Sandra Juutilainen

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Community Services School of Nutrition Toronto, Ontario sandra.juutilainen@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 557890

Bio/Research

Sandra Juutilainen is a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames and also of Finnish-Canadian heritage. She has experience working in the area of Indigenous health at the community, provincial and federal level in Canada and with Sami communities in the Nordic countries. She completed a PhD in Healt...

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Bio/Research

Sandra Juutilainen is a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames and also of Finnish-Canadian heritage. She has experience working in the area of Indigenous health at the community, provincial and federal level in Canada and with Sami communities in the Nordic countries. She completed a PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Oulu, Finland in 2017. Upon return to Canada, she received a Health System Impact Fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her work was embedded at Public Health Ontario and University of Waterloo. She is currently assistant professor – Indigenous health and nutrition, in the School of Nutrition, Ryerson University.

Her ongoing research projects include a mixed-methods study funded by the Rick Hansen Institute and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation: ‘Indigenous populations and spinal cord injury: utilizing an Indigenous lens to establish meaningful data”. Juutilainen brings her experience with Indigenous health, building respectful research relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations, and qualitative analyses to the project.

She holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of Waterloo where she is the principle investigator on a SSHRC funded study "Truth Telling: gardens, farming and food experiences at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School" (SSHRC-Insight Development Grant No. 430-2018-0341, $68,194 over two years). The study, in collaboration with University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Public Health Ontario and Six Nations of the Grand River, describes experiences and perceptions of gardens, farming and food in relation to Indian Residential Schools; and, the Indigenous community-led programs designed to improve food access and food sovereignty.


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