Dr. Basmah Almujadidi is an international medical graduate (M.B.B.S.) from Saudi Arabia. She successfully completed an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences in 2014 at the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University under the co-supervision of Dr. Anne Andermann and Prof. Tibor Schuster. Her research includes qualitative inquiry to better understand Saudi primary healthcare physicians’ perspectives and experiences in addressing the social determinants of health in clinical care, as well as a pilot RCT to assess a locally adapted educational intervention (i.e. the CLEAR toolkit) designed to improve physicians’ knowledge, empathy, and behavioral intention to integrate social determinants of health into daily clinical practice, particularly when caring for vulnerable and marginalized patients.
Contact: basmah.almujadidi [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Almujadidi B, Andermann A, Andersson N, Schuster T. On behalf of the CLEAR Collaboration. A Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial for the Evaluation of an Educational Online Intervention aiming to improve Primary Care Physicians’ Awareness on Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Clinical Care in Saudi Arabia. North American Primary Care Research Group. Montreal, Canada: November 2017.
Almujadidi B, Andermann A. The role of primary care physicians and the nature of inter- professional collaboration in addressing the social determinants of health in a large university teaching hospital in Saudi Arabia. Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottawa, Canada: October 2017.
Almujadidi, B, Andermann A. On behalf of the CLEAR Collaboration. Addressing social determinants of health in a Saudi primary care setting: A mixed methods approach. North American Primary Care Research Group. Colorado Springs, USA: November 2016.
Almujadidi, B, Andermann A on behalf of the CLEAR Collaboration. Addressing social determinants of health in a Saudi primary care setting. McGill Global Health Programs – Global Health Night. Montreal, Canada: October 2016.
Funding and awards
Full scholarship from the Government of Saudi Arabia administered by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada. September 2015-Present.
Department of Family Medicine Academic Excellence Research Award (2000$). October 2016.
Antonio Ribas is a physiotherapist from Brazil. He has recently completed his Masters in Public Policy and Development at the University of Brasilia (Brazil), and started his PhD at the same institution. For his Masters, Antonio researched the outcomes of the Mas Medicos (more doctors) program, implemented by the Brazilian Ministry of Health to facilitate access to primary health care physicians for the most vulnerable and deprived regions of Brazil. His research was presented at the 22nd World Conference on Health Promotion and it is soon to be published in a book. As part of a “sandwich PhD” program, Antonio spent half a year in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University as a Graduate Research Trainee under the supervision of Dr. Anne Andermann, with a full scholarship from the Comissão de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nivel Superior (CAPES) in Brazil. During this time he participated in two research groups relating to the theme of Homeless and Marginally Housed Persons – one at a national level to develop Canadian evidence-based guidelines for this population, and the other at a local community level in Montreal, involving the piloting of a community outreach clinic in Cote des Neiges. He contributed to a research group regarding interventions that are effective in improving the retention of health workers, especially in rural and remote areas. He also translated the CLEAR toolkit into Portuguese. Antonio is currently working as National Consultant in Health Education Management, in the Technical Unit of Human Capacities for Health at the Brazilian Office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Brasilia, Brazil.
Contact: antonio.ribas [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Funding and awards
Comissão de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nivel Superior (CAPES), Brazil, 2017.
Parnor Madjitey is a biochemist and a bioethicist trained at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium and at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has thirteen years of research experience working with a team of scientists on a multidisciplinary case-control study of malaria in a Ghanaian local community. He worked as the team leader at both the field site and in the malaria project laboratory. He has also been involved in non-communicable disease research in various locations in Ghana and taught public health ethics courses at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. The focus of his Master’s thesis which was carried out during the Ebola response was on the duty to care versus personal safety – ethical dilemmas in the face of infectious disease outbreaks. He started his PhD in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University in 2018, and has an interest in exploring how to promote health equity at the intersection of primary health care, global health and public health ethics.
Contact: parnor.madjitey [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Funding and awards
GET Fund Ghana, Doctoral Research Scholarship, 2018-2021.