PHIRN Scientist Dr. John Cairney is the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Professorship in Child Health Research at McMaster University. He holds the position of Associate Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Cairney is also a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. External to the university, he is an adjunct Research Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Centre, as well as the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology. He is also the co-lead for the Mental Health Program, at ICES. In addition to these research positions, Dr. Cairney is an Associate Professor at McMaster University in the Departments of Family Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine), and in the Department of Kinesiology (Faculty of Science). He has received numerous awards for his scholarly achievements and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award. Dr. Cairney is one of our successful applicants in this year’s call for proposals looking at: “Unmet Need in Mental Health Care: Exploring Social Determinants Using Intersectionality”.
PHIRN sponsored Ontario Training Consortium in Health Services and Policy Research Trainee Heather Greenwood is a doctoral student in the PhD Program in Population Health at the University of Ottawa. PHIRN is pleased to be sponsoring Heather’s participation in the graduate diploma program of the OTC in Health Services and Policy Research. The policy practicum, summer institute, and course component of this program increase students’ competencies in health services and policy research above and beyond the requirements of their graduate degree programs. Through the opportunities provided in the OTC program, Heather hopes to increase her understanding of how policy around women’s health and immigrant health are developed, and how to design and communicate research to meet the needs of policy makers. Her research aims to learn about the experiences of recent immigrant women from Africa in seeking reproductive health information,services, and support in three different Ottawa neighborhoods. She hopes that this work will provide further insight into the challenges recent immigrant women from Africa face in accessing reproductive health services. Such insight could help inform the design of policies and programs that are more relevant and responsive to African immigrant women’s needs. Heather’s research is also supported by a CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award. Heather’s previous experiences include community-level work in reproductive health and the completion of her MSc in the Collaborative Program in Bioethics and her HBSc in Human Biology at the University of Toronto. Following the completion of her training, Heather hopes to build a career that allows her to continue to focus on improving health inequities, in particular for women
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