Dr. Tracy Farmer

Dr. Tracy Farmer is a Principal at DPRA and a Medical Anthropologist. Tracy has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from McMaster University and completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship with the Canadian Heart Health Dissemination Project, a national level research program designed to investigate the nature of the relationships between organizational dissemination and capacity building for health promotion within the context of the Canadian Heart Health Initiative.

Since joining DPRA, Tracy has taken part in a number of INAC program evaluations, all of which required significant community-based and case-study research, many in the area of mental health and/or healing. She is currently Project Manager for the Pan-Territorial Health Planning Workshop, and Evaluation of H1N1 Planning and Response, both for the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services. She was also Project Manager for the Evaluation of the Labrador-Innu Comprehensive Healing Strategy, travelling to both communities to participate in interviews and engagement activities with community members. Tracy is currently the Project Manager for the NW LHIN Aboriginal health services project, overseeing all deliverables and efforts of the team as well as facilitating and presenting at engagement sessions.

Prior to working at DPRA, Tracy worked as an independent consultant and in that capacity participated in a number of health projects conducted with the intent of influencing organizational and/or governmental policies relating to specific health topics. Tracy has participated in several applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative health projects and worked with academics, key stakeholders and community members. These projects have focused on Aboriginal health, chronic and infectious disease, women’s health and community health. These studies have included research on: TB directly observed therapy (DOT) and contact investigation best practices for Toronto Public Health; HPV vaccination knowledge and experience in Canadian Aboriginal communities for the Assembly of First Nations; and a jurisdictional review of federal and provincial organizations implementing gender-based analysis (GBA) in health policy and planning for the Ontario Women’s Health Council Secretariat.

As an academic researcher Dr. Farmer has written about the health experiences of Aboriginal peoples. She is a co-editor and a contributor to a book entitled, Multiplying and Dividing: Tuberculosis in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand, which addresses the study of tuberculosis and social inequality, social policy and social history in vulnerable populations (Indigenous, immigrants) in Canada and New Zealand.

email: Tracy.Farmer [at] dpra.com