Lindsay McLaren, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary, where her research and teaching focus on healthy public policy and social determinants of health. She is also a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, National Office.
Lindsay held a CIHR/PHAC/AIHS Applied Public Health Chair award from 2014 to 2019 and received the 2019 CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award (mid-career category), a career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in population and public health research.
Lindsay is past-president (2014-18) of the Alberta Public Health Association. She currently serves as senior editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health and co-editor for the international peer-reviewed journal Critical Public Health.
It is well known that health and well-being are importantly influenced by the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work, and age, including the quality and integrity of our natural environments. These are the social and ecological determinants of health. The unequal distribution and quality of those conditions create health inequities: differences in health and well-being between social groups that are unfair because they are avoidable.