Health Systems and Policy

The Health Systems and Policy working group is responsible for exploring cost-effective strategies to improve and monitor women’s cardiovascular health and to promote these strategies based on findings.


Projects and Initiatives

State of the Science in Women's Cardiovascular Disease: A Canadian Perspective on the Influence of Sex and Gender, February 2020

A national collaborative effort of over 35 authors from across Canada (including a number of women with lived experience) published this scientific statement summarizing critical sex- and gender-specific issues in CVD. This comprehensive review of the evidence focused on the sex- and gender-specific differences in comorbidity, risk factors, disease awareness, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment across the entire spectrum of CVD. 

Read JAHA >>

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance ATLAS on the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women

In the process of creating the scientific statement, it was recognized that the team had also assembled an expansive collection of original research articles that were synthesized into detailed chapters reporting on the present state of the evidence unique to each cardiovascular condition in women. This work comprises an “ATLAS” on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of CVD in women.

About the ATLAS >>


Nicole Nickerson
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Middle Lehave, NS | @NicoleNickers11

Dr. Jodi Edwards

Jodi Edwards, PhD
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Scientist and Director
Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program
Co-Director, UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON | @brainheartnexus

Dr. Katherine Allan

Katherine Allan, BSc, BASc, MASc, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Division of Cardiology 
Chair, Cardiac Arrest Response and Education (CARE)
Project Manager, Canadian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network (C-SCAN) 
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON | @Katie_s_allan

Dr. Marie-Annick Clavel

Marie-Annick Clavel, DVM, PhD, FAHA
Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Quebec 
Quebec City, QC | @ClavelLabo

Dr. Abida Dhukai

Abida Dhukai, NP (Adult), MN-ACNP, ENC(C), PhD (candidate)
Nurse Practitioner, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON


Marsha Hardy
Patient Advocate
Woman with Lived Experience, NSTEMI
Toronto, ON

Donna Hart

Donna Hart, BA
CAN-RESTORE Standard Steering Committee 
World Transplant Games Athletic Advisory Committee – Swimming 
Patient Partner, Canadian National Transplant Research Program  (CNTRP)
Gender Outcomes International Group: to Further Well-being Development (GOING-FWD) 
Woman with Lived Experience
Milton, ON | @recycleyourself

Dr. Paula Harvey

Paula Harvey, BMBS, PhD, FRACP 
Physician in Chief, Women's College Hospital 
Scientist, Women's College Research Institute 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto 
F.M. Hill Chair in Women's Academic Medicine 
Women's College Hospital
Toronto, ON | @docPaulaHarvey

Dr. Amy Kirkman

Amy Kirkham, PhD, P.Kin, ATTH
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, ON | @amyakirkham

Nadia Lappa

Nadia Lappa
Woman with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON | @tweetsbynadia

Dr. Patrice Lindsay

Patrice Lindsay, RN, BScN, M.Ed, PhD, FWSO
Director of Health Systems Change
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada
Toronto, ON | @patrice_lindsay

Cheryl MacKenzie

Cheryl MacKenzie
Woman with Lived Experience
Halifax, NS

Michelle Meade Michelle Meade, BKin, CIMA, ICGB™, CSEP- CEP, ACSM
Winnipeg, MB
Dr. Colleen Norris Colleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN, GNP, FAHA, FCAHS  
Past Chair, Health Systems and Policy Working Group
Professor and Clinician Scientist, Faculties of Nursing, Medicine & Dentistry, and School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Scientific Director, Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
Fellow, American Heart Association
Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
Edmonton, AB | @womensheart2
Dr. Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FCAHS 
Professor and Head, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Kingston Health Sciences Centre 
Kingston, ON | @maternalHC

Dr. Victrine Tseung

Victrine Tseung, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Markham, ON | @victrine_t