Meet the Team

Amoy Jacques

Nahomi Amberber

Lydia-Joi Marshall

Tiffany Niles-Queensborough

Nida Shah

Padmaja Sreeram

Amoy Jacques

Amoy Jacques successfully completed a Master of Public Health and graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Montana on May 12, 2018.   She has a sincere passion to improve the health, wellness and policies that support and protect women (particularly those of African descent) during their reproductive years.  She was fortunate to gain exceptional experience at two graduate internships in Los Angeles, California.  She worked as a public health intern with the Association of Wholistic and Maternal Newborn Health (AWMNH). Together with the executive director, they planned, implemented and evaluated the 2015 Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) conference to improve community-based doula care and midwifery services for minority group women.  As a graduate student at the Pasadena Public Health department, she worked with the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health director to develop evaluation tools for the Black Infant Health Program  to improve its effectiveness for future expectant black mothers.  Additionally, she has been invited as a guest speaker at local Afro-Caribbean events on various topics such as fibroid management, and restoration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Amoy currently works as a Registered Kinesiologist for over 10 years with Altum Health – University Health Network on the planning, implementation and evaluation of chronic disability management programs for injured workers.  Her skills in Health Promotion and Health Education will be a tremendous asset in the Public Health field.  A firm believer in being a change agent in her community, Amoy plans to conduct research focused on the nature and impact of reproductive diseases such as fibroids, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  The ultimate goal is to develop programs and policies that provide equitable, and effective quality care for racialized women.

Summary of Expertise:

  • Health Equity
  • Health Policy development
  • Program development & Evaluation
  • Project & Research Management
  • Program &Contract Administration
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Relations
  • Data Analysis & Management
  • Process Analysis & Improvement
  • Leadership and Team Building

Nahomi Amberber, MPH, Epidemiology

Nahomi Amberber (she/her) is a Black public health researcher that uses data to push forward conversations of justice and health equity. A graduate of the Master of Public Health – Epidemiology program at the University of Toronto, Nahomi is trained in a range of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She strives to bring her passion to all projects she works in, which have included those with the Wellesley Institute, The Centre for Active Transportation and BLM-TO’s Defund the Police campaign. Nahomi is deeply grateful to be a part of the WombCare project as a space to interrogate the facilitators and barriers to reproductive care for her community.

Lydia-Joi Marshall, MSc. Human Genetics, BSc. Biology

Lydia-Joi currently serves on the board of the Black Health Alliance, a not for profit organization which works tirelessly to reduce health disparities in diverse Black communities in Canada.  Academically she lends her expertise from her BSc. in Biology from Western University and MSc. in Human Genetics from Howard University.

Lydia-Joi consistently strives to bring awareness to issues of health inequity and to promote personalized patient care. This is exemplified in her advocacy in organ and tissue donation, both within the Black community to increase donor engagement, and in the broader Canadian context across the province. Her passion for health care has extended across various disciplines, serving as medical advisor in several contexts to create personalized culturally inclusive tools to support patients and caregivers address their physical, mental, and psychosocial needs.

Both in a professional and personal context Lydia-Joi brings her lived experience to advocate for policy change and to bring awareness to systemic anti-Black racism in order to change the landscape of health care for all Canadians.

Tiffany Niles-Queensborough, MHI BScN

Tiffany Niles-Queensborough is the lead Health Informatician for the Womb Health study. She is a Registered Nurse, BScN, with an executive Masters in Health Informatics (MHI) from the University of Toronto. With a passion for helping others gain health, Tiffany strongly believes that while the health journey is a personal experience it is more prosperous when empowered by the community.  She believes we all are our “brother’s keeper.” Tiffany desires to utilize her expertise to enable proactive strategies for holistic health promotion, support, maintenance and sustainability.

Tiffany’s clinical experience spans community home care, palliative care, clinical utilization and patient admitting within the chronic and rehabilitation healthcare sector. In addition, she has extensive experience as a Clinical Applications Specialist who worked within a large Information Management Services (IMS) department within the Sinai Health System (SHS).   Tiffany has expertise in electronic medical record (EMR) implementations and the management of health information systems (HIS). Tiffany was a member of the initial team that executed all aspects of the system development lifecycle towards the successful roll out of Bridgepoint’s EMR. She led projects and collaborated with various teams across all areas of the hospital including clinical inpatient and outpatient departments, business departments such as human resources, Organization Development and Education, and Finance. Tiffany also regularly engaged with senior clinical and business leadership as chair of the Clinical Informatics Committee (CIC) and a was a member of the Health Disciplines Advisory Committee (HDAC) and Nursing Advisory Council (NAC). . In 2018 and 2019, Tiffany was the health informatics lead for the successful implementation of eIVF, a specialized EMR software for fertility clinics, at Mount Sinai Fertility. She also led the change management strategy for the clinic.

In 2019 Tiffany founded Queensborough Health Informatics Solutions Incorporated with the vision to enable the development of healthy communities by leveraging technology.  With a focus on racialized and marginalized populations, Tiffany is passionate about the ethical use of technology to promote positive health outcomes.

Nida Shah, MBA, MPH

Nida Shah is the Implementation and Sustainability Lead at WombCare. In this role, she works with healthcare administrators across various levels of the health system to help design effective models of care for Black women with uterine fibroids and/or endometriosis. Working collaboratively with stakeholders ranging from community centres to hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area, Nida leads the integration of medical education, as well as clinical and virtual tools across the healthcare system. She is also responsible for leading the periodic sustainability assessment of these interventions.

Nida is passionate about public health policy, health services and systems research, and health equity. She holds a MBA/MPH from The University of Illinois-Chicago, specialized in Finance and Epidemiology, respectively.

Nida also works as a Clinical Research Project Manager at SickKids, where she manages projects anchored in transcending cancer survivorship-related research into healthcare or hospital policy. She has also spearheaded research efforts with various Principal Investigators at The UI Health System and Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Padmaja Sreeram BHSc, MD/MSc System Leadership and Innovation Candidate

Padmaja is the Research Analyst and Policy Lead for the Womb Health Study. In this role she performs literature reviews for grant proposals, assist in writing grant proposals, provide guidance on reproductive health clinical guidelines for future publication. She is also is a medical student at the University of Toronto, who is pursuing her graduate studies in the System Leadership and Innovation concentration of the MSc Health Policy program at IHPME. She is deeply invested in building an equitable health system by drawing from the intersections of critical theory, medicine, and health policy. Padmaja is particularly interested in eliminating reproductive medical violence, anti-Black racism in medicine, and building new frameworks for anti-oppressive medical practice.

While completing her BHSc at McMaster University with a specialization in Global Health, she conducted health systems research to support evidence-based policy decision-making by co-authoring rapid reviews for provincial stakeholders, and completing a policy internship at the NSW Ministry of Health in Sydney, Australia. She also co-designed an undergraduate course on sex and gender as determinants of health, and led an intersectional feminist student organization aimed to support and advocate for survivors of gender-based violence, and gender-oppressed students.

Padmaja continues to lead several advocacy initiatives in medical school, including driving curricular reform to train future physicians in critical reflexivity. She also has experience studying racial disparities in maternal mortality in high-income countries, and working as a health equity consultant on COVID-19 critical care triage planning.”