Speaker: Susan Elliott
Medical geography is one of the oldest sub-disciplines in geography, and yet I spend a good portion of time at many meetings justifying my (intellectual!) existence. Medial (or health) geographers have actually played a significant role in shaping health policy in this country and beyond. I’ll use my time to explore a couple of examples that I have been involved in, and profile one grand experiment currently underway.
Professor of Geography and Public Health, Susan Elliott completed her PhD (1992) and has worked as a faculty member at 3 Canadian research intensive universities. She has an active research career, with over 150 peer reviewed publications related to environment and (public) health, focused on Canada and the developing world. She has also supervised 30+ graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to completion. She has undertaken a range of administrative and research leadership roles including Director of the Institute of Environment and Health (McMaster), Senior Research Fellow in the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Dean of Social Sciences (McMaster) and Dean of Health Sciences (Waterloo). For the past 6 years, she has been a program lead for the AllerGen NCE (gene environment interactions as they relate to allergic disease) for the theme: Patients, Policy and Public Health. She is PI for the development of a National Food Allergy Strategy for Canada and the PI of GLOWING – the development of a Global Index of Wellbeing, based upon the successful Canadian Index of Wellbeing. She is also a Senior Editor for Social Science and Medicine.
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