Dr. Josée G. Lavoie is an internationally renowned researcher with over 30 years of experience working in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations to improve Indigenous peoples' access to health services.
A Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of Ongomiizwin Research in the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Dr. Lavoie's scholarship focuses on improving access to primary health care for underserved and marginalized populations as she also studies health systems policy at the local, regional, and national level.
Dr. Lavoie has particular interest in how western and Indigenous knowledge systems interface in the provision of health services in and for Indigenous communities in the Arctic and around the world. Since her work as a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar (2018-19), she has also developed a strong interest in studies of both Arctic Indigenous Peoples' governance and circumpolar diplomacy.
Dr. Lavoie's research partners include First Nations, Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples across Canada, in Alaska, Norway, Colombia, Australia, and New Zealand. She also maintains ongoing research partnerships with the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and with the Manitoba Inuit Association.