Celebrating Black History & Futures Month: Meet Brittany Ellington!

February 6, 2023

This Black History and Futures Month, we are spotlighting and celebrating our Black team and community members from across the organization as part of our We are Women’s series.

Name: Brittany Ellington

Pronouns: she/her

Title & Department: Research Practicum Student, Women’s College Research Institute

On the WCH team for:

1. Where were you born? If you were born outside of Canada, when did you come to Canada?

I was born in the city of Toronto to my two immigrant Jamaican parents.

2. Why did you choose to work at Women’s College Hospital?

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to work at Women’s College Hospital. When my interests in sexual and reproductive health and healthcare became apparent to me, Women’s College was one of the organizations that stood out in adopting intersectional and equity-informed approaches to research and healthcare. I continue to be amazed by the great work being done by so many across a variety of different areas, and I am excited and feel blessed to be a part that!

3. Why is Black History and Futures Month significant to you?

For me, Black History and Futures Month means many things which ties into its significance. I believe that it is important to recognize the strides and great contributions that Black communities have and continue to make within our society. Across the African diaspora, we see this in healthcare, education, the arts, and many other facets of our everyday lives that ought to be celebrated. Black History and Futures Month is both a time of celebration and a call to addressing systemic anti-Black racism, while pointing us towards creating more livable futures.

4. How has your Black heritage influenced your work in healthcare?

As a Black woman, this has definitely influenced my work and interests in healthcare. Most of my work has centered around health equity, Black maternal health, and the sexual and reproductive health of racialized communities. Truthfully, this defined focus and these interests really came from my own experiences and learning about the different things that are happening in my community here in Canada and from across the globe. I want the work that I do and am involved in to empower communities and to address these inequities in healthcare, ultimately improving health outcomes.