Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH), has recently been appointed by Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) to one of its five Institutes Advisory Boards (IABs).
Dr. Greenwood will serve a four-year term on the IAB on Health Innovation, which provides advice on accelerating the discovery, development, evaluation and integration of health innovation into practice. The four other IABs focus on research excellence, policy, and ethics; Indigenous peoples’ health; health promotion and prevention; and chronic conditions.
Collectively, the five Institutes Advisory Boards will provide strategic advice on approaches and directions for each of CIHR’s 13 research institutes. The inclusion of Indigenous appointees on each IAB ensures that Indigenous knowledge is taken into account across the system.
“Health Innovation is an important place to be,” Dr. Greenwood commented on her appointment to the IAB. “To me, it means that Indigenous knowledge and values are taken into account in creating new ways of doing health research that are based on principles of justice and equity, and focused on partnerships that honour relationships in ethical space.”
With her appointment to the IAB on Health Innovation, Dr. Greenwood brings a wealth of experience on the health and well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities. An Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry, Dr. Greenwood is a UNBC Professor in the departments of First Nations Studies and Education, as well as Vice-President of Aboriginal Health at Northern Health and Academic Lead of the NCCAH. Dr. Greenwood has served on numerous national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has worked both internationally and nationally with organizations including UNICEF, the United Nations, Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH), Public Health Network of Canada, and CIHR’s Institute for Aboriginal People’s Health. Dr. Greenwood has also authored publications on a wide range of topics related to Indigenous peoples’ health, including Indigenous child and family health, social determinants of health, Indigenous health knowledge, knowledge translation, and health system transformation.