About Us


Katie-Sue Derejko, MA, MPH 

Founder and Public Health Consultant
“My passion is to combine public health with the advancement of social justice and human rights, creating conducive environments where people can exercise their right to health, assert their agency to be active citizens and control choices that impact their future.” 

Katie-Sue holds a Master of Public Health Degree from New York University, with a specialization in Global Health Leadership, and a Master’s Degree in the Anthropology of Health specializing in Indigenous health policy in Canada. Katie-Sue currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst in Public Health for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Prior to moving to Ottawa, Katie-Sue was a Research Scientist at New York University looking at mental health recovery in the formally homeless population. Katie-Sue has an array of global health experience in both NGOs and the private sector, including work in Uganda, Kenya, India, Palestine, the Philippines, Guatemala, USA, and Canada. Katie-Sue’s academic and professional interests are focused broadly on health and human rights, and social justice. Katie-Sue’s passion is to combine public health with the advancement of social justice and human rights, creating conducive environments where people can realize and exercise their right to health, assert their agency to be active citizens, and control choices that impact their future. As a public health professional, Katie-Sue aspires to be an agent of action; recognizing health in places others may not, asking the difficult questions, acknowledging injustices, and advocating for health policies that enable everyone to live just and equitable lives. 

Judy Hodge, BSc, DVM, MPH 

Founder and Public Health Consultant
“As a veterinarian, I look at infectious disease from an environmental health perspective with an understanding that health is inseparably connected among animals, humans, and the environment. Effective solutions exist, yet too many people live in poverty unable to access their basic rights, because of ineffective silo’d approaches to addressing these issues. I am passionate about fighting health inequalities using proven interventions in novel, collaborative, community-driven ways. ”

Judy Hodge, BSc DVM MPH received her Bachelor of Science from Brandon University and her veterinary degree from The Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked with both livestock and companion animals in Canada, as well as in India with Global Vets and in Uganda with Veterinarians without Borders. She completed her Masters of Public Health at New York University (NYU), where she worked in emerging zoonotic disease research both locally (conducting tick surveillance in NYC parks) and globally (sampling vampire bats for zoonotic pathogens in the Brazilian Amazon as part of the PREDICT program with EcoHealth Alliance). Understanding the importance of “One Health” and the social determinants of health, Judy has also worked on several interdisciplinary projects conducting program evaluations to determine community impact, for example with Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health on a community health worker project in Guatemala, Engineers Without Borders NYC on a water improvement project in Usalama, Kenya, and NYU Dental Outreach team on an oral health care program in Grenada. Most recently, she has worked with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases in Canada to conduct a literature review of healthcare workers’ reactions to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza outbreak. Judy is especially interested in connecting her training in infectious diseases with mental health, the social determinants of health, and social justice. Having observed first-hand the close interactions between people, their livestock, and wildlife, she is committed to applied research and community-driven change to create healthier people, animals, and environments.