Efe Atabay

Efe_AtabayEfe Atabay is a Research Assistant at the Institute for Health and Social Policy.  He received his BA in History and Political Science and his MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University. He wrote his Master’s thesis on the history of eugenic thought in Turkey, examining the complex interactions between health, urbanization, gender and science. At the IHSP, Efe worked most extensively with the Poverty Reduction database during its preliminary stages and with the Equity in Constitutions database at its final stages. He has worked on analyzing and cleaning legal data for all the other policy databases as well. As a member of the MACHEquity team, he will be focusing on updating the policy data and its analysis.  Some of Efe’s research interests include poverty alleviation, equitable working conditions and rural development.

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Lauren Maxwell

MaxwellLauren Maxwell completed a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Lauren is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at McGill, with a focus on Social Epidemiology.  Her dissertation research centers on estimating  the effect of intimate partner violence on women’s reproductive health.  Lauren joined the Institute for Health and Social Policy as a Research Assistant with MACHEquity in 2013.  With MACHEquity, Lauren is working with DHS and MICS household surveys to understand the causal impact of policies that are designed to promote maternal and child health on health outcomes in low-and-middle-income countries.  Lauren has extensive field research experience with vulnerable maternal populations including refugee, incarcerated, and immigrant populations in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East.

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Gonzalo Moreno


Gonzalo Moreno received BAs in Translation at the University of Malaga and in International Development at the University of Guelph, and completed his MA in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He is the Project Manager of MACHEquity, where he manages the day-to-day operation of the program, including management and administration duties, interaction with external partners, and coordination of publications and special events. Gonzalo joined McGill University  in January 2010, and before MACHEquity worked on various research projects, including coordinating the conference and publications of Disability and Equity. Gonzalo’s main research interests include the importance of non-health policies as social determinants of health, global health initiatives and financing, and the political economy of development assistance.

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Jennifer Proudfoot

Jennifer_ProudfootJennifer Proudfoot is the Knowledge Mobilisation Specialist for MACHEquity. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the project’s strategy and activities to disseminate research results and to share findings effectively with policymakers and practitioners working to improve the lives of women and children globally. In addition to her work on MACHEequity, Jennifer manages Institute for Health and Social Policy’s McBurney Latin America programs and is responsible for managing outreach and external relations activities by building bridges with academics, policymakers, NGOs and community organizations locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Her background is in international cooperation, community health and development and intercultural communication. She has worked in program management, policy development and inter-sectoral collaboration with universities and nongovernmental international cooperation and human rights organizations. Jennifer has done consulting work in intercultural effectiveness, group facilitation and project management.  Before joining the Institute, she worked at McGill on a basic education and social equity project with Indonesia. Her community health and development experience has led her to work on domestic violence issues in Bolivia, women’s political participation in Chile, environmental education in Brazil, and health promotion for immigrant and refugee women in Toronto. Jennifer received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in community development and social planning, from Wilfrid Laurier University and her BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa.

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Ilona Vincent

Ilona_VincentIlona Vincent received her BA in International Development from the University of Guelph and her MA in Economics from Queen’s University. Before joining the Institute in 2008 she worked for the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Postsecondary Education. She participated in research on topics related to the educational achievements of Chicago high school students as well as the development of a new student tracking system. Her other assignments included evaluation of a college preparatory program implemented in a large urban district setting. Ilona has also done consulting work in the areas of health, energy and labour economics. Her research interests include the impact of social policy on population health and education outcomes.  At the Institute for Health and Social Policy she is currently involved with MACHEquity as a Senior Research Analyst.

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