Forum sends Queen Elizabeth Scholars to Australia and Malaysia

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in Strengthening Health Systems. The scholars travelling to Australia and Malaysia to expand on their knowledge of health systems and policy development are Alex Dragoman, Bolade Shipeolu, Tereza Zetko, Chloe Gao, and Fanny Cheng.

Outgoing Interns: Alex Dragoman, Bolade Shipeolu and Tereza Zetko
Alex Dragoman, Bolade Shipeolu, and Tereza Zetko will be travelling to Malaysia to work with the Institute for Health Systems Research which is part of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health.

During his time in Malaysia, Alex hopes to learn how countries can develop the infrastructure to support evidence-informed decision making. Bolade is interested in how politics and political actors can shape policy. Tereza looks forward to learning how health systems are shaped by cultural context. The three of them will all gain a deeper understanding of how knowledge translation and health evidence can be used to strengthen health systems.

Outgoing intern: Chloe Gao
Chloe Gao will be interning at the Sax Institute in Sydney, Australia. At the Sax Institute, Chloe will use her experience in health systems research to support the work of the Knowledge Exchange team, establishing tools and resources necessary for evidence-informed policymaking, and the effects it has on population health outcomes.

Outgoing intern: Fanny Cheng
Fanny Cheng will be working with the New South Wales Ministry of Health in Sydney, Australia. Her internship with the Population Health Training unit will provide her a unique perspective on how Ontario and New South Wales differ in policy development. She will also gain experience establishing the resources for scale-up implementation and assessment tools.

Through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program, McMaster University will participate in activating a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts on health systems both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, and the private sector.

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