DONIKA JONES, MPH
Health Promotion Specialist, Chronic Disease
Donika Jones completed a Masters of Public Health degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She also graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree, where she completed a double major in Human Biology and Equity Studies. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa. She is bilingual and speaks English and French.
She is currently living Nunavut, Canada, where she has been working for the Government of Nunavut, Department of Health for two years as a Health Promotion Specialist in Chronic Disease. She currently provides leadership to the territorial Chronic Disease file, and works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to develop and support territorial initiatives around alcohol and cancer screening.
In her current position, Miss Jones works with multijurisdictional and interdisciplinary teams, which allows her to build consensus and partnerships that support shared priorities. She also uses these platforms to inform discussions, provide contextual information, and highlight the Nunavut perspective—as the needs of Nunavummiut are often lacking, minimized or overlooked in multijurisdictional discussions.
Prior to her work in Nunavut, Miss Jones volunteered briefly at The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions, at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she worked as a Program Evaluator. She completed her internship at Toronto Public Health, where she reviewed research around health disparities, health inequities, and barriers to accessible health services. She used this information to contextualize and better understand the challenges faced by non-status immigrants residing in Toronto. Miss Jones currently volunteers with the Nunavut Black History Society, and serves as the secretary. She has volunteered with the Jamaican Diaspora-Canada Foundation Future Leaders, where she served as member and the Communications Chair.
Miss Jones approaches her professional work and her personal endeavours from an equity perspective. She works within an anti-oppressive framework, and has come to understand how inequities create barriers to accessible healthcare and healthcare services. Her background has enabled her to recognize these barriers and address them through evidence-based practices that are developed with an equity focus. Her background has also positioned her to work with and support an array of individuals. Miss Jones has excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership skills and strong communication skills—all of which enable her to work with diverse stakeholders and speak to a range of topics with sensitivity and tact.
Miss Jones is both professionally dedicated and personally interested in equity, public health, accessible health systems, and is committed to working at the intersectionality of these disciplines to draw attention to their interconnectedness.