Forum welcomes Queen Elizabeth Scholar from Uganda, sends interns to the Caribbean Public Health Agency

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to announce its third group of recipients of Queen Elizabeth Scholarships in Strengthening Health Systems: Boniface MutatinaInna Berditchevskaia and Aditya Nidumolu.

Incoming Scholar: Boniface Mutatina
This scholarship will support the finalization of Mutatina’s project, which evaluates the Uganda Clearinghouse for Health Policy and Systems Research - a strategy for facilitating easy and quick access to optimally packaged evidence for policy. Mutatina comes from Uganda and is currently an exchange student in the Health Policy program at McMaster University under the supervision of John N. Lavis (McMaster University). He is completing his PhD at Makerere University under the supervision of John N. Lavis and Nelson Sewankambo (Makerere University).

Outgoing Interns: Inna Berditchevskaia and Aditya Nidumolu
Both Berditchevskaia and Nidumolu will be travelling to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago this May to begin their internships at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) – the single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. Their primary responsibility will be to assist in preparing an evidence brief and planning a stakeholder dialogue on healthy food environments prior to the 61st Annual CARPHA Health Research Conference in June.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to work with these Queen Elizabeth Scholars in our Policy Unit,” said CARPHA’s Senior Health Policy Analyst Dr. Andrea Yearwood. “We are sure that it will be a rewarding experience for them as well as for us.”

Berditchevskaia hopes to deepen her understanding of the roles of various stakeholders in policy development and the political processes by which solutions are developed and decisions are made. She is currently an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. 

Nidumolu’s goal is to develop a stronger understanding of how primary care can be strengthened in different health systems. He is currently an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program specializing in global health at McMaster University.

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.
Read more about the QES program at Universities Canada.

QES Third Cohort