Ariela’s principal interests include the use of research evidence to improve the healthcare provided to individuals and communities. Her semester of field work in a rural community in Ghana fostered a unique appreciation for the need for evidence-informed policymaking and implementation. As a Forum Fellow, Ariela plans to develop a sound understanding of the intricacies involved in shaping health policy, and will explore the use of social media vehicles to tap into the potential of the student community in helping to advance the Forum’s work in addressing health policy challenges. She is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. She previously worked on a pediatric neurology study at McMaster Children’s Hospital, to further her understanding of the impact of quality of life research on health care, before deciding to specialize in global health studies.