Alexandra is a last year medical student from the University of Antioquia, Colombia, with a Diploma in Primary Health Care and Integrated Health Services Networks from WHO-PAHO. She has participated in different research and development projects focused on community empowerment for the improvement of access to health care services of displaced populations, and the strengthening of the Primary Health Care strategy. These projects have been developed with the Schools of Nursery, Public Health and Medicine from the University of Antioquia, as well as with Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Alexandra is also a researcher in vascular and muscular physiology at her home university, and recipient of the Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program scholarship granted by the Government of Canada.
As incoming Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Alexandra is in charge of identifying, selecting, and rating the quality of and extracting policy-relevant information from health systems-focused systematic reviews contained in the Latin American health research database, LILACS, for inclusion in Health Systems Evidence. The research will be conducted under the supervision of John Lavis, Director of McMaster Health Forum, and Daniel Patiño, PHD in Health Policies, and director of the Research Institute of the University of Antioquia.