European Region

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The IWG European region aims to explore underreported issues that are impacting the effectiveness of health systems, both in the EU and abroad. In addition, the team aims to provide opportunities for the next generation of public health scholars to connect with one another and contribute to the advancement of the field. The EUR Region wants to make it a priority to contribute to the knowledge base of health systems research by supporting research projects aimed at understanding and addressing the social, political, and commercial determinants of health. The team hopes to provide members the opportunity to share their ideas and points of view through multi-format engagements and publishing and involve faculty and students at leading institutions across Europe as they build and expand the community.

Magali Collonnaz is a steering committee representative for the European Region currently residing in France. She is a medical doctor specialised in Public Health. She holds a first MSc in Epidemiology degree and just completed her MSc Public Health (Environment and Health Stream) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has recently started a PhD in Epidemiology in France. Her main topics of interest are child and teenage health as well as environmental health.

Laura Haywood is a steering committee representative for the European Region currently living in London. She was originally an anaesthetist and intensive care doctor, also spending time doing some very exciting retrieval medicine and simulation teaching for acute medical teams. She made the switch to public health, concentrating on children and young people and social determinants of health. She has a first MSc in Tropical Medicine and second in Public Health, specialising in environmental public health, both from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working in UK local government as a public health speciality registrar, focusing on infant mortality,

James Coughlan is a regional leader for the European Region. He is a final year dental student at Queen Mary, University of London, having taken a year out to pursue Master of Science in Public Health (Health Economic Stream) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His areas of interest are health financing digital health and oral health.

Roubitha David is a regional leader for the European Region currently residing in India. She recently completed a Joint Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is currently working as a consultant on a health system reform project by the World Bank in India. Her research and policy interests lie in the financing of healthcare, mental health and the intersection of public health and development.

Meg McCarty is a regional leader for the European Region. She is an American just wrapping up her Master of Science in Public Health (Health Services Research Stream), and has prior training in Medical Anthropology and Health Policy. Alongside the MSc, Meg has been working as a consultant for clinicians and implementers to develop and adapt protocols for use by African Ministries of Health in planning health system responses to COVID-19.

Joy Muhia is a regional leader for the European region of the IWG HSS. She is pursuing a joint Master of science in Global Mental Health from King’s College London and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her public health interests are strengthening mental health systems ensuring equitable and quality access.

Meena Tafazzoli is the Regional Coordinator for EU Region of the IWG HSS and a candidate in the MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (expected Oct. 2021). Prior to her Masters, Meena worked for 5 years as a strategy consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, where she advised multinational pharmaceutical companies on how to change their practices and policies to better serve patients. As a result, her academic and research interests include healthcare systems reform, pharmaceutical drug pricing and approvals, health economics, and migrant health. Alongside the MSc, Meena has been volunteering in her community in London to support the local (and hyper-local) COVID response effort.