Dr. Melanie Henry is a black (South African and Jamaican), cisgender female who grew up in Newmarket, Ontario.
Dr. Henry is the Vice-Chair of Community and Partnerships in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a staff physician at Oak Valley Health, Markham-Stouffville site, and a family physician at the community-based clinic of Health for All. In her community clinic, she previously held the positions of board chair, and director of the Global Health program through the teaching unit. She currently works as a physician at Blue Door Shelter and provides physician support through the Community Paramedic Outreach Response Team (CPORT) program.
Dr. Melanie Henry received her undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick, Renaissance College in Interdisciplinary Leadership, where she studied public policy and leadership through participatory action research. She received her MD from McMaster University and completed her postgraduate training and a fellowship in Global Health and Vulnerable Populations at the University of Toronto. Despite educational, and professional travel experiences in northern Canada and internationally, Dr. Henry returned to practice in York Region, striving to address the health inequities in the community in which she grew up. Dr. Henry is working toward improving the health equity curriculum for family medicine residents in order to encourage empathetic and social justice-minded physicians. She is passionate about systemically improving health inequities through community engagement and partnerships.