Kiran Somjee, RN
Kiran’s areas of expertise includes public health, workforce development, social determinants of health, health equity, mental health promotion, knowledge translation and nursing.
As a nurse and knowledge broker, Kiran Somjee is passionate about understanding and addressing the underlying root causes of health inequities, mental health and substance use disorders through research, collective action and knowledge exchange.
Prior to joining CCSA, Kiran brought her expertise to a wide range of acute and community care settings. These included hospitals, community clinics, public health units, health centre hubs and academic institutions. She also worked at the Regional Municipality of York as a public health nurse and team lead for a health equity program. During her time at York Region public health, she implemented a mental health promotion strategy focusing on population health, trauma informed care, early childhood development and building resilience.
Kiran joined CCSA in January 2018 as a national priority advisor and has now taken on the role of knowledge broker specializing in strategic partnerships and knowledge mobilization. She has led public education efforts focusing on cannabis and youth and is currently leading projects on workforce competencies for professionals who work with people affected by substance use and addiction. Kiran has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a registered nurse designation from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Kiran is an avid traveler, writer and painter.