Dr. Onye NnoromDr. Onye Nnorom

Lead Researcher

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a family doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She practices at TAIBU Community Health Centre, in Scarborough and is the Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program, providing leadership on matters of cancer prevention and care to primary care physicians in the region.

She is also the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nnorom completed her medical degree at McGill University, and then completed a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) and residency training at the University of Toronto. Being of Nigerian and Trinidadian heritage, she is particularly interested in immigrant health, and Black community health and wellness. Much of her work is focused on the prevention of chronic diseases, particularly cancer.


AishaLoftersDr. Aisha Lofters

Co-Lead Researcher

Dr. Lofters is a family physician with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

She currently holds a Career Development Award in Prevention from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. Her research interests include cancer screening, immigrant health and health equity, using a broad range of methods including secondary database analysis and community-based participatory research.



Nakia leefoonNakia Lee-Foon

Nakia Lee-Foon sits on the Board of Directors for the Black Health Alliance (BHA). She is also a PhD student in Public Health, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Nakia completed a Masters of Health Sciences in Community Health at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). During her masters, Nakia researched Black-Canadian parent-youth sexual health communication to determine ways to enhance youths’ sexual health education and reduce HIV exposure among Black youth populations.




FranScottsmallDr. Fran Scott

Fran Scott is a public health specialist with over 30 years of experience in local public health practice and academic public health. She holds faculty appointments as an associate professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Fran is interested in epidemiology, education and health equity. She is the Director of the new Master of Public Health Program at McMaster.



Ankur JainDr. Ankur Jain

Ankur Jain is a young family physician trained in India. He is enthusiastically working towards a Residency training position in Canada. He is interested in public health, mental health, and equitable healthcare. He also has a special interest in geriatric care. He hopes to practice medicine at a teaching hospital or a community health center in the near future.