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Seminar – A CommunityFirst Approach to Humanitarian Responses

25 May 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation explores an approach that aims to co-design solutions with communities that leverage their agency and resources before, during, and after a humanitarian health crisis. 

Based on work with communities across Canada, Latin America, and Africa, Megan Corbett-Thompson will discuss a range of case studies on community ownership of health and environmental crisis response. The presentation will examine this framework and its adaptive responses to crises where the most vulnerabilized groups are the drivers of change.

Megan Corbett-Thompson is a project coordinator with SeeChange Initiative. She has worked in the humanitarian field in Latin America, focusing on human rights work, migration, and environmental health promotion. Megan holds a BSc in environment, ecological determinants of health from McGill University and completed academic exchanges at the University of British Columbia. She is a research fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University and has previously carried out research with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.