The Information Without Borders Conference committee is excited to announce that Debbie Martin, of Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance, will be speaking at the 2016 conference, on the topic of evolving health care data and records.
Debbie Martin is a professor in Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance.
Her program of research is aimed at preventing chronic diseases, which are disproportionately higher among Aboriginal peoples relative to their non-Aboriginal counterparts within Canada. Working directly with communities, she works to identify and address key community and societal level determinants, that are often linked to lifestyle factors, that ultimately cause chronic diseases. For instance, cost and availability of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, which limits food choices, puts people at risk for debilitating, costly, and preventable, chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers.
A key feature of her work focuses on the importance of community engagement and using Indigenous ‘ways of knowing’ (methodologies) to inform the research process – from design to dissemination.