Queen Elizabeth Scholar in Strengthening Health Systems
Shawn is an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program specializing in Global Health. After working at the Impact Lab during the 2015-16 academic year, Shawn was introduced to the importance of evidence-informed decision-making in health systems policy. In order to understand health systems through a legal framework, Shawn will be interning at Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), a human rights law firm in Kenya.
As an outgoing Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Shawn will be researching international best practice standards of documenting human rights violations to help train legal response providers in collecting evidence to a standard that can be used in court. LAW is also currently establishing a Civilian Oversight Board in Somalia to determine which violations are being experienced by people on the ground and how they would like the Civilian Oversight Board to respond to these violations. Shawn will be exploring the best way to design the focus groups, and the types of questions that must be asked to produce the best results. Finally, he will be drafting a comprehensive report on female genital mutilation to inform best practice guidelines. In doing so, Shawn hopes to gain an appreciation for the framework of setting clear agendas, developing a policy, and implementing a structure that allows for a dynamic community of health actors to respond to human right injustices.