Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences Global Health
Innovations for Community Resilience, Equity and Advocacy (I-CREAte)
Staff Physician; Director of Global Health/Health Equity program
Clinical care including intrapartum obstetrics. Global health/Health equity program including curriculum, partnerships and programming. Research including research curriculum for Family Medicine residents.
Doctorate of Medicine from Universite de Montreal; CCFP from Queen’s University; MPH from Johns Hopkins University
Global health and health equity. International health of “Last Mile” populations. Health of equity-seeking groups within Canada. Trauma-informed care and Equity-Oriented Care as health interventions. Family Medicine and Family Medicine Obstetrics.
Adverse childhood experiences and their impact on adult health and healthcare utilization. Trauma-Informed Care and Equity-Oriented Health Care as interventions in primary care and other areas of the healthcare system. Improving health outcomes for marginalized populations in Canada and abroad. Health policy. International health of vulnerable populations with focus on Last Mile populations.
Dr. Purkey has worked in family practice in a small northern community and in Kingston Community Health Centres prior to coming to Queen’s. She has worked in refugee communities on the Thai-Burmese border providing clinical care and education around women’s health and human rights as well as research capacity building for community-based healthcare organization. She has also worked briefly in Inuit communities in Quebec and Nunavut. She is passionate about working with people experiencing structural violence, and about examining and advocating to change the structures that inflict this violence including those within the healthcare system. She has completed an MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a specialization in Global Health.