Judith Lynam has an overriding interest in understanding the conditions that contribute to inequities in health and in exploring ways these can be addressed through practice and education. Over the past two decades she has worked in partnership with community based organizations and health professionals in an effort to make health care more responsive to the needs of different groups within communities.

Most recently, she has been instrumental in introducing social pediatrics as a solution to meet the health needs of Vancouver's most vulnerable children. She has worked in partnership with community groups and colleagues in medicine, nursing and health care administration to research the RICH-ER practice initiative. She is a founding leader of the Culture, Gender and Health Research Unit and has held a number of leadership positions in national and provincial organizations concerned with culture, health and diversity.