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Forum’s Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health Systems

Apr 28, 2017 |

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce its latest recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships in Strengthening Health Systems including incoming scholar Orezioghene Akporuno and its first group of interns to travel to the Pacific Rim: Seana Adams, Elysia Grose, Lucshman Raveendran, and Daniel Lu.

Incoming Scholar: Orezioghene “Orezi” Akporuno

Orezi is a citizen of Nigeria who is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Global Health program at McMaster. Her research interests are focused on priority agenda setting, resource collaboration and ethics of human health with an emphasis on health equity especially in low to middle income countries.

To complete her scholarly research on health system strengthening in Nigeria she will harness the data resources, skills and networks of the McMaster Health Forum so that she may apply her work to improve the Nigerian health system.

Outgoing Interns: Seana Adams, Elysia Grose, Lucshman Raveendran, and Daniel Lu

Seana, Elysia and Lucshman will be travelling to Malaysia where they will intern with the Institute of Health Systems Research, a division of the Malaysian Ministry of Health. Daniel will be traveling to Singapore to begin his internship with the Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health & Medicine at Nanyang Technological University.

While in Malaysia Seana aims to develop a deeper understanding of how health systems research can impact the lives of individuals through the implementation of evidence-informed policy. Elysia hopes to learn more about the intersections of culture and health. Lastly, Lucshman plans to develop research skills to identify gaps in health systems that contribute to health inequities experienced by vulnerable populations. All three will better understand the tools and methodologies used in health systems research which in turn help build health systems research capacity in low and middle-income countries.

Daniel will spend his time in Singapore exploring the commonalities and differences between health services research and engineering approaches to problem solving in an attempt to answer the question ‘what does engineering have to offer health systems’. In an era of global health and a recognized need to strengthen health systems, this is a very timely question.

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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