Dr. Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto is the first recipient of MacEwan University’s new Chair of International Health Research.

New Chair of International Health Research announced

October 1, 2020 | Science, Health
MacEwan University is announcing the first recipient of its new Chair of International Health Research. Dr. Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto, assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing, will hold the position for the next three years.

MacEwan’s newest chair position was created with an endowment from the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE), which has established or contributed to five major endowment funds during its 25-year partnership with the university. The new Chair of International Health Research will focus on scholarly projects connected to international health, primarily in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Introducing another research chair position at the university is a sign of growth in MacEwan’s research, scholarly and creative activity landscape, says Dr. Craig Kuziemsky, associate vice-president, research.

“Research chairs are expected to be leaders in the MacEwan research community,” he says. “As our culture of scholarly activity continues to grow, chairs will play a significant role as mentors to help newer faculty members develop and nurture their scholarly activity.”

As the Chair of International Health and Research, Dr. Burgess-Pinto will receive teaching release time and a one-time grant to support her project, which will explore the perceptions of nursing in Ukraine. Burgess-Pinto will work with Dr. Mary Asirifi, Dr. Judee Onyskiw and Larisa Hayduk at MacEwan, along with Dr. Svitlana Yastremska and colleagues from Ternopil National Medical University.

“The creation of this new chair position not only reflects positively on the research nursing faculty members have been involved in over the years, it will also increase the Faculty of Nursing’s research capacity and output,” says Dr. Fred McGinn, interim dean of the Faculty of Nursing.

Meet the first Chair of International Health Research

Dr. Elizabeth Burgess-Pinto is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing. Her clinical experience and interest are primarily in the fields of pediatrics/child health nursing and community health nursing. She has taught courses in community health nursing, population health, global health, and research methods, and co-developed a graduate course on migration and health in the Canadian context.

Burgess-Pinto’s research interests include the health of immigrant and refugee children and families, international and intercultural nursing, and planetary health. She was national coordinator for the New Canadian Children and Youth Study, an interdisciplinary survey of the well-being of immigrant and refugee children and youth in six Canadian cities.

Burgess-Pinto has been a member of the MacEwan Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project team since its inception. Currently, she leads a project in partnership with Ternopil National Medical University in Ukraine and the Catholic University of the Maule in Chile, that focuses on COVID-19.


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