Queen Elizabeth Scholar in Strengthening Health Systems
Kristy is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program currently completing additional undergraduate coursework. Her interest in social determinants of health, with a specific focus on barriers to access to health services, stemmed from her previous trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic where she collected data for her thesis work. She also hopes to apply her experience of working with the Program of Evidence-based Care (Cancer Care Ontario) into a health policy context through assisting in gathering best available evidence for stakeholder dialogues.
As an outgoing Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Kristy will be travelling to Cape Town, South Africa to complete a three-month internship with the Centre of Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University. With an increasing focus being placed on non-communicable diseases within the South African health care system, her research will revolve around integration of care for hypertension and diabetes. She is excited to see how her work will inform policy makers of the best available research evidence on integration of care initiatives and assist in initiating future research to bridge the knowledge gap in current literature.