University of Ottawa student research on women’s health recognized by the Council of Ontario Universities

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013

OTTAWA, May 30, 2013 — University of Ottawa masters student Jillian Gedeon has received the Women’s Health Scholars Award from the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) for her contribution to bettering the lives of women in Ontario and around the world.

Award recipients – this year, doctoral and master’s students from eight Ontario universities – receive research awards of up to $22,000 each from the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards program, established with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Jilllian, a master’s student in the interdisciplinary health sciences program at the University of Ottawa, , is interested in women’s reproductive and sexual health, specifically in refugee and migrant populations on the Thailand-Burma border in regards to the post-abortion care and family planning.

During her studies, she has been part of a variety of initiatives, including the Aboriginal Mentorship Program, Science Travels and the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

She hopes to inform contraceptive service delivery at a high volume clinic operating on the border, and contribute to a better understanding of women’s abortion experiences in this long-term refugee and conflict setting.

She also plans to disseminate the results in Ontario with the aim of improving reproductive health services for refugee women in the province. 

The Ontario women's health scholar award program has been established to ensure that Ontario attracts and retains pre-eminent women’s health scholars to do research that pertains to one or more of the following aspects of women’s health: biomedical research, clinical research and research respecting health systems, women’s health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of women’s health, and environmental influences on women’s health

Read the press release issued by the Council of Ontario Universities.

The University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, is dedicated to forging collaborative research on pressing global issues. We are committed to excellence and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation that attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

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