Natalie TchakerianQueen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health and Social Systems (2019)
Natalie is an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has worked at the McMaster Health Forum’s Impact Lab as a research assistant helping to maintain both Health Systems Evidence and Social Systems Evidence databases. She has also helped to add content to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal by using her bilingualism to translate resources from English to French. Through her work and volunteer experience, Natalie hopes to improve the accessibility of research evidence and healthcare services for vulnerable populations.
As an outgoing Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Natalie will be travelling to South Africa to work at the Africa Centre for Evidence at the University of Johannesburg. She is looking forward to assisting with the development of resources, tools and evidence maps to support policy decision making in African jurisdictions. During her internship, she hopes to gain insight on how evidence is synthesized and modified in response to the changing needs of policy makers and help further enhance communication between South Africa and other neighbouring French speaking countries.