Matt Hughsam’s work aims to leverage evidence-informed scientific, social, and business innovations to address health disparities among marginalized groups. He has broad experiences working across academia, healthcare organizations, non-profits, and in government, and has led several teams to conduct health advocacy, impact evaluation, and research.
Matt co-teaches (with Jake Hirsch-Allen) two fourth year undergraduate courses on global health advocacy and governance for McMaster’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program. He also co-leads a research team with the Global Strategy Lab at the uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, sits on UNITY Charity’s Programs and Evaluation Committee, and consults for several student-led health advocacy initiatives.
Matt kicked off his global health career assessing the impacts of the 2012 cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program and working to improve refugee access to healthcare in Canada. He has worked extensively with the McMaster Health Forum to support evidence-informed health systems, and with Grand Challenges Canada to measure and communicate the long-term impacts of global health innovations. Matt recently completed a stint as Research Fellow with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in The Presidency of The Republic of South Africa, where his team mapped housing and human settlements research evidence for decision-makers.
Matt holds a BHSc. (Honours) with a specialization in global health from McMaster University.