Stephanie Sebastian

Stephanie joined the IFA team as a project officer in March 2019. She first realized her interest in health for older adults when she volunteered at a long-term care home during high school and helped execute activities that engaged the residents. Stephanie pursued her bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University in Public Health and Safety, where she learned about the social determinants of health and the importance of food safety and infection control in long term care facilities. Stephanie got the opportunity to apply these concepts during placements at the Thunder Bay District Public Health Unit and North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit as a Student Public Health Inspector. Part of her duties included inspecting long term care homes to protect the health of older adults.

Stephanie recently graduated from the Master of Public Health program at Queen’s University. Through her coursework, Stephanie honed her evidence-informed decision making skills and enhanced her knowledge in program planning, epidemiology and population health. As part of the program, Stephanie worked at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and assisted the Harm Reduction team with components of the Local Impact of Opioids situational assessment. Her role in identifying the health status of affected populations and existing health inequalities that influence opioid use assisted in developing relevant and effective community level actions.

Stephanie was the Webmaster & Social Media Director for the 18th Queen’s Health & Human Rights Conference (HHRC). The conference aims to provide students and community members with the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary conversations about health topics from a human rights perspective. She has also worked at the Heart & Stroke Foundation for the Jump Rope for Heart program, where she promoted heart health to schools across Peel Region. Her team worked tirelessly and raised over $500,000 for heart and stroke research.

Stephanie is both excited and eager to be part of the IFA, which gives her a platform to challenge behaviours that disrespect the voice and role of older people in society. Through this opportunity, she hopes to contribute her knowledge in program planning and health promotion for the health improvement of older adults across the world.

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