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Tiyondah Fante-Coleman

Episode #1: Keeper of Stories

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Tiyondah Fante-Coleman, M.A., joins us to discuss her work with the Pathways to Care project, barriers to care that exist for Black youth, her hopes for a more inclusive and equitable future, and so much more!


Tiyondah Fante-Coleman recently completed her MA in Community Psychology (2019) and her B.Sc. in Health Sciences (2016) at Wilfrid Laurier University. She currently works as a Researcher at the Pathways to Care project, an initiative that aims to increase access to mental healthcare services for Black youth in Ontario. Passionate about social justice and health equity, Tiyondah's research interests include exploring access to health care, mental health, and the cultural influences of sexuality, especially among young African, Caribbean, and Black people. In September 2021, Tiyondah will begin her PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In her spare time, Tiyondah can be found hanging out on the couch with her puppy, Sambuca.



  • Tiyondah’s academic background

  • The Pathways to Care project: the goals of the research and preliminary findings

  • Qualitative research and being a “keeper of stories”

  • Stigma in mental health; particular how it shows up in Black communities and how it impacts Black youth

  • Doing challenging work in a community you belong to: “Compartmentalizing” to hold the experiences of others and not become too affected by them

  • Concrete things that can be done to begin to facilitate change

  • Institutional racism and barriers that Tiyondah faced along her academic journey

  • The value of mentorship from Black scholars

  • The trouble with viewing health as a dichotomy and personalizing it

  • Including communities in policy development and understanding that things that are created without them are not for them

  • Ealy “takeaways” from focus groups for healthcare professionals in general, and specifically non-Black practitioners working with individuals from the Black community

  • The power researchers and healthcare providers hold

  • Radical hope




Get the transcript of this episode HERE