Dr. Judith Bartlett is a Métis physician, researcher and health administrator. She graduated from medicine in 1987 and completed her family medicine specialty training in 1989, both at the University of Manitoba. After completing her studies, she worked in two northern remote First Nation communities followed by six and a half years as director of Health Programs, Medical Services Branch of Health Canada (now named First Nation and Inuit Health). Dr. Bartlett then returned to the academic environment to complete an MSc in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is a full time faculty in the Department of Community Health Science and holds the designations as associate professor and as adjunct scientist (Manitoba Centre for Health Policy). Dr. Bartlett has an active academic research program in the areas of indigenous health workforce and resilience (Maori, Métis and First Nations), knowledge translation and population health research.
In 2005, Dr. Bartlett developed the Manitoba Métis Federation - Health & Wellness Department (MMF-HWD) in Winnipeg. She has held the director role for the department, which now has 24 staff, since its inception. The MMF-HWD plays a leadership role in its vision of “A Well Métis Community” by ‘developing and using knowledge’ that is holistic and culture-based, builds capacity, is based on excellence in research, and results in a Métis ‘health knowledge authority’. She also continues part-time clinical work.
Dr. Bartlett has always been an active participant in professional and community boards, councils and committees. Current roles include membership on the Manitoba Health Research Council, the Canada North West FASD Research Network Board and the United Way of Winnipeg Aboriginal Relations Council.
Dr. Bartlett was honored in 2003 as the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Health.