Tamil Kendall, PhD
Interim Provincial Executive Director
Tamil has a strong track record in perinatal and women’s health, with over 20 years of provincial, national, and international experience in strategic planning, program/policy development, research, knowledge translation, and health care provider education. In her previous role as Director, Women’s and Maternal Health, Population and Public Health Division at the Ministry of Health, Tamil was responsible for the development of evidence-based policy, guidelines, and educational material for health care providers and perinatal women and families. She has led and co-chaired a number of cross-ministry and provincial working groups, engaging stakeholders across the system of care in BC to advance improvements in safe vaginal birth, breastfeeding, perinatal mental health and substance use, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.
Before coming home to BC in 2015, Tamil worked as a researcher, policymaker and educator of health care providers and administrators in the area of sexual and reproductive health for more than a decade in Latin America and the Caribbean, with organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund, the National Institute of Public Health, and the Population Council. After completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, Tamil spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Women and Health Initiative/Maternal Health Task Force, where she was also a Takemi Fellow in International Health.
Tamil is passionate about promoting maternal and newborn health by improving quality because this critical period lays the foundation for individual and population health and well-being across the lifespan.