Michelle Firestone

PhD

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Biography

Dr. Michelle Firestone is a Scientist at the Well Living House in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions (C-UHS) of St. Michael’s Hospital.  She received her doctoral degree from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael’s.  Dr. Firestone is also an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Through her doctoral and post-doctoral work, Dr. Firestone has been involved in innovative teaching and research on the social determinants of health, applying interdisciplinary community-based approaches to Indigenous health research and knowledge translation.  As the Assistant Director of the Well Living House, she has developed strong collaborative relationships with Indigenous community partners and has played an important role in the mentorship of an interdisciplinary Indigenous health research team.  Building on her training at C-UHS and the Well Living House, Dr. Firestone’s research program focuses on unmasking inequities and developing and implementing culturally validated tools to identify, measure and evaluate best practices in mental health, substance use, healing and well-being in diverse Indigenous populations.

Recent Publications

  1. Beckett, M, Firestone, MA, McKnight, CD, Smylie, J, Rotondi, MA. A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between diabetes and health access barriers in an urban First Nations population in Canada. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (1):e018272. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018272. PubMed PMID:29358430 PubMed Central PMC5781064.
  2. Rotondi, MA, O'Campo, P, O'Brien, K, Firestone, M, Wolfe, SH, Bourgeois, C et al.. Our Health Counts Toronto: using respondent-driven sampling to unmask census undercounts of an urban indigenous population in Toronto, Canada. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (12):e018936. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018936. PubMed PMID:29282272 PubMed Central PMC5770955.
  3. Morton Ninomiya, ME, Atkinson, D, Brascoupé, S, Firestone, M, Robinson, N, Reading, J et al.. Effective knowledge translation approaches and practices in Indigenous health research: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):34. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0430-x. PubMed PMID:28219446 PubMed Central PMC5319191.
  4. Russell, C, Firestone, M, Kelly, L, Mushquash, C, Fischer, B. Prescription opioid prescribing, use/misuse, harms and treatment among Aboriginal people in Canada: a narrative review of available data and indicators. Rural Remote Health. ;16 (4):3974. . PubMed PMID:27871180 .
  5. Smylie, J, Firestone, M. Back to the basics: Identifying and addressing underlying challenges in achieving high quality and relevant health statistics for indigenous populations in Canada. Stat J IAOS. ;31 (1):67-87. doi: 10.3233/SJI-150864. PubMed PMID:26793283 PubMed Central PMC4716822.
  6. Minichiello, A, Lefkowitz, AR, Firestone, M, Smylie, JK, Schwartz, R. Effective strategies to reduce commercial tobacco use in Indigenous communities globally: A systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2016;16 :21. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2645-x. PubMed PMID:26754922 PubMed Central PMC4710008.
  7. Smylie, J, Kirst, M, McShane, K, Firestone, M, Wolfe, S, O'Campo, P et al.. Understanding the role of Indigenous community participation in Indigenous prenatal and infant-toddler health promotion programs in Canada: A realist review. Soc Sci Med. 2016;150 :128-43. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.12.019. PubMed PMID:26745867 .
  8. Firestone, M, Smylie, J, Maracle, S, McKnight, C, Spiller, M, O'Campo, P et al.. Mental health and substance use in an urban First Nations population in Hamilton, Ontario. Can J Public Health. 2015;106 (6):e375-81. . PubMed PMID:26680428 .
  9. Dell, EM, Firestone, M, Smylie, J, Vaillancourt, S. Cultural Safety and Providing Care to Aboriginal patients in the Emergency Department. CJEM. 2016;18 (4):301-5. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.100. PubMed PMID:26565079 .
  10. Firestone, M, Tyndall, M, Fischer, B. Substance Use and Related Harms among Aboriginal People in Canada: A Comprehensive Review. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015;26 (4):1110-31. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2015.0108. PubMed PMID:26548667 .
Search PubMed

Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
X