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Hello, my name is Abisha Pathmanathan (she/her), and I have received the wonderful opportunity to complete a student placement with the SDGs@UofT. After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough, I am pursuing my MPH at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (Health Promotion) to enhance my passions and knowledge about health promotion and project/program management. Stemming from my work as a student Program Coordinator and Health Promotion Assistant at UTSC’s Health & Wellness Centre, I have developed great pleasure in recognizing, informing, and supporting folks in navigating their health and social determinants of health. With the SDGs@UofT I hope to continue exploring these passions on local, national, and global scales by advocating for and supporting our scholars in conducting transdisciplinary research that can advance the SDGs and inform the post-2030 global goals.

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero is an Associate Professor of Global Health, Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences & Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Centre for Global Health and the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, and co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Promotion. Her program of research examines how evidence affects global policy agendas related to employment, other determinants of health equity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. She also studies population health interventions, using novel conceptual and methodological tools to conduct international comparative policy research on global social and health inequities. Prior to joining the DLSPH, she was the inaugural Deputy Scientific Director with the CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health. She holds a PhD in public health sciences from University of Toronto.

Nicoda Foster is strongly committed to addressing the social determinants of health and advocates for the removal of barriers to improving the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society. She has demonstrated her passion for health equity through her career, working in sustainability, and her research that focuses on the health and wellbeing of minority women in Canada. Over the years, Nicoda has held several progressive administrative roles with organizations such as Toronto Metropolitan University’s Future Skills Centre where she managed funding agreements with over 70 project partners, Sinai Health System where she lead the development of the Geriatrics program’s evaluation and research infrastructure, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario where she supported the uptake of their world renowned best practice guidelines in nursing practice as well as Cancer Care Ontario where she provided leadership in the publication of their yearly report, the Cancer System Quality Index. She received her Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University, her Masters of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and completed her Ph.D. at McMaster University.

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