Lily Helmer-Smith

Fourth Year Student, BA Health Studies (Honours), School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I am a fourth-year Health Studies student with a strong passion for public health, health promotion, health advocacy. My interest in these fields is grounded in the declaration of health as a human right. I am particularly interested in the role that the physical and socio-cultural environment plays in relation to the health of populations and the health of individuals.

I became interested in working at the Centre for Environmental Health Equity, with Dr. Jeff Masuda, when I learned of the research and social advocacy campaign called The Right to Remain. This project examines housing rights and conditions in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As the quality and state of housing greatly impacts a person’s mental and physical health and safety, this project aims to challenge discriminatory, unsafe, and unjust property laws and practices in the area.

I look forward to working with, and learning from, Dr. Masuda and his team. I am excited to bring my passion for environmental health and health advocacy into my work at the Centre for Environmental Health Equity.