Dr. Jae Ford (they/them/theirs; nekm) is mixed Mi’kmaw and British settler from Ktaqmkuk (the island of Newfoundland) and a trans nonbinary and Indigiqueer/Two-Spirit third-year resident in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Their interests and experiences are focused on structural and systemic inequities and their impacts on health equity, health promotion, and access to safe and affirming care for marginalized communities, including Two-Spirit, Indigenous, and queer/trans communities.
Dr. Ford’s interests in advocacy, equity, and medical education drive their involvement in several activities. They are currently an advisory member for the development of the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity’s Gender and Sex in Methods and Measures Research Equity Toolkit and a member of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab. Additionally, they are a Coach for the Portfolio curriculum and a Respectful Learning Environment Workshop facilitator in the undergraduate medical education program at UBC, a Mentor in UBC’s Peer Mentors in Medical Education and OUTreach 2SLGBTQIA+ in Medicine, and a Peer Facilitator for Qmunity’s peer support group Transgathering. They co-founded the Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Interest Group at their school to supplement and complement the curriculum lacking in gender and sexual minority health and representation. Throughout most of their post-secondary training, they were involved with Planned Parenthood – Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre as a front-line volunteer, a program coordinator, a committee member, and a director.
Dr. Ford received their Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics and Doctor of Medicine degree from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. They have started their residency training at UBC in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. As part of their residency training, they have completed a Master of Public Health through the School and Population and Public Health at UBC.