Dr. Notisha has been an enthusiastic advocate for advancements in women’s healthcare globally for more than three decades. She recently retired as the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre – the only Community Health Centre in North America, which provides specialized primary healthcare for Black and racialized women.
Through the work of WHIWH-CHC, she established the first community based mental health program and research program dedicated to the healthcare needs of Black and racialized women in Canada. Her research and numerous publications have focused on increased access to primary healthcare for Black communities in Canada, and she is a well-known expert on the collection of race-based data for health equity and social change with her work being utilized by the United Nations Social Development Forum, UNAIDS, and WHO. Her early career in social services helped establish several organizations and programs which served the emerging African communities in Canada, such as Africans in Partnership Against AIDS, The African Resource and Communications Centre, and the African Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario.
She has also served on the boards of many Toronto based organizations, including the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, The Association of Ontario Healthcare Centres, Sherbourne Health Centre, and Family Service Toronto. Dr. Notisha has been a lecturer for the faculties of social work at Dalhousie University, York University, and Ryerson University.
She holds a BA in Psychology from Western University, an MSW from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her partner, Film Director/Producer Alison Duke, and their daughter.