Shannon McDonald

Senior Medical Officer

First Nations Health Authority

Shannon McDonald

Senior Medical Officer

First Nations Health Authority

Biography

Dr. Shannon McDonald, Senior Medical Officer (Vancouver Island) First Nations
Health Authority, works with the regional health authority, the Chief Medical
Health Officer and MHOs, and health directors on Vancouver Island to ensure that
high quality, coordinated and complementary health services are being offered by
their organizations and the FNHA. Dr. McDonald reports on population and public
health issues that require a collaborative and coordinated response, and leads
communications on any that require immediate action. She also leads FNHA
participation in local, provincial or national committees on public health, mental
wellness and substance misuse, as well as population and public health
surveillance, among other responsibilities.

Prior to joining the FNHA, Dr. McDonald served for five years as Executive Director
of the Aboriginal Health Directorate, BC Ministry of Health. There, she was a close
partner in the evolution of the FNHA’s work, including the implementation of the
Tripartite First Nations Health Plan and the development of the Tripartite
Framework Agreement on First Nations Health Governance. She also served as a
Regional Medical Officer with FNIHB Health Canada, both in Manitoba and
nationally, and worked for several years in Winnipeg on community health
programs, especially mental health and chronic disease programs. Dr. McDonald
completed her medical training at the University of Manitoba in 1998, and went on
to do post-graduate training in psychiatry and in community health sciences. She is
a proud member of one of the founding families of Manitoba’s Métis Nation.