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2018 Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies

Ayah Nayfeh, recipient of 2018 Micharel Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies

SE Health is pleased to announce that Ayah Nayfeh has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies. Congratulations!

SE Health seeks high-performing students entering first year graduate health leadership/policy program who are passionate about making a difference in the Canadian health care landscape. While it will support students across the country, it will also aptly reflect Michael Decter’s legacy and honour his name and health leadership contributions.

Ayah Nayfeh is a PhD graduate student in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her doctoral research focuses on improving the quality and equity of end-of-life care for Canadians of multicultural backgrounds.

Ayah currently holds a position as an Improvement Lead at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, where she is supporting the implementation and evaluation of a quality improvement initiative aimed at reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in 60+ long-term care homes across New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario. She has also held positions in Maternal and Child Health at Canada's International Development Research Centre; Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and Health Economics and Policy Research at the Conference Board of Canada. 

Ayah has won a number of scholarships and awards for her research, leadership, and academic achievements, including the Canadian Frailty Network’s Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Bruyere’s Health Sciences Research Award, and the University of Ottawa’s Dean’s Scholarship award. She graduated with a MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa and currently serves as Associate Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences. She has also served as a reviewer for several leading journals (e.g., Canadian Family Physician, OMEGA Journal on Death and Dying) and conferences (e.g., 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Canadian Conference on Global Health 2016).

Please join us in congratulating Ayah!

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