Ms. Rabail Siddiqui

Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology, Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology, Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology

Affiliations:

Clinical Research Assistant at the University Health Network , Clinical Research Assistant at the University Health Network ,

Research Interests:

Orthopaedics Women's health Mental health Social determinants of health

Brief Bio:

Research has always been a part of my life: from my high school International Baccalaureate Diploma research project in biology to my HBSc in Biology thesis in immunology and my MPH research project in sexual violence and public health. I also worked as an Orthopaedic Research Assistant at Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, coordinating orthopaedic clinical research studies. However, I have always felt something was missing; merely conducting research and obtaining results did not satisfy me. My experience working with clinical research patients in the vulnerable and isolated Northwestern Ontario made me realize the reason for my dissatisfaction: I want to bring the same benefits research patients experience to all patients. I want to be a research translator.

Capstone Project:

Social isolation is a significant public health concern in the senior population. The National Seniors Council defines social isolation as “a low quantity and quality of contact with others, [that] includes number of contacts, feeling of belonging, fulfilling relationships, engagement with others, and quality of network members”. Social isolation can lead to worsened health outcomes including an increase in falls, depression, heart attacks and strokes as well as increased healthcare costs. Current events and research strongly indicate a need for social connectedness in seniors to increase their physical and mental well-being. The Health and Wellness programs at Etobicoke Services for Seniors (ESS) are an opportunity to facilitate social connectedness; however, due to the challenges created by COVID-19, the creation of effective virtual programming requires translational research methods. The goal of our project is to work in collaboration with ESS Support Services to create virtual programming that addresses the need for social connectedness in seniors. Through our collaboration, we will incorporate the perspectives of users (seniors) and facilitators (staff), which will be essential in approaching this problem holistically.

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