Joanna Anneke Rummens, PhD
The Hospital for Sick Children
Health Systems Research Scientist
Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit
Child Health Evaluative Sciences
University of Toronto
Child and Youth Mental Health, and Equity, Gender & Population
University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University
CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre
Senior Scholar and Former Director
Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)
Honorary Fellow and Former Director
Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext 201986
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Multiple Diversities, Diverse Realities: Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth, Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens
Collaborative for Professional Practice Knowledge Exchange Forum, Nursing, Hospital for Sick Children
Multiple Diversities, Diverse Realities: Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth, Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens
Dr. Rummens is an internationally recognized expert in both immigrant and refugee health and knowledge transfer governance. Her program of integrated research and knowledge exchange explores the links between multiple child/youth identities, mental health and well-being, and associated life outcomes. She undertakes strategic policy-practice relevant research on pressing issues in child health aimed at ensuring more optimal outcomes for diverse marginalized, disadvantaged, vulnerable, often ‘invisible’ children and youth including from immigrant/refugee/migrant newcomer communities, ethno-racial and mixed heritage backgrounds, or living in challenging contexts. Her research is interdisciplinary, mixed-methodological, and cross-sectoral, and involves national and international collaborative partnerships across Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. An anthropologist and sociologist by training, working for two decades in the field of transcultural psychiatry, she is multilingual, speaking Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Greek.
Dr. Rummens’ work reflects a passionate commitment to: i) strategic policy-practice-policy relevant research that addresses pressing needs and knowledge gaps in order to improve child health outcomes by optimizing systems of care; ii) true partnerships that link researchers, health professionals, service providers, community members, decision makers; iii) effective knowledge transfer, exchange, translation, uptake, implementation across a broad range of stakeholders; iv) sustainable knowledge transfer networks and governance structures. She is active in several knowledge exchange networks, and serves in an advisory capacity in the areas of identity/diversity, citizenship/social inclusion, immigration/resettlement/ integration, education, and health care to various governmental departments and ministries at the local, municipal, provincial, federal, and international level.
Dr. Rummens has received $16.1M in research funding to-date, $9.0M as a Principal Investigator. She has 83 professional publications to-date, 22 by invitation. She has given 182 presentations, 126 by invitation, 27 internationally, 126 at the national level, and also provided 39 expert consultations by request to 31 different organizations. Dr. Rummens is regularly invited to speak to diverse academic, scientific, practitioner, policy and community audiences, and has hosted, organized or chaired numerous knowledge exchange conferences, symposia, workshops, seminars, talks and special events.
- health, mental health/wellbeing, and life outcomes of diverse children and youth
- mental health and wellbeing of marginalized, disadvantaged or vulnerable populations
- social, cultural, political, economic determinants of health
- access and barriers to health care and health status
- health care systems, service provision, costs of care
- cross-culturally competent health care delivery
- international, contextual, comparative health research
- qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; mixed methods
- integrated research and knowledge transfer
Research Program - Child/Youth Identities and Health Outcomes
- health service delivery, system responses, costs for uninsured or partially insured populations
- health care access, health status, outcomes for partially insured, uninsured or undocumented immigrant/refugee/migrant children and youth, pregnant women, adults and communities
- health care provider knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, practices regarding access to care for uninsured or partially insured clients
- health, mental health and wellbeing of immigrant/refugee/migrant children and youth
- impacts of war-trauma on newcomer children and youth
- cultural meanings of distress within war-affected diaspora communitiescultural meanings of health and illness, pathways to healing
- socio- pathways and barriers to culturally competent health care for ethno-cultural communities
- identity formation, construction and negotiation among newcomer children/youth
- identify development among children/youth of mixed ethno-cultural heritage
- child/youth health, developmental, and educational trajectories across diverse populations
Knowledge Transfer Governance - Child Health Systems
- Executive Director and founding lead of IMPAKT – The Ontario Institute for Child and Youth Success initiated by and based at The Hospital for Sick Children in partnership with Ryerson University. IMPAKT undertakes strategic knowledge creation, evaluation, synthesis, transfer and exchange among researchers, health professionals, care providers, social service providers, educators and decision makers in order to ensure more optimal outcomes for our diverse marginalized children and youth. The Institute focuses focus on policy and practice relevant research; knowledge translation and exchange; ongoing professional education as well as the teaching, training and mentoring of the next cohorts of health and child care professionals, 2011 to present.
- Principal Investigator, The Ontario Metropolis Centre – A Renewed Research Agenda on Migration, Diversity and Civic Participation: Prioritization – Synthesis – Transfer – Impact, a research centre focused on diversity, immigration, settlement and social inclusion that linked more than 400 researchers and over 1000 community-based organizations with knowledge users and decision makers at the municipal, provincial and federal level, 2007-2012 www.ceris.metropolis.net www.ceris.ca
Contributions to Clinical Care - Access to Health Care and Service Provision
- Review Team, World Health Organization Health Equity Standards, Pilot Test - SickKids
- Implementation Committee, International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services’ Task Force on Migrant-Friendly and Culturally Competent Health Care - SickKids
- Uninsured Clients Steering and Project Committees, SickKids
- Task Force Response to Pending Interim Federal Health Program Changes, SickKids
- Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee, New Immigrant Support Network, SickKids
- Improving Access to Information about Health Resources and Services Toronto Central LHIN Work Group, Toronto Central LHIN Children and Youth Advisory Table
- Identification of Access Issues, Data Gaps, Impediments in Sectors to Servicing Non-Insured Clients, Work Group, Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Non-Insured Initiative
Contributions to Inter-Professional Development and Medical Education - Building Capacity
- mentorship, teaching, training, supervision in research and knowledge transfer to peer researchers, university faculty, medical professionals, medical residents, medical students, international fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, placement students, policy makers, community-based researchers, research staff and administrative personnel
- academic curricula, graduate supervision, examination in the medical, health and social sciences
- innovations in knowledge transfer, networks and institutional governance
Current Research Projects
2013-2017 Accessibility and Costs of Healthcare for Refugee Claimants Following Changes to the Interim Federal Health Programme. PIs: Rousseau, C., Rummens, J.A., Glazier, R., Greenaway, C.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
2014-2017 Mobilizing Knowledge: Partners for Social Inclusion for Children with Disabilities. PIs: Koller, D., Rummens, J.A.
2013-2016 Sustaining Recovery: Supporting the Transition from Specialized Services to Primary-based Care for At-Risk Youth Who Have Experienced Early Psychosis. PIs: McCay, E., Romano D.
2014-2015 Patient Disclosure of Adverse Events in Paediatrics: Synthesis of Literature and Research Priorities. PIs: Koller, D., Rummens, J.A.
2013-2015 Child Perspectives on Disclosure of Adverse Events: A Pilot Study. PIs: Koller, D., Rummens, J.A.
Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
2012-2015 Marginalized Youth and Equity in Public Education: A Pilot Study. PI: Tilleczek, K.
SSHRC Research Grant
2012-2015 Immigration, Hybridity and Social Integration, Obra social La Caiza-Recercaixa, La Caixz-Spain.
Large-Scale Research Collaborations
2015-2021 Co-Investigator, Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas (RCYP). SSHRC Partnership Grant. Principal Investigator: Parada, H. $2.5M
2014-2017 Co-Principal Investigator Ontario/ Principal Applicant, Accessibility and Access to Health Care for Refugee Claimants Following Changes to the Interim Federal Health Programme, an interprovincial examination of the impact of a federal policy change to healthcare coverage for refugees and refugee claimants on: access to care, health status and outcomes; knowledge, attitudes and practices of health providers; health care costs and system service delivery. Involves 18 hospitals, 29 community health centres, special health clinics, medial professional associations, community agencies, municipal health departments, and provincial health ministries,
2009-2014 Co-Principal Investigator, Migratory Status of the Child and Access to Health Care: Equity and Ethical Challenges, a comparative mixed methodological study of limited access to health care of uninsured and undocumented newcomer children and pregnant women living with precarious status in Ontario and Quebec
2001-2009 Co-Principal Investigator, Principal Applicant/Toronto Principal Investigator, New Canadian Children and Youth Study (NCCYS), a two-wave longitudinal health survey of 4,200 immigrant & refugee children representing seventeen ethno-cultural communities living in six cities involving 40 researchers, numerous newcomer organizations across Canada.
- Invited Expert Affiant, Federal Court and Court of Appeal, Canada (2013 to present)
- Recipient, Certificate of Recognition in Appreciation of Valuable Contribution to Clinical Education, The Hospital for Sick Children, (2014)
- Profiled Scientist: Knowledge Translation in Action, The Hospital for Sick Children (2014)
- Identified Thought Leader, The Hospital for Sick Children (2013)
- Federal Appointment, Technical Advisory Committee, Ethnic Diversity Survey, Statistics Canada and Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada (2000-2003)
- Junior Academic Fellow, Trinity College, University of Toronto
- Top Rhodes Scholarship Candidate Saskatchewan - Regional Level Prairies
- Symposium Organizer and Co-Chair, Seeking Solutions Symposium - Access to Health Care for the Uninsured in Canada: Collecting Information and Sharing Strategies Uninsured Children, Youth and Pregnant Women, Toronto 2012
- International Symposium Host. Multiple Diversities: Child/Youth Identities and Life Outcomes. CHSRG Collaborative Symposia Series, sponsored by The Hospital for Sick Children, Mars Discovery District, Toronto, 2009
Select Scientific Publications
Hyman, I., Gucciari, E., Patychuk, D., Rummens, J.A., Shakya, Y., Kljujic, D., Bhamani, M., and Boqaileh, F. (2014). Self-Management, Health Service Use and Information Seeking for Diabetes Care among Black Caribbean Immigrants in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 38(1):32-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.08.267.
Rousseau, C., Laurin-Lamothe, A., Rummens J.A., Meloni, F., Steinmetz, N. and Alvarez, F. (2013). Precarious Immigration Status Children at Canadian Paediatric Emergencies: Disparities in Help-Seeking Pathways and Service Delivery. Pediatrics and Child Health, 18( 9): 465-469.
Pandalangat, N, Rummens, J.A., Williams, C. and Seeman, M. (2013). Socio-Cultural Perspectives of Health and Illness in the Toronto Sri Lankan Tamil Community. Journal of Preventive Medicine. 1(3), pp 36-42.
Wilson-Mitchell & Rummens, J.A. (2013). Perinatal Outcomes of Uninsured Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Mothers and Newborns Living in Toronto. Special Issue on Migrant Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(6): 2198-2213. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10062198.
Hyman, I., Patychuk, D., Zaidi, Q., Kljujic, D., Shakya, Y., Rummens, J.A., Creatore, M., and Vissandjee, B. (2012). Self-Management Practices and the Use of Health Services Among Recent Immigrants with Type 2 Diabetes in Toronto. Chronic Diseases in Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, (33):1, 12-18. PMID: 23294917
Oxman-Martinez, J. Rummens, J.A. , Moreau, J., Beiser, M., Armstrong, R., Ogilvie, L., & Choi, Y.R. (2012). Examining the Impact of Perceived Ethnic Discrimination and Social Exclusion on Newcomer Visible Minority Immigrant Children’s Academic Performance and Psychosocial Functioning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 376-388. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01161.x.
Ruiz-Casares, M., Rousseau, C., Laurin-Lamothe, A. Rummens, J.A. Zelcowitz, P., Crépeau, F. & Nicolas Steinmetz, N. (2011). Access to Health Care for Uninsured Migrant Children and Pregnant Women: The Paradox between Values and Attitudes of Health Care Professional. Child and Maternal Health,15(1).
Hamilton, H., Marshall, L., Rummens, J.A., Fenta, H. and Simich, L. (2010). Immigrant Parents’ Perceptions of School Environment and Children’s Mental Health and Behaviour. Journal of School Health, (81) 6, 313-319. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00596.x.
Rummens, J.A. and George J. Sefa Dei. (2010). Including the Excluded: De-Marginalizing Immigrant/Refugee and Racialized Students. Marginalized Youth: A Tranquil Invitation to a Rebellious Celebration, Education Canada, (50) 48-53.
Beiser, M., Hamilton, H., Rummens, J.A., Oxman-Martinez, J., Ogilvie, L., Armstrong, R., Humphrey, C. (2010). Determinants of Emotional Disorder and Physical Aggression among Hong Kong Chinese, Mainland Chinese and Filipino Children of Immigrants to Canada. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. (45)10, 1011-1021. doi: 10.1007/s00127-009-0140-3.
Simich, L., Andermann, L., Rummens, J.A., and Ted, L. (2008). Post- Disaster Mental Distress Relief: Health Promotion and Knowledge Exchange in Partnership with a Refugee Diaspora Community. Refuge, (25)1, 44-54.
Rummens, J. A. Identity and Diversity: Overlaps, Intersections and Processes. (2003). Canadian Ethnic Studies. Special Issue: Intersections of Diversity, (35), 3, 10-25.
Rummens, J.A. Ethnic Ancestry, Culture, Identity and Health: Using Ethnic Origin Data from the 2001 Canadian Census. (2003). Canadian Ethnic Studies, (XXXV), 1, 84-112.
Beiser, M., Noh, S., Kaspar, V., Hou, F., and Rummens, J.A. (2001). Southeast Asian Refugees’ Perceptions of Racial Discrimination in Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies, (XXXIII) 1, 46-70.
Noh, S., Morton B., Kaspar, V., Hou, F., and Rummens, J.A. (1999). Perceived Racial Discrimination, Depression and Coping: A Study of Southeast Asian Refugees in Canada. Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, (40),3,193-207.
Select Invited Publications
Rummens, J.A. and Sefa Dei, G. J. (2013). Addressing Marginalization Inside Education: Racialized, Immigrant and Aboriginal Youth. In Tillezcek, K. and Ferguson, B.H. (eds), Youth, Education, and Marginality: Local and Global Expressions (115 – 134). SickKids Community and Mental Health Series. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier Press.
Rummens, J.A. Creating Spaces: Linking Migration Research with Policy Practice Needs (2012). In Rodriguez-Garcia, D. (ed.), Managing Diversity and Immigration in Canada. A Transatlantic Dialogue in the New Age of Migration. (357-379). Montreal and Kingston: McGill–Queens University Press, Queen's Policy Studies Series, #74.
Rummens, J.A., Hamilton, H. & Li. S. (2009). Chapter 7: Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth within the Greater Toronto Area. In Looking to the Future: Measuring Child and Youth Well-Being in Ontario – A Profile of Ontario’s Children and Youth. (226-268). Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Rummens, J.A. (2007). Integration Outcomes among Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth in Canada: An Analytic Review of Research Findings. Strategic Research and Policy Branch, Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Simich, L., Rummens, J.A., and Beiser M. (2006). Expanding Established Knowledge Translation Networks to Respond to a Community in Distress. CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Evidence in Action, Acting on Evidence: A Casebook of Health Services and Policy Research Knowledge Translation Stories.
Rummens, J.A. (2004). Operationalizing Race and its Related Grounds in Ontario Human Rights Policy. Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne (3)3, 7-10.
Rummens, J.A. (2004). Operationalizing Diversity Intersections: Race and its Related Grounds in Human Rights Policy. Policy Dialogue on Racial Discrimination, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Toronto.
Rummens, J.A. (2004). Intersectionality. Introduction to Special Journal Issue. Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne, 3-4.
Rummens, J.A. (2004). Overlapping and Intersecting Identities. Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne. 5-9.
Rummens, J.A. (2004). Strengthening Canada’s Social Weave: Diversity, Identity and Belonging. Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne. (3)2, 39-42.
Rummens, J.A. (2003). deConstruction of Ethnic and Racial Identities in The Canadian and US Censuses. CARS – Canadian American Research Symposium, (1)1, 46-8.
Rummens, J.A. (2003). Ethnicity, Health and the Census: Moving Beyond ‘Culture-by-Proxy.’ Canadian Diversity Diversitė Canadienne. (2)2, 15-18.
Rummens, J.A. (2003). Transcending Diversity: Envisioning Shared Citizenship. Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne, (1)1, 77-78.
Rummens, J.A. (2002). Redefining the Canadian Demos: Towards a Transcultural Citizenship Charter. Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens. Special Edition: 30 years of Multiculturalism, 15-18.
Rummens, J.A. (2001). Addressing the Canadian Context: Identity Research Gaps and Policy Recommendations. Conference Proceedings, Policy-Research Seminar on Ethnocultural, Racial, Religious and Linguistic Diversity and Identity, Halifax, November 1-2. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage - Multiculturalism.
Rummens, J.A., Boydell, K. and Goldberg, M. (2013). Children and Youth in Durham: A Community Demographics and Health Equity Profile, Regional Municipality of Durham: Towards Responsive Mental Health and Addiction Service Provision. Centre for Addition and Mental Health, Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives.
Rummens, J.A., Boydell, K. and Goldberg, M. (2013). Children and Youth in Peel: A Community Demographics and Health Equity Profile, Regional Municipality of Peel: Towards Responsive Mental Health and Addiction Service Provision. Centre for Addition and Mental Health, Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives,
Boydell, K., Rummens, J.A., Shapiro, G. and Hodgins, M. (2013). Needs Validation Synthesis Report, Regional Municipality of Durham: Addressing Child/Youth Mental Health and Addictions - Complex Needs, Transition Points and Sectoral Integration. Centre for Addition and Mental Health, Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives,
Boydell, K., Rummens, J.A., Shapiro, G. and Hodgins, M. (2013). Needs Validation Synthesis Report, Regional Municipality of Peel: Addressing Child/Youth Mental Health and Addictions - Complex Needs, Transition Points and Sectoral Integration. Centre for Addition and Mental Health, Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives,
Rummens, J.A. (invited) (2012). “Creating Spaces: Linking Migration Research with Policy Practice Needs.” In Rodriguez-Garcia, D. (ed.), Managing Diversity and Immigration in Canada. A Transatlantic Dialogue in the New Age of Migration ( 357-379). Montreal and Kingston: McGill–Queens University Press, Queen's Policy Studies Series, #74.
Rummens, J.A., Hamilton, H. & Li. S. (invited) (2009). “Chapter 7: Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth within the Greater Toronto Area.” In Looking to the Future: Measuring Child and Youth Well-Being in Ontario – A Profile of Ontario’s Children and Youth (226-268). Internal government report prepared by the Canadian Council on Learning for the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services as a collaborative initiative across ten provincial ministries.
Rummens, J.A. (invited) (2007). “Integration Outcomes Among Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth in Canada: An Analytic Review of Research Findings.” Strategic Research and Policy Branch, Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Simich, L., Rummens, J.A., and Morton B. (selected contribution) (2006). “Expanding Established Knowledge Translation Networks to Respond to a Community in Distress.” CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Evidence in Action, Acting on Evidence: A Casebook of Health Services and Policy Research Knowledge Translation Stories / Agir et réagir face aux données probantes: Recueil de cas d’application des connaissances relatives à la recherche sur les services et les politiques de la santé. Ottawa: Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Rummens, J.A. (invited) (2004). “Operationalizing Diversity Intersections: Race and its Related Grounds in Human Rights Policy.” Policy Dialogue on Racial Discrimination, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Toronto.
Rummens, J.A. (invited) (2001). “Addressing the Canadian Context: Identity Research Gaps and Policy Recommendations.” Conference Proceedings, Policy-Research Seminar on Ethnocultural, Racial, Religious and Linguistic Diversity and Identity, Halifax, November 1-2. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism).