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The McMaster Health Forum Student Leadership Team oversees the coordination of a variety of events aimed at providing opportunities for professional growth, and fostering learning, interdisciplinary discussion and collective action among students to address pressing health challenges.

Since its establishment in 2009, the Student Leadership Team has organized panel discussions and debates, public talks, workshops and 'speed-mentoring' events that give students the chance to meet one-on-one with leaders in Canadian and other health systems. All events encourage active dialogue and debate between participants and presenters. For more information on they key elements of dialogues and debates, see Promoting discussion: Dialogue versus debate.

Convening these events gives students a chance to explore the issues, interact with leading doers and thinkers, and bring topical health challenges to the McMaster student community's attention.

Recent student-led events

  • Event: Panel discussion
    Title: Cannabis on Campus Public Forum
    Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
    Partners: Arrive and Thrive
    Location: Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery 1102

    When marijuana is legalized in Canada, what issues will youth and large public institutions such as colleges and universities face, and how should they respond?

    Cannabis on Campus Social Media

  • Event: Panel discussion
    Title: Gender Equity in Research and Health Policy
    Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    Location: McMaster Health Forum, DialogueSpace

    The McMaster Health Forum Student Leadership Team is holding a speaker panel event on gender equity in research and health policy.

    This panel is a unique opportunity for students to learn about pressing health challenges
    and their intersections with gender.

    To register for this free event, please visit to access the application. The deadline for registration is 23 November 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

    For more information, see the event poster.

  • Event: Public talk
    Title: A critical description of the Ugandan Health System
    Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    Location: McMaster Health Forum DialogueSpace and by webinar

    Boniface Mutatina, a McMaster Health Forum Queen Elizabeth Scholar in Strengthening Health Systems, provides a critical overview of the Ugandan healthcare system.

    The Ugandan health system, like other systems, aims to achieve, promote and sustain good health for its people. The health system has been evolving over the last 3 to 4 decades to handle emerging concerns and challenges to the health situation in the country. Currently, healthcare delivery is done through a decentralized framework mostly, through modern and to some extent traditional practices. According to international health indicators, healthcare in Uganda is becoming more accessible and robustly a public donor-private interlinked sector. The aim of this paper is to provide a critical description of the Uganda healthcare system; it utilizes the WHO framework to provide a detailed description of the Uganda Health System.

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