Forum’s Latest Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health and Social Systems

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce five new recipients of our Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in Strengthening Health and Social Systems: Rana Saleh, Adam F. El-Kadi, Maiura Muralitharan, Shraddha Mishra and Tushar Sood.

The Forum is pleased to welcome Rana to the Forum as an incoming scholar from Lebanon. Rana holds a Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut and is working on her PhD in health policy, which will focus on her interest in the role of public participation in knowledge uptake and policy implementation in developing countries.

Our other four scholars will be travelling internationally to work with and learn from partner organizations.

Adam will be travelling to Lebanon to intern at the Knowledge to Policy Centre at the American University of Beirut where he will be reviewing available evidence and systematically eliciting citizen and stakeholder insights to bridge the gap between research, policy, and politics for evidence-informed policymaking.

Maiura will be travelling to South Africa to work with the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) located at the University of Johannesburg. During her time with ACE, Maiura will support a scoping project on evidence-informed end-of-life services by working to map what evidence is available in this broad area from palliative care through to registration of deaths and funeral practices.

Shraddha and Tushar will both be travelling to India to intern at the George Institute for Global Health. Through this experience, Shraddha hopes to better understand the structure of India’s health system, the health needs within rural India, and strategies for centering community members’ voices in the evaluation of engagement efforts. Tushar hopes to further develop his skills in evidence synthesis, and support health policy and systems research initiatives, in whatever ways he can.

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 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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Read more about the QES Scholarship in Strengthening Health and Social Systems offered by the Forum.