Health Promotion Specialist.

Cancer Researcher.

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advocate.

Co-Founder of #AYACSM.





About Emily Drake


Emily is a passionate and innovative public health leader. A graduate of Acadia University’s Honours Psychology program, and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program, Emily has been a contributor to the Huffington Post (US), the BMJ Blog, the Cancer Knowledge Network, and Oncology Exchange. Her academic work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports, Journal of Global Oncology, Psycho-Oncology, Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, Journal of Clinical Nursing and The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society.

A social innovator, in 2013, Emily co-founded and continues to grow Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#AYACSM) - an active, multi-disciplinary community that is changing the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding young adults with cancer.

Emily currently runs her own consulting business and is a PhD in Health student at Dalhousie University. Her writing and public speaking skills have been sought out by non-profit organizations, healthcare providers and the private sector in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Speaking Topics

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer

  • Adolescent and Young Adults Living with Chronic/Metastatic/Advanced Cancer

  • Caregiver Support

  • Building Online Communities

  • Building Patient Communities

  • Using Social Media for Health Advocacy

  • Health & Online/Social Media

  • Sexuality, Intimacy and Young Adult Cancer