Dr. Catherine Cook

With a joint position as Vice-President of Population and Aboriginal Health for the Winnipeg Health Region, and Associate Dean of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Catherine Cook plays an important role in shaping the nature and scope of Aboriginal health care and research in Manitoba.

Born and raised on Matheson Island, which is located at the narrows of Lake Winnipeg, Cook graduated from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine in 1987 and soon after took a position as a family physician with the U of M's Northern Medical Unit.

In 2000, Cook joined the Winnipeg Health Region as a medical officer of health. She played a leading role in developing its Aboriginal Health Strategy and also served as a special advisor to the Manitoba Minister of Health during the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009.

Career profile

2010 to present: Vice-President, Population and Aboriginal Health, Winnipeg Health Region; Associate Dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

2009 to 2011: Special Advisor to the Minister of Health on H1N1 issues

2006 to 2010: Executive Director, Aboriginal Health Programs, Winnipeg Health Region

2005 to 2010: Founding Director, Centre for Aboriginal Health Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

2004 to present: Nominated Principal Investigator, ACADRE and NEAHR Grants, Canadian Institutes for Health Research

2004 to 2010: Co-Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

2000 to 2006: Regional Medical Officer of Health, Regional Director, Aboriginal Health Services, Winnipeg Health Region

1996 to 2000: Director, Health Programs, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada

1995 to 1996: Regional Medical Officer of Health, Manitoba Health, Nor-Man Region

1991 to 1996: Associate Director, J. A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

1994 to 1998: Primary Care physician at Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Women's Health Clinic, Mount Carmel Clinic, St. James Medical Clinic

1989 to 1995: Fly-in physician to remote communities in northern Manitoba, J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, University of Manitoba

Publications / Articles

How Can the Health Community Foster and Promote the Health of Aboriginal Children and Youth? Paediatric Child Health 2005; 10 (9): 549-552, Moffatt M., Cook C.L.

Aboriginal Child Health and the Social Determinants: Why are These Children so Disadvantaged? Healthcare Quartlerly, Vol. 14: pp 42 - 51. Special Issue, October 2010, Postl, B.D., Cook, C.L., Moffatt, M.

The Métis Need to Know Study: Using a Novel Knowledge Translation Model to Bridge the Research Practice Gap. "Knowing Your Roots: Indigenous Medicine, Health Knowledge and Best Practices," International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) Conference, May 24-28, 2010, Poulsbro, WA. (poster), Hoeppner, N., Bartlett, J., Martens, P., Neufeld, R., Cook, C., & Elias, B.

Barriers and motivators of prenatal care utilization among inner-city women. Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) 23rd Annual Meeting. Seattle, Poster presentation, June 23, 2010, Heaman, M., Sword, W., Moffatt, M., Elliott, L., Helewa, M., Gregory, P., Cook, C., Tjaden, L., & Morris, H. (2010). Heaman, M., Sword, W., Moffatt, M., Elliott, L., Helewa, M., Gregory, P., Cook, C., Tjaden, L., & Morris, H.

Wave: March / April 2012

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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