Forum welcomes international Queen Elizabeth Scholars

The McMaster Health Forum is pleased to welcome a new cohort of international Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health Systems to Canada. This group of 10 students, coming from six Commonwealth countries, have been taking part in a series of training workshops to enhance their skills in finding the best available evidence and understanding how this can be used to strengthen health systems. This experience will contribute to their graduate work.

Kelsey Chalmers, Luka Campbell, and Pippy Walker are aiming to build their skills in using evidence and understanding the political influences on health policy. They hope to draw upon the skills and knowledge about strengthening health systems that they will be gaining to inform the approach to their work in Australia and abroad.

Subhashini Subramaniam hopes to strengthen her knowledge and skills in informed and evidence-based health policy decisions. Ka Keat Lim also hopes to build these skills, with the specific aim of applying them to explore potential clinical or policy interventions to reduce disability resulting from hip fracture.

Chinwe Juliana Iwu hopes to learn more about the Canadian health system and how research evidence can be effectively used by policy makers in decision making.

South Africa
Thesandree Padayachee and Zafeer Ravat hope to build their understanding of effective evidence use and gain a better understanding of how to effectively engage with policymakers and respond to their needs.

Trinidad and Tobago
Kadia Kallap would like to learn more about health systems strengthening and apply the skills learned from the McMaster Health Forum to raise awareness and help promote solutions to the issues of infectious disease control and antibiotic resistance in Trinidad and Tobago.

As an incoming Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Edward Kayongo will learn more about how research evidence can better support policy development. He hopes to apply this to contribute to the eventual control of infectious diseases in Africa.

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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