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Dr. Kate Mulligan

Director of Policy and Communications, Alliance for Healthier Communities & Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

equity-focused health communication, public health communications, race-based data, health equity, health equity, social determinants of health, social prescribing, community health, health policy, public health, climate change and health, government

Faculty profile:


Why collecting race-based data during the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of life and death

Global News
When it comes to health-care in Canada, the federal government doesn’t collect race-based data at all. With people of colour in the UK and the U.S. dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates, health equity advocates are sounding the alarm: without this data, it’s nearly impossible to know who the pandemic is hurting most and how to help them.

Better Health Care through Innovation

CBC Metro MorningRadio/Podcast


Metro Morning - Nov. 19, 2019: A doctor's prescription for social activities can have great personal and public health benefits

CBC Metro Morning, July 23, 2020Radio/Podcast


Metro Morning July 23, 2020 - Why is COVID-19 spreading among young people? One expert says it's because of poor messaging

Anti-Black racism has created a public health crisis

Prescriptions are for more than just drugs. Ontario Health Teams should use ‘social prescribing’ to improve our health and wellbeing.

Race-based health data urgently needed during the coronavirus pandemic

Black health groups need to be part of Ontario's health-care discussion

BEYOND LOCAL: Here are the most likely — and least likely — ways to spread COVID-19

Face masks do’s and don’ts

How many people can I see at once? Coronavirus social rules by region

Need a vacation? Here's how to safely get away this summer

Is it even OK to shop online right now?


Dr. Kate Mulligan is the Director of Policy and Communications at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, a network of equity-focused community health organizations. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She sits on the Toronto Board of Health and the boards of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and 8-80 Cities.


  • government relations
  • climate change and health
  • public health
  • health policy
  • community health
  • social prescribing
  • social determinants of health
  • health equity
  • race-based data
  • public health communications
  • equity-focused health communication

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