Faculty Member

Earl Nowgesic RN, BScN, MHSc, PhD

Email Address(es)
earl.nowgesic@utoronto.ca
Division(s)/Office
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Position
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Indigenous or Aboriginal (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Metis) health
  • Health services
  • HIV prevention and intervention (e.g., access, acceptance and adherence to antiretroviral therapy)
  • Critical social sciences and Indigenous methodologies
  • Social and behavioural health sciences
  • Social epidemiology
  • Nursing

Education & Training History

  • PhD, Public Health Science (Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Specialization), University of Toronto, 2015
  • MHSc, Health Science (Community Health and Epidemiology Specialization), University of Toronto, 1994
  • BScN, Nursing, University of Ottawa, 1990

Other Affiliations

  • Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation), member
  • College of Nurses of Ontario, registered nurse
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, member
  • Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, regular member

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Doctoral qualifying examination committees; master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation supervisory committees; and thesis and dissertation defense committees (e.g., doctoral final oral examination committee).

Professional Summary & Appointments

Dr. Earl Nowgesic is Anishinaabe from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek. Dr. Nowgesic is Assistant Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is also a Status-only Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (U of T).

Dr. Nowgesic has over 20 years of experience working in the health sector in Canada. He has been Interim Director and Interim Associate Director of the U of T Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and the Director of the First Nations Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Prior to these positions, he was inaugural Associate Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and the first Epidemiologist for the Assembly of First Nations. With the Canadian government, Dr. Nowgesic has held positions as a federal field epidemiologist and the National HIV/AIDS Program Specialist-First Nations and Inuit. His career is founded on his work as a registered nurse in Ontario.

Among academic positions he has held, Dr. Nowgesic was an Assistant Professor of Public Health at U of T and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He has held competitive grants, including the CIHR Fellowship in Health Services and Population Health HIV/AIDS Priority Announcement. He has published papers on HIV, tuberculosis, nursing, public health, and research capacity and infrastructure.

Dr. Nowgesic has been a member of national and international committees including: the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (now the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association) Board of Directors; the Canadian Nurses Association Aboriginal Health Nursing and Health Advisory Group; the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee; the CIHR Institute Advisory Board on Health Promotion and Prevention; the National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS (advisory to Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada); and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Nowgesic is a past President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and past Vice-President of the International Union for Circumpolar Health.

Dr. Nowgesic received the Health Canada Deputy Minister’s Award for Team Excellence, the CIHR Cy Frank Award for Evaluation, and the U of T President’s Award for Outstanding Native Student of the Year.

Dr. Nowgesic holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Science (specializing in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) and a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from U of T and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa. He has a certificate in Advanced Training in Qualitative Health Research Methodology from the U of T Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, and he is a graduate of the Field Epidemiology Training Program of Health Canada, Laboratory Centre for Disease Control.

Appointments

Assistant Scientific Director (2017 to present), Associate Director (2004 to 2008) and Assistant Director (2001 to 2004), Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (formerly known as the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health)

Interim Associate Director (2015 and 2017) and Interim Director (2016), Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor (2017 to present, status only; and 2015 to 2017, contractually limited term appointment), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Lecturer (2017 to present, adjunct), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor (2005 to 2008, adjunct), Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Assistant Professor (2001 to 2004, status only), Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Associate Member (2015 to present; and 2001 to 2004), School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Honours & Awards

  • 2015 University of Toronto President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year
  • 2014-2015 K.M. Hunter Graduate Studentship in Aboriginal Health
  • 2014-2015 Indspire Building Brighter Futures Scholarship
  • 2013 Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network LaVerne Monette Scholar
  • 2011-2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship – Health Services and Population Health HIV/AIDS Priority Announcement
  • 2009-2014 University of Toronto Open Fellowship
  • 2011-2012 Ontario HIV Treatment Network Universities Without Walls Fellowship
  • 2010-2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Aboriginal Health Careers Scholarship
  • 2009-2010 CIHR University of Toronto/McMaster University Indigenous Health Research Development Program Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007 CIHR Cy Frank Award for Evaluation
  • 1999 Health Canada Deputy Minister’s Award for Team Excellence

Current Research Projects

2016-2021 RETRAC2: Research on commercial tobacco reduction in Aboriginal communities.

Representative Publications

  1. Benoit, A.C., Younger, J., Beaver, K., Jackson, R., Loutfy, M., Masching, R., Nobis, T., Nowgesic, E., O’Brien-Teengs, D., Whitebird, W., Zoccole, A., Hull, M., Jaworsky, D., Benson, E., Rachlis, A., Rourke, S., Burchell, A.N., Cooper, C., Hogg, R., Klein, M., Machouf, N., Montaner, J., Tsoukas, C., Raboud, J., Building Bridges & the Canadian Observational Cohort Collaboration. (2017). Increased mortality among Indigenous persons in a multisite cohort of people living with HIV in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(2), e169-e175.
  2. Benoit, A.C., Younger, J., Beaver, K., Jackson, R., Loutfy, M., Masching, R., Nobis, T., Nowgesic, E., O’Brien-Teengs, D., Whitebird, W., Zoccole, A., Hull, M., Jaworsky, D., Rachlis, A., Rourke, S., Burchell, A. N., Cooper, C., Hogg, R., Klein, M. B., Machouf, N., Montaner, J., Tsoukas, C., Raboud, J., Building Bridges & the Canadian Observational Cohort Collaboration. (2016). A comparison of virological suppression and rebound between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons initiating combination antiretroviral therapy in a multisite cohort of individuals living with HIV in Canada. Antiviral Therapy, DOI: 10.3851/IMP3114
  3. Nowgesic, E., Meili, R., Stack, S., & Myers. (2015). The Indigenous Red Ribbon Storytelling Study: What does it mean for Indigenous peoples living with HIV and a substance use disorder to access antiretroviral therapy in Saskatchewan? Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 7(Winter), 27-40.
  4. Nowgesic, E. (2013). Getting the Canadian HIV epidemic to zero: Valuing Indigenous cultures through holistic research. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 5(Winter), 60-70.
  5. Nowgesic, E. (2010). Addressing HIV/AIDS among Aboriginal people using a health status, health determinants and health care framework: A literature review and conceptual analysis. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 3(Winter), 35-47.
  6. Clark, M., Riben, P., & Nowgesic, E. (2002). The association of housing density, isolation and tuberculosis in Canadian First Nations communities. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31(5), 940-945.
  7. Reading, J., & Nowgesic, E. (2002). Improving the health of future generations: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. American Journal of Public Health, 92(9), 1396-1400.
  8. Marsden, N., Schneider, D., Copley, T., Skaling, B., & Nowgesic, E. (2000). Attitudes and beliefs towards HIV and AIDS among Aboriginal peoples living in British Columbia.  Native Social Work Journal, 3, 183-191.
  9. Nowgesic, E., Fyfe, M., Hockin, J., King, A., Ng, H., Paccagnella, A., Trinidad, A., Wilcott, L., Smith, R., Denney, A., Struck, L., Embree, G., Higo, K., Ip Chan, J., Markey, P., Martin, S., & Bush, D. (1999). An outbreak of yersinia pseudotuberculosis in British Columbia – November 1998. Canada Communicable Disease Report, 25(11), 97-100.
  10. Nowgesic, E., Hockin, J., Larder, A., & Fyfe, M. (1999). An outbreak of shigella sonnei in British Columbia – September 1998. Canada Communicable Disease Report, 25(8), 73-78.
  11. Nowgesic, E., Skowronski, D., & King, A. (1999). Direct costs attributed to chicken pox and herpes zoster in British Columbia, 1992 to 1996. Canada Communicable Disease Report, 25(11), 100-104.