PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

PHIRN OTC Fellowships

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Laura Bisaillon

Laura Bisaillon

Laura is a social scientist who earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in Population Health from the University of Ottawa in 2012. Soon thereafter, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Ontario Training Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (OTC). The place of tenure is York University’s Sociology Department and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto. Laura’s doctoral dissertation, Cordon Sanitaire or Healthy Policy, is currently in nomination for a University of Ottawa Excellence Award (see Her study is the first theoretically informed exploration and critique of the inner workings of the medical and bureaucratic practices regulating immigration to Canada, with attention to the treatment of, and consequences for, applicants with HIV.

Her work lies at the intersection of numerous disciplines. Laura focuses on health equity, HIV/AIDS, immigration medical practices, policy analysis, social organization of knowledge, and socio-legal studies. She pursues critical, ethnographic, and qualitative approaches. Through her empirical work and civil society involvement, she strives to provide an evidence-informed dimension to policy making.

In her current OTC funded research, Laura focuses on new questions and extends her doctoral findings in innovative directions. She inquires into how the work of Ontario-based health practitioners such as public health nurses, social workers, and physicians is shaped and coordinated by the federal immigration medical examination and the imperative of mandatory HIV testing of immigrants within this process. These provincial health workers are indirect actors in the federal immigration program since they participate in the organization of the Canadian immigration system. Until now, their work practices have not been investigated.

Laura is equally fluent in English and French. She holds prior degrees in Urban Planning, Political Studies, and International Relations. A list of her publications appears on her academic website at She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Stephanie Montesanti

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The participation of marginalized communities in health system planning.

Heather Greenwood Negotiating and constructing place: immigrant women's experiences seeking reproductive health information, services, and support.
Sara Torres Understanding policies targeting Community Health Workers/Lay Health Workers (CHWs/LHWs)/Personal Support Workers' (PSWs) in caregiving and chronic disease prevention and management with immigrant and aboriginal populations in Ontario
Danielle Rolfe A Process, Outcome and Economic Evaluation of the Interprofessional Markham Stouffville Hospital C-Section Reduction (MSH-CARES) Initiative
Maria Benkhalti Jandu A Health Equity Impact Assessment Framework Relevant to Immigrants in Canada. I have a scholarship with the Ontario Training Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Last Updated ( Monday, 07 May 2012 08:36 )