Haneen Youssef

HBSc, ’17; BASc, 20; MPH, ’22

Hi Everyone! My name is Haneen Youssef. I’m originally Palestinian, was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates and moved to Canada in 2013.

My undergraduate educational journey began in 2013 at University of Toronto (UofT) doing a double major in Nutritional Science and Health and Disease. Four years later, I joined Ryerson University and earned my second bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food in June 2020. This coming Fall, I will be joining the Master of Public Health Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at UofT to take my dream through the final stretch of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Throughout my long educational journey and varied volunteer experiences in the field of nutrition, I have come to realize the lack of sufficient cultural competence amongst nutrition and health care professionals and how underrepresented people of color are in the field of dietetics.

This leads me to today, were I am hoping to bridge this gap with the help of fellow nutrition professionals who strive for excellence in patient and customer centered care by carefully considering the social determinants of health at play and by continuously exposing ourselves to other people’s cultures.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Christabel Menezes for shedding light on this topic and for the feature.

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