2015 Canadian Studies Center Advisory Board Members

  • Heather Howard, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • 355 Baker Hall
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-353-4600
  • howardh@msu.edu

Dr. Howard's research interests in health issues were initiated in relation to her broader long-term research since 1995 with Native people in Toronto, which examines the history and politics of "community production" within the mobilization and delineation of indigeneity, culture, tradition and identity in social service delivery and national organizing around urban Native issues. Her current research examines transformations in healthcare knowledge and practice in a variety of healthcare settings. She continues her research with the Toronto Native community on approaches to type 2 diabetes, and has developed new research on health reform policy and knowledge translation in clinical practice, arts and health, and environmental health. Her ongoing research with the Toronto Native community situates community-based programs in relation to the complex history of Toronto Native social service delivery, to shifting structures of culture and power, and to the interface with biomedical research and care delivery, including more recent collaborative models which promote the value of Indigenous knowledge frameworks to scholarship and research which is meaningful to the community.


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