A unique and innovative collection, Critical Perspectives in Public Health Feminisms gives space to chronically underrepresented voices in public health through engaging with Public Health Feminisms (PHF). PHF describes a technique of analysis that attends gender and intersections of race, class, sexuality, age, and ability in public health.
Including the perspectives of Black, Indigenous, women of colour, refugee, immigrant, (dis)abled, neurodivergent, two-spirit, non-binary, trans and/or gender diverse scholars, this text aims to fill a gap in public health scholarship and practice. Through a social justice approach, it critically addresses how public health services, policies, and programming are unable to protect and promote the health of all Canadians due to their lack of representation and inclusivity from inception to execution.
This accessible and thought-provoking volume is essential for upper-year undergraduate and graduate students across all areas in public health and gender and health studies. It provides analytical, theoretical, and methodological tools to inform work in public health services, policies, and programming through a PHF lens.
Cover Art by Matsuko Friedland
Contributing Authors Chapter 1 Public Health Feminisms: An Introduction Renée Monchalin Chapter 2 A Really Good Brown Nurse Leanne Poitras Kelly Chapter 3 Exploring Gender Equality and Equity in Canadian Global Health Institutions Michelle Amri, Bianca Carducci, Katrina M. Plamondon, Muriel Mac-Seing, Jeannie Shoveller, and Erica Di Ruggiero Chapter 4 Stuck in a High Wire Act: Ways of Understanding Immigrant Women’s Mental Health Beyond Biomedicine Nicola Gailits, Denise Gastaldo, Izumi Sakamoto, Celeste Bilbao-Joseph, Giselle Vazquez, and Lori Ross Chapter 5 Spurring the Witch Hunt: Abortion, Colonialism, Stigma, and Indigenous Knowledges in Canada Arie Ross Chapter 6 Deconstructing Ableism in Healthcare Maren B. Akyürek and Natalie Frandsen Chapter 7 Queer Perspectives on Obstetric and Gynecological Violence: Centring Those at the Margins to Capture the Intersectional Effects of the Phenomenon Mylène Shankland and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault Chapter 8 Black Feminism in Critical Public Health Research, Policy, and Programming: Theory and Practice for Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Black Women Tola Mbulaheni, Falan Bennett, Fiqir Worku, Nakia Lee-Foon, and Kimberly Robinson Chapter 9 Taking a Reproductive Justice Lens in Public Health Policy: A Case Study on Family Law for LGBTQ2S+ Parents and Families Michelle Tam and Lori Ross Chapter 10 Strangers in Our Homeland: The Impact of Racism Across Healthcare Policy and Delivery for Indigenous Peoples in Canada Mikaela D. Gabriel Chapter 11 The Critical Importance of Addressing the Gender and Racial Inequities in the Public Health System Christina Salmon and Andrea Tricco Chapter 12 Reclamation of Matriarchy and Kinship Systems Miranda Lesperance Chapter 13 Engendering a Feminist Ethic of Care to Training a New Generation of Public Health Researchers: Reflecting on 4theRecord Sarah Flicker, Nadha Hassen, Jessica Fields, and 4theRecord Research Team, with Amanda Galusha, Anjalee Srinivasan, Caitlin Arizala, Emily Sutton, Jessica J. Mencia, Julia Ferguson, Kethmi Egodage, Kezia Arinka, Nadia Bevan, Reece Rabanal, Seventy Hall, Vaishnavy Puvipalan and Zarin Tasnim Chapter 14 Chronicles of Public Health Doctoral Students: Overcoming the Ivory Tower through a Revolution of “Self-Care” for a Better Future Corey McAuliffe, Ifrah Abdillahi, Karima Joy, Astrid Escrig-Pinol, Apondi Odhiambo, and Renée Monchalin Chapter 15 Public Health Feminism and Housing: Status Quo or Transformational? Melissa Perri and Patricia O’Campo Chapter 16 Public Health Feminist Futures and Moving Forward Renée Monchalin
Renée Monchalin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria and a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar. Renée is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Well Living House, situated within the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor (Status Only) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Born and raised in Fort Erie, Ontario, Renée is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario from the historic community of Sault Ste. Marie.
“Essential for teaching students and researchers how public health in Canada is embedded within patriarchal and colonial ways of knowing and doing, and for offering ways to integrate a decolonial and feminist praxis for more equitable public health.”
—Fiona Green, Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg
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