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Ariel Root

Public Health Youth Facilitator, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Degree Year Conferred
PhD: Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University Ongoing
MSc: Health: Science, Technology, & Policy, Carleton University 2016
BSc: Food Science and Nutrition, Carleton University 2013
Employer Position Starting Year
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) Public Health Youth Facilitator 2018
A typical day at work looks like…
When I’m in the SLFNHA office, I support youth workers in 31 remote/rural First Nations communities across northwestern Ontario. I am responsible for finding or hostingĀ  training sessions, conferences, or workshops. When invited, I travel to communities to co-host events or workshops for youth. I work in coordination with the regional First Nations schools.

This complements my dissertation well, which is investigating how different levels of government (federal, provincial, regional, and community) engage youth in mental health program development. On the side, I also help coordinate local research for an indoor air quality study with CHEO, Health Canada, and Carleton University.

My future goals are…
To continue to work with a supportive team, in a an inspiring environment.

I’ve worked in different cities, for different organizations. And while I have shorter-term work goals, or longer-term personal goals, I aspire to continue to challenge my brain to think critically, and apply my knowledge to positions that support creativity.

My degree has helped me get to where I am today by…
I actually was inspired to take more health policy courses during my MSc after taking the regulations class in 4th year of Food Science. It was both maddening and enlightening to learn more about how food policy is influenced by multiple stakeholders.
In 4th year, I also opted to take the paper-based thesis project (over the lab-based one), and never regretted that decision. I learned a lot about literature reviews, reading peer-reviewed, and writing at a higher level. Those skills have definitely helped me navigate post-grad studies, as well as proposal- and grant-writing projects in my job.
My advice for current students is…
Keep going, and remember that this is YOUR degree. Remember why you started this degree, and make sure that you take away something from every course.

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