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Faculty Member

Janet Smylie MD, MPH, FCFP

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416-864-6060 x77380
Office Address
Centre for Research on Inner City Health/ Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute 30 Bond Street Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
Epidemiology Division
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

• Development and application of Indigenous and public health knowledge to improve health services and program for Indigenous infants, children, and their families
• Indigenous Knowledge Translation
• Indigenous Health Measurement and Measurement Systems

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL5421 (co-instructor)

Honours & Awards

Current Research Projects

• 2011 – Toronto Aboriginal Birth Search: Birth & Reproductive Health Priority Setting for Seven Generations, CIHR, $25,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2011 – Aboriginal Sex Worker’s Needs Assessment: Developing Capacity and Assessing Need Among Aboriginal Sex Workers in Toronto and Thunder Bay, OHTN, $10,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2011 – Indigenous Parenting & Infant-Toddler Health Promotion: International Knowledge Synthesis to Local Community Practice, CIHR, $25,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2011 – For Seven Generations: Knowledge Synthesis to Support the Development and Implementation of an Urban Aboriginal Birthing and Maternal Child Health Centre, CIHR, $100,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2010 – Strengthening health literacy among Indigenous people living with cardiovascular disease, their families, and health care providers, CIHR, $742,762. Role: Co-Applicant.
• 2010 – Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, CIHR, $9,297,961. Role: Co-Applicant.
• 2010 – Aboriginal Sex Worker’s Needs Assessment, The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), $25,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2009 – The ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions, CIHR, $1,790,000. Role: Co-Applicant.
• 2009 – New Investigator Award, CIHR, $325,000. Role: Principal Applicant.
• 2008 – Indigenous Knowledge Networks for Infant, Child and Family Health, CIHR, $930,000. Role: Principal Applicant.

Representative Publications

Smylie J., Firestone M., Cochran L., Prince C., Maracle S., Morley M., Mayo S., Spiller T., McPherson B. Our Health Counts Urban Aboriginal Health Databse Research Project – Community Report First Nations Adults and Children, City of Hamilton. Hamilton: De Dwa Da Dehs Ney>s Aboriginal Health Centre, 2011

Smylie J., Lofters A., Firestone M., O’Campo P. Population Based Data and Community Empowerment. In: Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change. O’Campo P, Dunn J (Eds.). New York: Springer, 2011

Smylie, J. Knowledge Translation and Indigenous Knowledge- A Decolonizing Perspective. In: Knowledge Translation in Community-Based Research and Social Policy Contexts. Banister, E. M., Leadbeater, B. J., & Marshall, A. (Eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011

Smylie J., Fell D., Ohlsson A., and the Joint Working Group on First Nations, Indian, Inuit, and Métis Infant Mortality of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System. A Review of Aboriginal infant mortality rates in Canada – Striking and persistent Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal Inequities. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2010; 101(2):143-48

Smylie J., Crengle S., Freemantle J., Taualii M. Indigenous Birth Outcomes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – an Overview. Open Journal of Women’s Health, 2010(4):7-17

Smylie, J., Sauve, R., Dzakpasu, S. Infant Health. In: What Mothers Say: The Canadian
Maternity Experiences Survey. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada, 2009

Smylie, J., Sauve, R. Sleep Position. In: What Mothers Say: The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada, 2009

Smylie, J., Adomako, P. Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action. Toronto: SMH, 2009

Smylie, J., Kaplan-Myrth, N., McShane, K., Métis Nation of Ontario – Ottawa Council, Pikwakanagan First Nation, Tungasuvvingat Inuit Family Resource Centre. “Indigenous Knowledge Translation: Baseline Findings in a Qualitative Study of the Pathways of Health Knowledge in Three Indigenous Communities in Canada” Journal of Health Promotion Practice 2009 Jul;10(3):436-46. Epub 2008 Feb 15

Smylie J. The Health of Aboriginal People. In: Social Determinant of Health – Canadian Perspectives. 2nd Edition. Rapheal D. (Ed). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2008