Founding Editor: Courtney McNamara

Courtney is the founding editor of Healthy Policies. She is also a post-doc in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research interests reside at the intersection of trade, social policy, and health. Courtney received her PhD at the University of York (UK) in 2014. Connect with Courtney via email, on Twitter @DrMcNamara, and LinkedIn.

Guest Contributors:

Lauri Andress

Dr. Andress is the Managing Partner for Andress & Associates, LLC, a U.S. advisory firm on health inequities serving local and state health departments and played an integral role in launching The Centers for Health Equity in Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Andress lectures on the public policy process, principles of public administration, and community organizing. Her research interests include: building and measuring civic capacity; the effects of power on marginalized communities; a comparison and analysis of social capital and community building as levers for improved population health; and agenda setting for the social determinants of health in the United States and Britain. Dr. Andress earned her doctorate in Community Health Science with a concentration in management and policy sciences from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Visit Andress & Associates at

Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran is by training both a biologist and lawyer, and currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Institute of Population Health and the Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada. Professor Attaran’s research emphasizes the subject of health, development and human security in poor countries.

Laura Bisaillion

Bisaillon_PhotographDr. Laura Bisaillon is a social scientist and Assistant Professor in Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. In her research, she focuses attention on the Canadian immigration system, the application of policy and law, the social organization of knowledge, and HIV and AIDS. Her doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of Ottawa in 2012, was an exploration and critique of the inner workings of the medical and bureaucratic practices regulating immigration to Canada for people living with HIV. Through her domestic program of research, (she also conducts social science health research in the Horn of Africa), Dr. Bisaillon aims to provide an empirically informed dimension to policy and law making in Canada. She is fluently bilingual in English and French. For more information about Dr. Bisaillon’s work, see her academic website:

Krycia Cowling

Krycia Cowling is a doctoral student in health policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation research examines the relationship between increasing trade liberalization and changes in tobacco, alcohol, and dietary consumption, across countries and over time. Krycia has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master of Public Health in Global Health, both from the University of Washington, and previously worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Public Health Foundation of India.

Roberto DeVogli

Roberto De Vogli is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California Davis (UCD) and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL.) His first book, entitled “Progress or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed”, published by Routledge in January 2013, is a wake-up call on the converging crises of neoliberal globalization.

Sebastián Peña Fajuri

Sebastián Peña Fajuri is a Chilean medical doctor with a European MSc in International Health and currently works in Finland as an associate editor of a Health in All Policies book for the Global Conference on Health Promotion in Helsinki 2013. He has also worked in planning a large population health survey in Finland and as a GP and advisor of Chilean Ministry of Health in Chile. [] Follow Sebastián on Twitter @ s_pena


Deborah Gleeson

Deborah GleesonDr Deborah Gleeson is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on the impact of international trade agreements on health. She also acts as spokesperson for the Public Health Association of Australia in relation to the TPP. She has been closely following the TPP negotiations over the last four years, has observed six TPP negotiating rounds from the margins, and has authored a large number of research publications, technical papers and opinion pieces about the risks associated with the TPP.

Kate Jongbloed

Kate Jongbloed is the web coordinator for, a Canada-wide online resource on HIV and housing. She blogs weekly for Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl campaign to engage young Canadian girls in global gender issues. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on harm reduction, housing stability and HIV vulnerability among young Aboriginal people who use drugs as part of the Cedar Project. Connect with Kate via email, @katejongbloed or @hivhousing on twitter, or on LinkedIn

Ronald Labonté

Ronald Labonté holds a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; and in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia. His work focuses on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization, on which he has published extensively. From 2005 until 2008 he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, some of the work of which is published in the book, Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2009). Present research interests include health equity impacts of comprehensive primary health care reforms; health worker migration; medical tourism; global health diplomacy; globalization, trade and tobacco control; and trade and food security. He is active with the Peoples Health Movement.

David Legge

David is a teacher of public health at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he has been teaching health policy since 1995. He has teaching and research interests in the political economy of health, comparative health systems, primary health care and international health policy. Since 1998 he has been teaching and researching health policy in China. David has also been involved with the international People’s Health Movement since its formation in December 2000 in Bangladesh. One of his main involvements with PHM is coordinating WHO Watch which includes watching the current process of WHO reform. His other main involvement with PHM has been with the International People’s Health University. This is a short course program in the political economy of health for health activists. Since the first course in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2005 there have been 18 further IPHU courses around the world with around 700 participants by mid 2011.

Margaret Moss

Dr. Moss is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Nursing. She is one of only 20 doctorally-prepared American Indian nurses in the country and is the first and only one to hold both Nursing and Juris Doctorates. Dr. Moss was a 2008-2009 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Craig Parker

Currently a technical Advisor on Adult Care and Treatment at the Aurum Institute in Johannesburg South Africa. The Aurum Institute is a leading TB and HIV research/programmatic NGO which supports the South African Public Health System. Responsibilities include developing the Quality Improvement support model for the Primary Health Care facilties we support as well as investigating the main causal mechanisms behind patients not coming back to get their Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART). I find my work exciting and important however I think we are too focused on a bio-medical paradigm and don’t take into account the social drivers of poor health outcomes. This is what I hope to gain/investigate through my engagement with the “Health Policies” blog so that the interventions we design at Aurum take this on board more thoroughly. Previously, I have worked with the Treatment Action Campaign in community mobilization while I have a MSc in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.

Maria M. Pawlowska

Healthcare analyst with a passion for reproductive health and gender issues in health care provision. Maria has a PhD from Cambridge, where she was a Gates scholar, and has worked with the Global Poverty Project and RESULTS UK. Her articles on different aspects of reproductive and women’s rights have been published by The Maternal Health Task Force, RH Reality Check and others. She lives in London with her husband. You can reach her at: []

David Phipps

Dr. Phipps is Director of Research Services and Knowledge Exchange at York University in Toronto, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto). After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). [] Follow Dr. Phipps on Twitter @researchimpact

Mark Santow

Dr. Santow is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of “Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze” (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming “Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City” (University of Chicago Press), his teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. He is presently writing a book on home ownership, entitled “Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership in the Modern U.S.

Ashley Schram

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Ashley Schram is a PhD Candidate in the interdisciplinary Population Health doctoral program at the University of Ottawa. Her dissertation examines the pathways between international trade and investment agreements and noncommunicable diseases, with a focus on the role of private actors and investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in national regulatory policy space and the role of the food industry in creating obesogenic food environments.

Ted Schrecker

In June 2013, Ted Schrecker moved from Canada to take up a position as Professor of Global Health Policy at Durham University. His academic background is in political science, and for the past decade his research has addressed the relations between population health and globalization from the perspective of what is now called critical globalization studies. Ted is the editor of the Ashgate Research Companion to the Globalization of Health (2012), and the author or co-author of numerous articles and book chapters on globalization and health, many of which are available through his Durham web page. Until he left Canada, he wrote a critical and controversial blog on health equity in the Canadian context for the province of Ontario’s Population Health Improvement Research Network.

Beth Thomas

373853_2541256085033_2072131444_nBeth is a final year medical student at the University of Glasgow who has been working with Medsin UK for the past 5 years. She is currently the Scottish and Northern Irish Coordinator of Medsin UK and as such has been working on numerous campaigns including promoting health equity in Glasgow. She first became aware of the inequities in health in her first year public health lectures at Glasgow University, but began to find out more about the government initiatives trying to address these inequities during her Global Health BSc in 2012. Next year, Beth hopes to continue working on researching health inequalities while completing her first foundation year as a junior doctor.

Kate Thomson

Kate is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health at Birmingham City University. Her main interests are in global health & policy, health inequalities, disability and health system reform. She completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham on welfare system developments in post-communist Russia, and is currently researching health reforms in the Russian Federation. In 2011, she co-founded the Public Health Twitter Journal Club. Connect with Kate on Twitter: @KateT_Health, or LinkedIn.