Catherine Tong has a background in Latin American Studies (BA from UVic, MA from SFU), and has worked and volunteered with several community-based health initiatives in Canada and Central America. Through these work experiences, she saw first-hand how issues of race, ethnicity and immigration can impact the health of an individual. She is currently a fourth year doctoral trainee at CHHM, working under the supervision of Drs. Heather McKay and Joanie Sims-Gould.
As a member of the ASAP-Foreign-Born team, her doctoral research critically examines how ethnicity and the immigration experience impact the health and mobility of foreign-born older adults living in Metro Vancouver. Catherine’s research is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award, and the Vancouver Foundation. Her research would not be possible without the unwavering support of the multi-lingual, multi-talented Seniors Hub Council in South Vancouver.