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2022 PHAA Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is in recognition of leadership in bringing about measurable positive change, using innovative approaches to change, and motivating others to improve the field of public/population health. Congratulations to Emily Keats on receiving this year’s Emerging Public Health Leader Alumni Award, on behalf of the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Interview with 2022 PHAA Emerging Leader Award Recipient: Emily Keats

Emily Keats
Alumni, 2015
BSc, Anatomy & Cell Biology
PhD, Pathology 

How did you become interested in your field?
I undertook my PhD prior to my MPH in Epidemiology. When I came to the end of my PhD work, I knew that I was going to stay in research, but I wanted to make the switch from basic science to more population-based health research. That’s why I decided on an MPH at Dalla Lana. The practicum I undertook at SickKids really helped to cement my specific interest in global health and nutrition.

Tell us about any interesting projects you are working on. 
I am currently on maternity leave (and that is an interesting project, in and of itself!). Prior to mat leave, I was working on a mixed-methods, multi-country study to better understand the determinants of child stunting decline (and barriers to decline). Stunting is an indicator of chronic child malnutrition and is a key marker of country progress, for nutrition and development in general. The results of this work are meant to provide in-country decision-makers with evidence-based examples of successful interventions to improve nutrition.

What do you enjoy most about your career position? 
I love working with researchers and teams across countries to answer a specific research question. Having the privilege to interact with so many different partners expands knowledge and provides insights into context that you could never hope to gain by yourself.

In what ways has your experience at the School had an impact on your career and who you are today? 
My experience at Dalla Lana was invaluable, not only for the important epidemiologic research skills that I gained, but because it propelled me into the role I’m in today. I started out as a practicum student at SickKids’ Centre for Global Child Health back in 2015 and have been given the opportunity to grow into my current position of Senior Research Associate. This has allowed me many freedoms in terms of research design and evaluation, along with some really unique experiences (like meeting Bill Gates in the flesh!).

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path? 
Be open to trying new things; ask many questions; keep up with the current scientific literature.

Institute for Pandemics

Presented by the Institute for Pandemics at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Supporting Partner Closing the Gap Healthcare: 

Pillars of the Pandemic – Recipients Announced

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) and supporting partner Closing the Gap Healthcare (CTG) respectfully and gratefully recognize all nominees of Pillars of the Pandemic, a new interdisciplinary recognition series created to honour the contributions to public health and healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic by health and healthcare professionals and volunteers across Ontario. 

A Selection Committee invited to participate by Dean Steini Brown, comprised of a diverse group of individuals with lived expertise and relevant experience within the public health and healthcare systems, deliberated on the nominations.

The Selection Committee has chosen 13 honoured recipients of the Pillars of the Pandemic initiative. 

These distinguished individuals will receive: a  profile published on Healthy Debate - among other opportunities. 

Coming Soon!

Recipients to be profiled Summer/Fall 2021.

Supporting Partners:
DLSPH and Closing the Gap Healthcare.

For any specific issues or inquiries, please contact:

Erica Thomas
Administrative Assistant, Strategic Initiatives
Dalla Lana School of Public Health