Ashley is a former policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada, intern with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and program coordinator with the Aga Khan Foundation’s Afghanistan Health Programme. Ashley’s graduate research explored the clinical care experiences of women who sell sex and inject high-risk drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Ashley has been involved in the whole spectrum of public health interventions, in Canada and globally. And she remains dissatisfied.
For Ashley, public health is far more than vaccines and cancer screenings. Public health – at its heart – is a public good. The implications of public health done poorly are, sadly, borne largely by those on the margins, the excluded, the fringes, the disenfranchised.
Ashley would like to see public health done right, with a focus on empowerment and hyper-local, participatory solutions.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts & Science, with a minor specialization in Economics, from McMaster University, as well as a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. Currently, Ashley is a community-based research coordinator with Ottawa Inner City Health and will begin studying medicine at Michael DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University in August 2012.
Ashley is the founder and coordinator of Radical Public Health.