award or to inquire about establishing a legacy through planned giving.

Fun Facts: I have a passion for equitable access to health care which began when I was 12 when I started volunteering with patients at a small, local hospital. I also have 32 house plants in my living room - a collection that seems to be growing by the day. 

Alison Sasso - Advancement Coordinator
As the Advancement Coordinator, I understand the importance of student scholarship, I was fortune to receive one for my own education. Working with the DLSPH I am able to help support student awards, research and other opportunities at the school. It is a privilege to be able to support vital research and the next generation of public health and health systems leaders. 

Fun Fact: Whenever I go grocery shopping, I try and choose one item that I have never had before and try and cook with it. It started with fruits or vegetables, but now anything in the store is fair game.

Contact the DLSPH Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement
November 24, 2020 marked the inaugural lecture of the Institute for Pandemics Lecture Series on Health Equity hosted by the Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement at DLSPH. Focused on racial health inequities in COVID-19 outcomes and highlighting the empirical evidence that has been accumulated thus far, this event explored how advocates and policymakers are taking up the evidence in real-time. The expert panel explored the data and other indicators, and examined its implications for using policy and other strategies to dismantle structural, systemic racism.

Overwhelmed by the positive responses and attendance at the event, we invite you t
o watch again by visiting our YouTube page.

Hear from export panelists:

Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Camille Orridge, Senior Fellow, Wellesley Institute and Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Joe Cressy, Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, City of Toronto

Arjumand Siddiqi, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Equity, Division Head of Epidemiology, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Adalsteinn Brown, Professor & Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dispatches from the Field

Sabina Vohra-Miller, co-founder of the Vohra Miller Foundation

UofT Alumnus - MSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences 
Donor, Volunteer

I am a philanthropist who is exceptionally interested in making sustainable, systemic, meaningful and intentional changes to healthcare in Canada. Recently, we partnered with DLSPH to launch the Institute for Pandemics. I have two primary areas of focus. The first being on science education and advocacy. Earlier this summer, to counter the avalanche of mis- and dis-information on social media on COVID-19, I created a fact-based, educational page called Unambiguous Science. It disseminates information on a variety of social media platforms.

The second area that I am deeply passionate about is health equity and access to healthcare, especially in maternal health and well-being. We are currently in the process of building an exceptional program on this front – more details to come on this!

My two cents on the pandemic: I think this year has truly highlighted how deeply pervasive the war on science is. I urge all of us who work in the sciences to use your voice and advocate for science, because it is our only way forward to the future.

Dr. H. Dele Davies, MD 1985, MSc 1993, MHCM

Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean for Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska Medical Center
DLSPH and UofT Alumnus, Donor
FitzGerald Leadership Circle Member

As Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dean for Graduate Studies at UNMC, I am responsible for academic programs in all our colleges and institutes including our MS and PhD programs.  My research has primarily involved clinical and epidemiologic studies such as establishing the population-based rates, risk factors and virulence factors for neonatal Group B streptococcus infections in Canada.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children and Disasters and on the National Biodefense Science Board, advisory to the US Secretary for Preparedness.  

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most consequential event of my lifetime in terms of lives lost, the drastic impact it has had on cultural norms, mental, emotional and physical wellness, and the global economy.  It has also highlighted the vital importance of robust public health systems and coordinated national efforts in mitigating the impact of pandemics.

Dr. Frank Markel, Associate with Joan M. Green & Associates/LBCG Consulting for Impact

Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, IHPME
UofT Alumnus, Donor
FitzGerald Leadership Circle Member

I have had a varied career in healthcare, including roles as a researcher, policy maker, association leader and hospital administrator.  I concluded my career within healthcare as President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ and tissue donation organization, perhaps the most satisfying role I played. 

Now, I devote myself to executive search work, seeking leaders for the public sector, including both education and health. Of course, the many leaders I met and encouraged when they were students are a tremendous resource to me as I seek future heads of our public organizations.  I had some minor involvement in the response to SARS as Executive Director of the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, but I can only imagine the challenges our present leaders face with COVID.
For me, DLSPH has been a spiritual and intellectual home throughout my career, providing friendships, perspective and support whatever role in healthcare in which I found myself. I feel that DLSPH has been there for me, throughout my career, so I am happy now to give back in whatever way that I can, including some financial support as a member of the FitzGerald Leadership Circle.
We want to hear from you! What obstacles have you overcome prior to or during the pandemic? What are you working on? What would you like your fellow alumni to know?
Alumni: Share Your Updates!
Celebrating 2020 Arbor Award Winners

Alumni Terry Sullivan, Susan Campisi, Malcolm Moffat, Lauren Della Mora and Taylor Martin, received an Arbor award as a recognition for their volunteerism at DLSPH and IHPME.

The Arbor Awards recognize alumni who personify the very best attributes of the University’s motto, Velut Arbor Aevo – May it grow as a tree through the ages. It celebrates individuals who have served to anchor its traditions and spread its mission – to meet global challenges and prepare global citizens.

Each year, DLSPH celebrates volunteers with this honour. Read their thoughts on this recognition. 

November Graduates: Welcome to the DLSPH Alumni Community!
Class of 2020, on behalf of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), we are tremendously proud of your many accomplishments and achievements during your time here at the DLSPH. We wish you all the very best as you embark on the next chapter of your adventure. Welcome to this powerful alumni network.

In case you missed it, please view the celebration video with welcoming remarks from the Dean, Steini Brown.
The 50 (plus) most Influential Torontonians of 2020
A number of university luminaries have made the annual list,
including DSLPH alumni and faculty: 

Eileen de Villa, Patricia O’Campo, Janet Smylie and Barbara Yaffe
In Case You Missed It
  • DLSPH Dean, Steini Brown, with DLSPH professor Ashleigh Tuite, IHPME professor Colin Furness, also of Information, Andrew Morris and Isaac Bogoch of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, share what Ontario’s new modelling tells us. CBC Radio
  • DLSPH donor, Sabina Vohra-Miller on It’s not Diwali, it’s precarious employment and less health care resources. The Star
  • IHPME professor, Sara Allin, on Snowbird Migration in a COVID-19 Winter. TVO
  • DLSPH's Investigative Journalism Bureau (IJB) launches series on North America’s youth mental health crisis. IJB
  • DLSPH professor, Robert Steiner on messaging during the pandemic. CBC: Here & Now
  • DLSPH professor, Ross Upshur on vaccines. CTV Online
  • DLSPH professor, James Scott tests masks for Marketplace investigation. CBC: The National
  • DLSPH professors, Ashleigh Tuite and David Fisman, write about better collection and use of data: Flying blind on COVID-19: It’s time to do better. Toronto Star
  • DLSPH professor, Jeff Kwong urges patience following Pfizer vaccination update. UofTNews
  • IHPME professor, Dr. Vivek Goel on the latest mask guidelines. UofTNews
  • DLSPH alumnus, Maame De-Heer discusses making connections through a pandemic. DLSPH News
  • DLSPH alumnus, Major Gary Johnston on creating Safer Environments for Canada's Soldiers. DLSPH News
  • DLSPH alumnus, Dr.Dominik Nowak on the future of virtual care. Healthy Debate
Watch all Past DLSPH Webinars

The College of Electors Call for Nominations for Two Alumni Governors:
Closing Date December 17th

The College of Electors is seeking candidates who are inspired to enrich the University with special perspectives, experiences, and connections; who will actively participate in the governance of the University; and who will reflect the diversity of the University’s alumni.

Read more at the College of Electors website, applications are now open. Closing date: December 17th.

Job Opportunities

Black Health Lead, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
DLSPH invites applications for the position of Black Health Lead. The position is expected to be filled by an individual with a strong understanding of critical issues in Black Health, Public Health and the functioning of the University of Toronto. Closing Date: December 15th. For further details click here

Professor - Immunization Studies, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
DLSPH, at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position at the rank of Professor in the area of Immunization Studies. The expected start date is July 1st, 2021 or earlier. Closing Date December 16th. For further details click here

Upcoming Events
  • Toward the Health of a Nation - History Writ Large Featuring Les Boehm IHPME Adjunct, Alumnus and MG Donor
    November 30 | 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Register
  • Environmental health approaches to COVID-​19
    December 2 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m | Register
  • COVID-​19 Vaccine Ethics: Creating a Climate of Trust
    December 2 | 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m | Register
  • Indigenous Health Conference: Building Our Future
    December 3 – 5 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Register
  • Ontario NEIHR Webinar Series 2020-21
    December 8 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Register
  • Palliative Care, Culture & the Clinic: Ensuring Universal Access to Palliative Care
    January 7 – 28, 2021 | Save the Date

Moonshot 2020 & IHPME Holiday Party

Moonshot brings together thought leaders in health policy and systems, and enables the IHPME community to network and celebrate its achievements and milestones. Join us at this year's event, which will be held virtually via Zoom, on Dec. 9, 2020 from 12 to 2 p.m.

This year's theme is Designing the Health System of the Future. Learn more and register today!

DLSPH Links & Resources
Stay in touch! Click here to update your contact information.
University of Toronto's Institute for Pandemics
Listen to Dr. Vivek Goel’s 3 Minute COVID-19 Podcast Episodes
ICES COVID-19 Sociodemographic Dashboard
Live Updates on COVID-​19 from DLSPH
#HowsMyFlattening Data Analytics and Visualization
Globally Ranked #12: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Globally Ranked #18: University of Toronto
For any questions or inquiries, contact:
Annette Paul, Director, Advancement
Miriam Irvine, Alumni Engagement Officer
Leanne Boutwell, Development Officer
Alison Sasso, Advancement Coordinator
Stay well, stay connected.
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