Forum Queen Elizabeth Scholars to focus on the health-system aspects of pressing public health issues

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce its latest recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships in Strengthening Health Systems. These scholars, whose experiences will focus more on the health-system aspects of pressing public health issues, include: Anson Cheung, Sung Min (Steven) Cho, Vishwathsen Karthikeyan, and Cameron Taheri.

Outgoing Interns: Sung Min (Steven) Cho and Cameron Taheri
Both Steven and Cameron will be traveling to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to complete their internships at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), a single regional public health agency for the Caribbean region. They will be looking at evidence-informed messages related to improving healthy diets and planning content development for policy training workshops. Steven hopes to gain an appreciation for collective response to strengthening and reorienting the health system to address public health challenges in the Caribbean region. Cameron hopes to take what he learns abroad to strengthen our health system in Canada.

Outgoing Intern: Vishwathsen Karthikeyan
Vishu will be traveling to the Public Health Foundation of Delhi (PHFI) to assist with a field study and literature review investigating the healthcare needs of the urban marginalized population. PHFI is a public private initiative established to improve India’s health systems capability.

His work will specifically focus on vulnerable populations including the homeless, sex workers, and single women. Vishu hopes to better understand the social production of marginalization for these vulnerable groups, and also the structures of healthcare delivery that exist for them.  

Outgoing Intern: Anson Cheung
Anson will be travelling to the United Kingdom to begin his internship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He will be looking at the implementation and scaling up of mental health supports for Syrian refugees during his placement in London. Anson hopes to gain insight into the processes by which government and international organizations develop policy recommendations for conflict-affected regions.

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

Queen Elizabeth Scholars focusing on public health