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STAFF

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh

Executive Director

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh is the Executive Director of the Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC) and an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is a catalytic leader who mobilizes knowledge and activates networks to advance policy and practice on social and economic issues that impact health and wellbeing. 

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Deborah Baiden

Research Assistant

Deborah Baiden, RN, is a PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Her research interests include cardiovascular health of mothers of African descent, gender and migration, and equity in healthcare programs and policies. She holds BSc. and MSc. degrees in Nursing from the University of Ghana in West Africa, and Western University, respectively. She is also Director of Research and Policy of the Canadian Black Policy Network. 

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Javiera Durán

Administrative & Research Assistant

Javiera is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto completing majors in Anthropology and Criminology. 

Shirley Hodder

Research Assistant

A first-year graduate student at Dalhousie University's master’s in health administration program who is from Gibson Woods, a historically Black Loyalist community in Nova Scotia. Shirley’s’ interests are working in academia to address systemic racism and dismantling barriers faced by the Black and Black Disability communities, specifically working with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community as both of her parents are Deaf.

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Bemnet Teferi

MPH Practicum Student

Bemnet Teferi received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Health Management at York University and is currently completing her Master of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences. Her research interest focus on Black health and mental health, the social determinants of health and health equity. Her drive is supplemented by continuing to push against stigmas to ensure equitable access to often understudied and under-researched communities with health care.

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Clémence Ongolo-Zogo

Research Assistant

Clémence Ongolo Zogo is a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto. She holds a MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and an Honours BHSc. from the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include local evidence mapping, evidence synthesis, contextualised knowledge translation, health systems research and community-based participatory research with ethnic and linguistic minorities in Ontario.

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Land and Ancestral Acknowledgment

The Black Health Education Collaborative acknowledges with gratitude the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island who continue to thrive and resist colonial violence while striving for self-determination and decolonial futures. We live, work and play in various territories including the lands of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga’s of the Credit River; Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, the Anishinaabe, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation; Kanien:keha’ka and Mi’kmaq.

We remember our ancestors, forcibly displanted Africans, brought to Turtle Island as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the histories and legacies of colonialism and neo-colonialism which continue to impact African Peoples and the descendants of the Black diaspora across the world. 

We recognize that racial colonial violence harm Black and Indigenous Peoples through both common and distinct logics and actions. We recognize our responsibility and obligations as African Peoples to be good guests on these lands. We offer thanks to our elders and communities from whom we learn. May your wisdom inform our actions towards a more just future.