2019 Health System Impact Fellows

MSFHR is pleased to be partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research to co-fund six 2019 Health System Impact Fellows, enabling a total of 11 Fellows to be awarded in BC, supporting the development of BC’s health policy talent while addressing pressing policy issues in our province.

In 2017, MSFHR made a decision to put its Health Policy Fellowship Program on hold and partner on CIHR’s Health System Impact Fellowship. This allows MSFHR to support more BC Fellows through partnership, reduce duplication in the system, and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making, one of the goals of our Health Policy Fellowship Program.

The successful 2019 recipients include six Fellows co-funded by MSFHR, bringing the total number of Fellows in BC to 11. These researchers are part of a national cohort of 51 individuals based in Ontario (28), BC (11), Quebec (7), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (1), Nova Scotia (1) and the Northwest Territories (1).

Researcher Project title Host partner organization Academic institution
Post-doctoral Fellows
Robert Savage (MSFHR co-funded) Evaluating and optimizing rural and urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) engagement with hospice and palliative care in the Island Health Region Victoria Hospice Society University of Victoria
Elena Argento (MSFHR co-funded) Evaluating the response to British Columbia's overdose crisis within Vancouver Coastal Health: Moving research into practice Vancouver Coastal Health University of British Columbia
Lisa Ronald (MSFHR co-funded) Building Capacity for Surveillance and Policy Development: Health Impact Assessments of Air Quality in Northern British Columbia Northern Health Simon Fraser University
Magda Aguiar (MSFHR co-funded) Investing wisely: using economic modelling to optimize public health strategies to reduce harm from alcohol, tobacco and cannabis and optimize benefits in British Columbia BC Ministry of Health University of British Columbia
Leah Lambert (MSFHR co-funded) Interpreting and addressing barriers impeding effective care transitions for women diagnosed with breast cancer in British Columbia BC Cancer University of British Columbia
Hyeju Jang Enhancing population health monitoring and evaluation using text analytics on clinical data BC Centre for Disease Control University of British Columbia
Shelley Cook (MSFHR co-funded) Better Serving People with Multiple, Complex Needs in BC through Health System Impact. Community Living British Columbia  University of British Columbia
PhD Fellows
Katherine McLeod BC's prisons & the overdose emergency: understanding the impact of policy on continuity of care and healthcare utilization for people who experience incarceration BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions University of British Columbia
April Mazzuca Evaluating a culturally-safe, strengths-based case management approach to facilitate hepatitis C treatment among Indigenous people who use drugs in BC BC Centre for Disease Control  University of British Columbia
Yasmin Davila Achieving health systems integration through policy development and implementation Health Standards Organization (Ontario) University of British Columbia - Okanagan
William Hall Illuminating Innovation in Canadian Hospitals - An Economic Evaluation of  Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Devices Fraser Health Fraser Health