Ruth Ann is a research associate with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Calgary, and an MSc in public health from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Concerned with the shortage of healthcare workers, her masters used a mixed methodology to explore the policies and practices used to attract and retain nurses and community health workers. Previously she worked as a research consultant in electric power regulation.

Ruth Ann moved to Canada from the United States in 2000. Growing up within a privatized healthcare system fostered an interest in the topics of sustainability and access to care.

Currently she’s working with Dr. Joon Lee on how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help us better monitor and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, in addition to the potential of wearable tech to extend aging-in-place.

When not working she can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, and generally making up for a childhood without mountains.