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Naomi Thulien

Nurse Practitioner & Coordinator, U of T

Naomi has been involved in delivering nursing care for more than 25 years. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for four years and holds a specialty certificate in Primary Health Care.

Naomi’s clinical practice is at Covenant House – Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth – where she provides primary health care to street-involved and homeless youth. Naomi is also the coordinator of the Primary Health Care – Global Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

In 2013, Naomi received the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award of Merit from Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Pi-At-Large for her annual volunteer work with marginalized communities in Honduras and Haiti. In addition, she was part of a team that received the 2013 Bright Lights award from the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario for their innovative cervical cancer screening outreach to women working in the sex trade industry.

Naomi is currently working on her PhD at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on exploring the impact of social exclusion and inclusion on health. In particular, she is interested in understanding how homeless youth use their social connections to help them access the social determinants of health such as housing, healthcare, and employment.

Naomi lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Ryan and their three children, Madison, Mackenzie, and Jackson.