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  • January 17, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Special note: This seminar will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to receive the link and password two hours before the seminar. Please note that space is limited.

This seminar is co-hosted with the Global Public Health and Health Systems Improvement through Implementation Science Cluster at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Speakers: Vajini Atukorale, Kainat Bashir, Christoffer Dharma, Dane Mauer-Vakil, Mariame Ouedraogo, Mercedes Sobers

Title: An equity-focused evaluation of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans proposed by six Canadian provinces

Speakers Bio:

Our six-person team of scientists includes PhD and MSc students following either the Health Services Research (IHPME) or Epidemiology (DLSPH) research tracks at the University of Toronto. Our group includes members of multiple ethnicities and lived experiences, with various research interests: implementation science, health equity, vaccines, mental health, maternal and child health and nutrition, and sexual health. Our diverse backgrounds drive our research interests into how various vulnerable groups are prioritized in the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan across multiple Canadian provinces.

Our multidisciplinary research team brings a wealth of expertise to the program, including those who already have a strong background in implementation science and knowledge translation. Some members have experience with infectious disease outbreak investigations, along with studying the effective communication of vaccine science and policy. Several members have expertise with community-based, participatory action research, including among marginalized or vulnerable populations. Our group as a whole has strengths in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, social network analysis, predictive modeling, performance measurement, and machine learning.

As a team, we are very interested in learning more about the approaches and methods to bridge the gaps between research evidence and its effective and sustainable translation into healthcare practice.

About the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, DLSPH:

With leadership housed at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, we are developing an interdisciplinary group of academic researchers, educators and public health advocates. Our vision is to catalyze cutting-edge research and education that maximizes the health benefits of immunization for everyone.

We aim to contribute locally and globally to healthy communities through excellence in interdisciplinary vaccine-preventable disease and immunization research and education.

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