Jennifer Leason 

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Maternal Child Wellness

Tier 2 - 2020-09-01
University of Calgary
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Research summary

Although the overall health outcomes of First Nations and Inuit Peoples in Canada have improved in recent years, there are still gaps between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. For example, infant mortality rates are two to three times higher for Indigenous Peoples versus other Canadians. 

Dr. Jennifer Leason, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Maternal Child Wellness, aims to address maternal-child health disparities and associated inequities for Indigenous Canadians. She and her research team are focusing on reproductive health, pregnancy, birth, the postpartum stage and the early childhood years with the aim of shedding light on healthy life trajectories for individuals, families, communities, nations, provinces and the world.