• Portrait of Josee Lavoie
  • Professor and Director of Ongomiizwin Research Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room 715, JBRC -727 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5

    Phone: 204-318-2560

Research summary

Dr. Lavoie’s program of research is uniquely positioned, innovative and conducted in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and other Indigenous groups across Canada, in Alaska, Norway, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand and circumpolar countries.

She has mixed method expertise in public administration, qualitative and health service research (health administrative data). Her research focuses on improved access to primary (ie outpatient) healthcare for underserved and marginalized populations, in rural, remote and inner-city environments; and on shifting health policy. Her program of research demonstrates leadership in engaged scholarship.

Research interests

  • Indigenous health
  • equity
  • anti-Indigenous racism
  • health systems and policy research
  • primary healthcare
  • international comparative health policy
  • circumpolar health
  • Indigenous knowledge systems


Dr. Lavoie is a professor in community health sciences at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She is also director of Ongomiizwin Research Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.

Dr. Lavoie's program of research is located at the interface between policy and Indigenous health services, with a focus on contracting, accountability and responsiveness. She is particularly interested in how western and Indigenous knowledge systems interface in the provision of health services in Indigenous communities. She maintains on-going partnerships with the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and with the Manitoba Inuit Association. She is actively engaged in collaborations in Australia and New Zealand, and in Circumpolar countries.


  • PhD (health policy and financing), London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2005)
  • Master of arts (medical anthropology), McGill University (1993)
  • Bachelor of sciences (Dietetics and Nutrition), McGill University (1986)


  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2022)
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Nominated, College of Medicine, Teacher Recognition & MMSA Award (2020)
  • Fulbright scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative (2018-19)

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada