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Global Peer Program: International Women’s Day Panel

Brought to you by Empowering Women In Health & The YI Global Peer Program.
JOIN US to celebrate women’s leadership in health, network with our panel of distinguished leaders in the field and learn about how YOU can start changing the existing inequities in this gendered field!
To register for the event, and to see the full schedule, visit theevent website.
The keynote address “A Primer for Becoming and Being A Leader in Health” will be delivered by ProfessorRebecca Pillai Riddell, associate vice-president research, York University. Pillai Riddell completed her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. As a health scientist, her research is funded by all three federal research agencies and focuses on understanding the development of young children’s pain responses (biological and behavioural), in the context of their caregivers.
Following the keynote, three female leaders in health will participate in a panel discussion:

Nadia Prendergast(RN, PhD) – Prendergast is an assistant professor in York University’s Faculty of Health, School of Nursing. She completed her master’s and PhD degrees in education and Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto, where her area of research focused on the experiences of internationally educated nurses of colour working within Canada’s multiculturalism practices. Prendergast’s areas of interests reside in primary health care, community development, women’s health and equity studies.
Farah Ahmad(MBBS, MPH, PhD) – Ahmad is an associate professor in York University’s Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management. After completing a bachelor’s in medicine, she went on to get a master’s in international health from Harvard University and a PhD in public health from the University of Toronto. Ahmad is a health service researcher with a focus on primary care settings, psychosocial health, vulnerable communities and eHealth innovations.
Ruth Rodney(RN, PhD) – Rodney is an assistant professor in York University’s Faculty of Health, School of Nursing. She completed her master’s in global health management at McMaster University, and her PhD degree in nursing and global health as part of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Collaborative Doctoral Program from the University of Toronto. Her focus is on on understanding health through social, political, economic, and historical realms, with the desire to eliminate health disparities caused by various forms of discrimination.


Mar 12 2021


11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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