Max Rady College of Medicine
Department of Community Health Sciences
408 - 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5
Dr. Nickel is an applied population health scientist who uses administrative data to conduct policy-focused health outcomes research.
Specifically, Dr. Nickel’s research interests centre on examining how the social and structural determinants impact population health and health inequities.
Within this framework he has conducted evaluation research looking at programs aimed at improving child outcomes; mental health and addictions research examining outcomes associated with alcohol use disorders and methamphetamine use; and outcomes associated with interactions with provincial systems such as the justice and child welfare systems.
Much of his research is done in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations in Manitoba.
Dr. Nickel is an associate professor of community health sciences in the Max Rady College Of Medicine, director of the Manitoba Centre For Health Policy, co-director of the Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre, and associate editor of the International Breastfeeding Journal.
As a population health scientist, Dr. Nickel’s work focuses on generating evidence that can inform policy decision making.
He began his research career working with hospitals to implement and evaluate maternity practices to support health and well-being among mothers and their infants. Since then, he has worked with stakeholder groups and community to investigate maternal-child health outcomes associated with social programs as well as the social and structural determinants of health and well-being.
Through his partnerships, he has expanded his focus to examine how substance use and justice involvement intersect with the social and structural determinants and the subsequent impact on well-being.
Dr. Nickel has authored maternal-child health policy statements for the American Public Health Association, sat on pan-Canadian working groups focused on health equity, and produced evidence that was used to guide provincial decision making around treatment for people living with substance use.
Dr. Nickel volunteers at the local and national levels, sitting on boards for community health organizations and research groups, and scientific planning committees for professional organizations.
He currently teaches principles of epidemiology, an introductory course for graduate students; previously, he taught a course focused on quantitative methods for causal inference.
Dr. Nickel enjoys working with students. His graduate trainees have gained a broad range of experiences including working with decision makers, being part of peer-reviewed publications, and partaking in extra-curricular trainings and workshops. They regularly receive awards at the local and national levels for their research.
Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada