Rae Jewett

Rae Jewett (he/him)

Course Instructor - GGR322H5S, PhD Candidate Dr. Kathi Wilson, supervisor
Email:
rae.jewett@mail.utoronto.ca

Research and Professional Interests

Rae (He/Him) holds a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Science and Technology 2020 – 2021 (sponsored by Esri Canada), was a 2019-2020 CIHR Health System Impact Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and is a co-founder and Chair of the GeoHealth Network. Rae’s research examines the intersection of geography with health services and policy research. Particularly, how this intersection can be applied to foster resilient and healthy rural communities.  Rae’s doctoral thesis evaluates government policies that allocation health services and workforce across urban and rural communities.

The availability and accessibility of health services influences how they are utilized, which subsequently impacts health outcomes. Rae’s thesis extends current understandings of access to health services by moving beyond approximations of access to integrate actual service utilization. This is achieved with administrative health data. The results of this work provide a richer understanding of variations in spatial availability of primary care across urban to rural Ontario, accessibility of these services, and a first-time analysis of utilization patterns across different Ontario communities. This knowledge provides actionable information to update health policies that influence primary care workforce planning, resource allocation, and jurisdictional boundaries. Rae contributes to a growing body of work on health service location planning and community resilience and human access patterns, which are distinct and dynamic in rural and remote settings. Local nuance and dynamic knowledge within and between rural communities is essential for accurate and effective health services planning. This locally-specific knowledge provides an effective communication tool for rural communities to advocate for their own desired resilience-generating policies to protect against stressors and challenges.

In addition to improving the geography of primary care policy and access to primary care, a secondary objective of Rae’s research program is to improve the synthesis of geography into health services research and policy as a pedagogy. This is achieved through systematically embedding foundational geography concepts through each piece of this program. This demonstrates how human health is subject to spatial laws of proximity, scale, boundaries, and more. Results of this work will provide visual and cartographic representations of this phenomena designed for a health services and policy audience, as well as teaching materials.
 
Recently, Rae contributed to the CIHR-IPPH lead project United Nations Research Roadmap for COVID-19 Recovery. He lead the knowledge synthesis for Pillar 5: Social Cohesion and Community Resilience. This resulted in a first-author publication in the Int J of Health Services (2021), which focused on the role of scale in relationships between communities and governments in pandemic recovery planning and resource allocation.

Rae’s core value is fostering community. This is best demonstrated through his commitment to accessible education, actionable health information and contributions to the 2SLGBTQI+ community. Rae is a Board Member for Pride Hamilton and on the Advisory Board for the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition. Rae can be found taking film photos and camping on the weekends.

Honours and Awards

  • 2021 University of Toronto, Dept of Geography and Planning, Research Award
  • 2020-2021  Esri Canada, University of Toronto, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology
  • 2020  UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Conference – Poster Award 2020
  • 2019-2020  University of Toronto, Dept of Geography and Planning, Research Award
  • 2019-2020  Canadian Institutes for Health Research – IPPH, Health System Impact Fellowship – Doctoral Award
  • 2018  Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE),  Travel Award (IMGS 2019)
  • 2018  University of Toronto – Dept of Geography, John D. Barnes Geodetic Sciences Fellowship
  • 2016  Canadian Institutes for Health Research – IHSPR, Travel Award (Canadian Stroke Congress 2016)
  • 2016  University of Calgary, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Student Fellowship
  • 2014  McMaster University, Experiential Education Grant Travel Award (CASPHR 2014)
  • 2013  Canadian Stroke Network, Travel Award (Canadian Stroke Congress 2013)
  • 2011-2014 Population Health Research Institute/McMaster University, Summer Studentship Grant (4x)

Teaching

Course Instructor/Sessional Instructor

  1. GIS for Population Health (GGR322), Winter 2022, Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto Mississauga
  2. Geospatial Analysis for Public Health (HLSC 3Q90), Fall 2021, Department of Health Sciences, Brock University
  3. Introductory Analytical Methods (GGR270), Fall 2020, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto – St George
  4. Health Geography (GGR 340), Spring 2020, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto – St George

Teaching Assistant

Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto – St George Campus (various years and semesters from 2017 - present)

  1. Head Teaching Assistant Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 (GGR270 – Introductory Analytical Methods), TA Fall 2017
  2. GGR 272 (Geographic Information and Mapping I)
  3. GGR 273 (Geographic Information and Mapping II)
  4. GGR 340 (Health Geography)

Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto – Scarborough (various years and semesters from 2017 - present)

  1. GGRA30H3 – Geographic Information Systems and Empirical Reasoning

Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto, Mississauga (various years and semesters from 2021 - present)

  1. GGR322 - GIS and Population Health
  2. GGR376 - Spatial Data Science II
  3. GGR273 - Geographic Information Systems II
  4. GGR272 - Geographic Information Systems I

Invited Lecturer

  1. Dalhousie University, School of Health Administration, HESA 5320 Managerial Epidemiology, “Geography, Place and Space for Epidemiology and Public Health”. March 2nd, 2022.
  2. McMaster University, Department of Health Sciences, Masters of Public Health Program. “Geography in Health Services and Policy Decision Making”. October 19th, 2021
  3. Brock University, Department of Health Sciences, 4P40 Public Health Capstone. “Integrating Geography into Public Health”. October 6th, 2021.
  4. Dalhousie University, School of Health Administration, HESA 5320 Managerial Epidemiology, “Health Geography for Epidemiology and Public Health”. March 2nd, 2021.
  5. Dalhousie University, School of Health Administration, HESA 5320 Managerial Epidemiology, “Health Geography for Epidemiology”. February 24th, 2020.  

Research

Peer-Reviewed Paper

  1. Jewett L, Mah SM, Howell N, Larsen MM. (2021). Social Cohesion and Community Resilience During COVID-19 and Pandemics: A Rapid Scoping Review to Inform the United Nations Research Roadmap for COVID-19 Recovery. International Journal of Health Services. Doi: 10.1177/0020731421997092. Available online.
  2. Bielska IA, Embrett M, Jewett L, Buote R, Manis DR, Parikh M, Speicher DJ, Agarwal G, Nartowski R, Finnegan H, Bandara T, Hamilton CB, Moore E, Liu RH, Roher SIG, Lopatina E, Nguyen DTK, Lawrence L, Lukewich J (2020: In press). Canada’s Multi-Jurisdictional COVID-19 Public Health Response – January to May 2020. Public Health and Governance/Zdrowie Publiczne i Zarządzanie; 18(1):88-105.
  3. Bielska IA, Manis DR, Schumacher C, Moore E, Lewis K, Agarwal G, Mondoux S, Jewett L, Speicher DJ, Liu RH, Leyenaar M, McLeod B, Upadhye S (2020). Health Sector Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ontario, Canada - January to May 2020. Public Health and Governance/Zdrowie Publiczne i Zarządzanie; 18(1):106-120.
  4. Greenwood-Lee J, Jewett L, Woodhouse L, Marshall DA. A categorisation of problems and solutions to improve patient referrals from primary to specialty care. BMC Health Services Research. 2018 Dec;18(1):986.
  5. Jewett L, Harroud A, Hill MD, Côté R, Wein T, Smith EE, Gubitz G, Demchuk AM, Sahlas DJ, Gladstone DJ, Lindsay MP. Secondary stroke prevention services in Canada: a cross-sectional survey and geospatial analysis of resources, capacity and geographic access. CMAJ open. 2018 Feb;6(1):E95-102.
  6. Holodinsky JK, Patel AB, Thornton J, Kamal N, Jewett L, Kelly PJ, Murphy S, Collins R, Walsh T, Cronin S, Power S. Drip and ship versus direct to endovascular thrombectomy: The impact of treatment times on transport decision-making. European Stroke Journal. 2018 Feb 14:2396987318759362.
  7. Jewett L, Mirian A, Connolly B, Silver FL, Sahlas DJ. Use of Geospatial Modeling to Evaluate the Impact of Telestroke on Access to Stroke Thrombolysis in Ontario. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2017 Jul 1;26(7):1400-6.
  8. Barber CE, Jewett L, Badley EM, Lacaille D, Cividino A, Ahluwalia V, Averns H, Baillie C, Ellsworth J, Pope J, Levy D. Stand up and be counted: measuring and mapping the rheumatology workforce in Canada. The Journal of Rheumatology. 2016 Dec 1:jrheum-160621.
  9. Barber C, Jewett L, Mosher DP, Baillie C, Ahluwalia V, Thorne C, et al. Stand Up and Be Counted. CRAJ 2014;24:6:11.
  10. Dokainish H, Jewett L, Nieuwlaat R, Coulson J, Demers C, Lonn E, ... & Connolly S. Gaps in Medical and Device Therapy for Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction: The EchoGap Study. Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal 2014;8:94.

Organization White Papers

  1. Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Merlin, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. (2021). “Primary Health Workforce Planning in Northern Ontario: A Preliminary Model for Human Capital Planning”. Sudbury, ON. A Report to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Internal Communications with Government of Ontario.
  2. SPOR Evidence Alliance (Atlantic). “The implementation of rapid point of care testing in non-traditional settings”. Halifax, NS. A rapid review for the Health Canada COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel. February 2021. Internal Communications with Health Canada.
  3. United Nations (UN). “United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery”. New York, NY. November 2020. Available from:https://www.un.org/en/pdfs/UNCOVID19ResearchRoadmap.pdf. Contribution: scoping review for Pillar 5: Social Cohesion and Community Resilience during COVID-19 and Pandemics.

Book Chapters

  1. Plue, R., Jewett, L., & Widener, M. J. (2020). Considerations When Using Individual GPS Data in Food Environment Research: A Scoping Review of ‘Selective (Daily) Mobility Bias’ in GPS Exposure Studies and Its Relevance to the Retail Food Environment. In Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health (pp. 95-112). Springer, Cham.

Conference Abstracts and Publications (*Speaker)

  1. Jewett L*. Integrating Geography into Health Services Research Study Design. UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research – Health Policy Conference. March 2020. Vancouver, Canada.
  2. Jewett L* and Widener MJ. Mapping Stroke Risk Factors and Services Across Canada. International Medical Geography Symposium. July 2019. Queenstown, New Zealand.
  3. Widener MJ, Lui D, and Jewett L. Comparing time use, transportation options, and dietary behaviours in three Toronto, Canada neighbourhoods: Initial results from the FASTT survey. International Medical Geography Symposium. July 2019. Queenstown, New Zealand.
  4. Kutty S, Oakes GH, Jewett L, Pardhan AM, Forsey A, and Kingsbury K. Cardiac Care Network of Ontario Clinical Registry Data to Evaluate Proposed Stand-Alone PCI programs in Ontario. National Cardiovascular Data Registry Conference. 2014, Washington, DC.
  5. Lindsay MP, Jewett L, Michael D, Swartz RH, Kamal N. Putting Stroke Services on the Map – Using Geospatial Analysis for Stroke System Planning. International Journal of Stroke. 2018 Oct;13(1):58.
  6. Jewett L*, Connolly BJ, & Sahlas DJ A Geoinformatic Analysis of the Impact of Telestroke on Access to Stroke Thrombolysis in Ontario. Stroke 2013;44(12):E179-E179. Canadian Association of Health Services Policy Research, 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Research

Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Kathi Wilson

Other

Education: 
PhD Candidate - University of Toronto, 2017 - Present
Masters of Geography Information Systems - University of Calgary, 2017
BS Life Sciences - McMaster University, 2012