Notisha Massaquoi, Executive Director, Women's Health in Women's Hands, Toronto
When is a health center not just a health center? When it puts social justice at the center of wellness. Women's Health in Women's Hands (WHIWH), headed by author and social worker Notisha Massaquoi, is just such an organization. Dedicated to serving black women and women of color in the Toronto area -- and home to the only support group for HIV-positive black women in Ontario -- WHIWH doesn't just provide primary care, mental health and HIV/AIDS services and health promotion activities. It's been involved in numerous participatory research projects designed to gather scientific knowledge on the populations it serves, as well as facilitate meetings with policymakers, service providers and community members.Show More
In 2007, WHIWH co-produced The Woman I Have Become, a documentary film chronicling the lives of eight women of African and Caribbean descent living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. It has been used for education throughout Canada. The organization also serves on the governing council for the African Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS, a coalition of organizations committed to strengthening the HIV response among affected black communities.
Massaquoi herself writes and teaches about HIV/AIDS and black women of the Diaspora, access to primary health care for women of color, and health promotion strategies for people of color in Canada.