Health Policy Fellows to contribute research expertise to BC health policy

Two exceptional health researchers have been awarded MSFHR Health Policy Fellowships, a unique opportunity to contribute their research expertise to the health policy-making process in BC.

Dr. Sana Shahram (UBC) and Adam Vaughan (SFU) will spend 12 months supporting evidence-informed policy-making in the fields of Indigenous health and opioid use disorder within Interior Health and Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) respectively.

"The MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship has a dual benefit. Highly qualified trainees have the opportunity to work with and learn from senior decision-makers in provincial government and health authorities, while also contributing their research expertise to inform evidence-based health policies,” explained Dr. Bev Holmes, Interim President & CEO.

Working with Interior Health, Shahram will focus on promoting Indigenous health in BC’s southern interior. Drawing on her expertise in Indigenous health research and social development she will work with Interior Health leadership to integrate cultural safety and health equity assessments into the cultural fabric of the organization, cultivating a norm of culturally safe, equity-centred thinking and practice.

At PHSA, Vaughan will be working with British Columbia Mental Health Substance Use Services and British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to create a provincial policy framework for substance use services in BC. Bringing expertise on substance use, first responder support and policy development, he will outline a continuum of care for those who require harm reduction, overdose prevention and opioid treatment services to support the advancement of BC drug policy.

The MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship Program is designed to enhance understanding and communication between health researchers and health system decision-makers to promote the uptake of evidence-informed policy and reinforce the importance of policy-relevant research. It is one of eight MSFHR funding awards designed to develop BC’s health research talent and contribute to addressing BC health system priorities.

For further information on the assignments, please visit the award pages