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GHF2014 – PS21 – Political Analysis of Global Health Policy Making: A Recipe

Political Analysis of Global Health Policy Making: A Recipe
Prof. Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
An Exploration of How Health is Positioned in Canadian Foreign Policy
Prof. Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada Research Chair, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
The Integration of Health into Foreign Policy: Health is Global
Dr. Michelle Gagnon
Vice President, Adjunct Professor, Norlien Foundation and University of Calgary, Canada
Ms. Miriam Faid
Visiting Professor, CAPES-Fiocruz/CDTS, Centre for Technological Development in Health (CDTS), Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil
Mr. Mohsin Ali
United Kingdom
Ms. Sarah Rostom
McMaster University, Hamliton, Ontario, Canada

Ronald_LabontéProf. Ronald Labonté

Prof. Labonté is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. His current research interests include globalization as a ‘determinant of determinants’ (he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health); ethics, human rights and global health development; global migration of health workers; revitalization of comprehensive primary health care; global health diplomacy.

He recently reviewed the various policy frames (security, development, global public goods, trade, human rights and ethical/moral reasoning) for health in foreign policy that inform global health diplomacy.

Gagnon PhotoDr. Michelle Gagnon

I began my career as a health professional and after working in a variety of health care settings pursued management studies and spent about a decade working for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). My work focused on health services and policy research and population and public health and in particular on how to support and promote the application of knowledge in policy and practice. Given I was working in a health research organization and was very interested in interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches to finding solutions to major health issues through research, I decided to pursue a doctorate in population health from the University of Ottawa. I focused on global health diplomacy and the integration of health into foreign policy under Professor Ronald Labonté. I am interested in policy relevant research and global health issues at the macro level such as governance and the role that actors from public, private and civil sectors play in the global health policy making process.

In addition to my academic and research interest, I continue to pursue an eclectic professional career aligned with my interests and experience in population health and knowledge translation. I am currently Vice President of a private foundation located in Alberta, Canada that Mobilizes knowledge about early childhood development and its link to lifelong health (lifecourse model), in particular addiction and mental health, by engaging with and brokering relationships across science, policy and practice.

Miriam.Faid_pictureMs. Miriam Faid

With parents coming from two countries that could probably not be any more different in terms of their socio-economic and political liberties and development stages – Norway and Eritrea - Miriam’s personal and professional perspective has always been shaped and guided by this particular background. Having grown up in Germany where she pursued her graduate studies in Political Sciences and with stints in Portugal, Brazil, Belgium and Norway, her more recent professional journey was significantly shaped by a 6-year long stay in Geneva, where she completed a master’s and PhD degree in International Studies. With Geneva being the world’s global health hub, there was no other way but to get involved academically and professionally in this complex but fascinating governance realm. With emerging countries taking up new identities, roles and responsibilities in global health, she is particularly interested in the Global South, most specifically on South-South health cooperation initiatives. Most recently she started a Visiting Professorship at the Centre for Technological Development in Health (CDTS), Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this function, she identifies and initiates opportunities for cooperation between Fiocruz/CDTS and public, private and philanthropic institutions worldwide, aiming to promote scientific and technological development and innovation with a focus on neglected diseases.

PS21_Sarah_Roston_squareMs. Sarah Rostom

Sarah Rostom is currently interning at the World Health Organization in the Department of Service Delivery and Safety, focusing on the Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration initiative. She is also working part-time as a research associate for a project commissioned by the Canadian government on essential medicines procurement. Her research experiences and interests lie at the nexus of global health, law, and policy—which she hopes to continue as a lawyer, researcher and advocate in the future. Sarah holds a Bachelors of Arts & Science (Hons) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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