Name: Reham Abdelhalim, MD, MSc, PhD, CPHQ

Host OHT: Burlington OHT

OHT Location: Burlington

Before embarking on Health Services Research as her field of choice to pursue her PhD, Reham was a medical doctor (specialized in emergency medicine), a healthcare quality professional and a lecturer of Medical Toxicology. Her passion for evaluation, integrated healthcare networks and assessing care experiences led her to evaluating Health Links Ontario as her PhD project at the University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Over the last six years, she has utilized multi-method approaches to evaluate various interventions that aim at integrating care or enhancing primary care services in Canada.

This fall, Reham will be joining Burlington OHT as a post-doctoral fellow where she will evaluate the experiences of providers and individuals enrolled with the OHT and facilitate the co-design of new services and care delivery models. Additionally, she will be exploring and testing the potential of virtual solutions to accelerate system navigation for persons living with complex needs.

“OHTs are a massive transformation towards integrating care for Ontarians. The embedded fellowship will be a great opportunity where I can live the impact of all my cumulative learnings first-hand every day for the duration of the fellowship and hopefully beyond.”


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Name: Charlotte Anderson, MSc. PT, PhD

Host OHT: Scarborough OHT

OHT Location:  Scarborough

Charlotte Anderson is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the Physiotherapy Association of the Yukon. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Physiotherapy and then went onto receive her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine.

She completed her Post Doctoral Fellowship at McMaster University in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Charlotte is a clinician, an educator, a researcher and an entrepreneur.  She has won several awards for her clinical work, has been the recipient of many research grants and has been recognized for her positive impact on healthcare in Toronto.

Charlotte is excited to expand her research skills as an OHT impact fellow, and use her clinical expertise, research background, and Ontario health system knowledge to continue to develop, grow and positively effect Ontario Health Teams.


Name: Robert Barnett, CHE

Host OHT: Muskoka and Area OHT

OHT Location: Muskoka and Area

Robert is affiliated with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. His long career as a data scientist is rooted in the Ontario Health Intelligence Unit program, Home and Community Care services, and Health Sciences education in Northern Ontario and he is proud to have supported a number of start-up and strategic integration initiatives in these settings. He is currently seconded Public Health Sudbury and Districts where he is managing pandemic response data efforts. His research includes the use of geospatial data mining on large administrative health datasets to create northern health delivery models and the translation of existing evidence to support care delivery in rural and northern contexts.

He is very excited to be part of the Muskoka and Area OHT Team and help drive their population health management and analytics strategy and hospital to home modelling efforts, with a focus on using large scale data repositories to inform and develop predictive algorithms.

Robert has degrees in Philosophy & Comparative Religion, and Psychology and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He lives in Sudbury with his wife and two pre-teen sons.


Name: Mulugeta Bayisa Chala, PhD

Host OHT: Western OHT

OHT Location: London and Middlesex County, Ontario

Mulugeta is a physiotherapist by training who has over eight years of teaching, patient care, and research at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. He completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy where his doctoral research focuses on building foundations for research on chronic low back pain self-management in the Ethiopian context.

Mulugeta will work with the Western Ontario Health Team to design an evidence-based evaluation plan to optimize health system performance that aligns with the quadruple aim: improve patient and provider experience, better outcomes, and lower costs. Mulugeta believes that improving health system performance at the local level contributes to building a resilient and evidence-based health system in Ontario.

“The Ontario Health Team impact fellowship is an exciting opportunity for me as I will gain the knowledge and skills needed to build a robust and adaptive health system that is responsive to the health needs of individuals and society in the local context. This fellowship also provides a significant opportunity for me to develop transferable skills and knowledge to contribute to designing an evidence-based health system in Ethiopia. I look forward to contributing to Ontario’s health system and also gaining experience in implementation and evaluation of local priority projects.”



Name: Adora Chui, MScOT, PhD

Host OHT: North York Toronto Health Partners

OHT Location:  North York

Adora is excited to be an OHT Impact Fellow with North York Toronto Health Partners (NYTHP).  She brings her academic training in basic science, clinical training in occupational therapy, and doctoral training in knowledge translation to help co-design population health.  Her PhD research improved understanding of how comorbidities are considered in evidence-based practice, specifically for adults with traumatic brain injury and comorbid depression.

The NYTHP has many innovative projects underway and Adora is excited to focus on North York Community Access to Resources Enabling Supports (NY CARES), a collaborative and multidisciplinary program that helps clients in alternate levels of care transition home with supports.

“As someone who cares deeply about health equity and health outcomes for all Canadians, I am eager to apply my expertise in knowledge translation and systems perspectives to improve program delivery for priority populations.  By joining the OHT, I will have continuous opportunities to develop implementation skills and a greater understanding of integrating research and practice within a learning health system.  I look forward to contributing to program evaluation and evidence-based decision-making so that innovative, equitable, and effective care can be shared and accessed.”

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Name: Élizabeth Côté-Boileau, MSc, PhD


OHT Location: Grand River Hospital (Kitchener, Ontario)

Élizabeth is excited to join the first cohort of Ontario Health Team (OHT) Impact Fellows! Coming from an interdisciplinary background (psychology, public health), Élizabeth recently completed her PhD in health sciences research (2016-2021) at the University of Sherbrooke (Québec). As an awarded fellow from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Élizabeth studied how integrated performance management tools used as health policy reform instruments can bring about practice change in value-based management and governance in health care.

Alongside her research training and interests in health system policy, transformation, governance and improvement, she has embedded consulting experience with national and pan Canadian organizations (e.g., Healthcare Excellence Canada, 2016-2018; Health Standards Organization, 2019-today), supporting theoretically-informed strategic decision-making, capacity building and program development, as well as student engagement roles in Canadian and UK-based research associations (e.g., CAHSPR, SHOC).

Élizabeth will be joining the KW4 OHT team, working aside Ontarian health system leaders and partners to co-design a five-year strategic plan that is people-centred, data-driven and health equity focussed.  “I am eager to bring together both evidence- and experience-based knowledge into health system design best practice implementation. I expect this yearly fellowship to be an outstanding opportunity to set the foundations for a high-functioning strategic capacity within the KW4 OHT, and truly engage with the people in Kitchener-Waterloo for better, safer and more inclusive care.”


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Name: Jennifer Lake, PharmD, PhD

Host OHT: North Toronto Ontario Health Team

OHT Location: Toronto

Jennifer is a pharmacist and educator who recently completed a PhD in Health Services Research at IHPME, University of Toronto. Jennifer’s PhD explored how healthcare professional’s roles are negotiated in primary care teams.

The projects Jennifer will focus on at North Toronto OHT will explore how to assess patients’ needs for interprofessional care and how teams of healthcare professionals can maximize both the patient experiences and outcomes in primary care through collaboration.

Jennifer is interested in how individuals and organizations interact to improve the patient experience and equity of the healthcare system and looks forward to networking with other OHT Fellows during this year on new research opportunities and learning.

During the pandemic, Jennifer embarked on a cooking adventure to make one dish from every country in the world. She was on country 164 when she found out about her acceptance as an OHT Impact Fellow.

“While doing my PhD, I have been teaching both medicine and pharmacy students how to care for patients by improving medication management and collaboration. The ability to link research, clinical practice, and education is an exciting aspect of embedded research.”



Name: Shinjini Mondal, MPH, PhD

Host OHT: Mississauga Ontario Health Team

OHT Location:  Mississauga

Shinjini is a public health professional with a medical background and extensive training in conducting health systems and policy research. She brings a decade of experience and a deep understanding of global public health issues working with complex health systems worldwide in India, South Africa, and countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Shinjini completed her Ph.D. in Family Medicine and Primary Care, examining and improving governance, accountability and coordination in multi-sectoral policy implementation using the tobacco control program.

The focus of Shinjini’s work with the Mississauga Ontario Health Team will be to create and engage in the development and implementation of strategies and approaches to promote partnership for an effectively integrated team setup.

“This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to contribute towards developing integrated care in a complex, rapidly changing healthcare landscape in Ontario. This unique opportunity enables me to apply my research knowledge and skills and engage in meaningful, collaborative research with implementers while also developing professional skills and experience invaluable for my future career.”


Name: Dr. Natalie Dimitra Montgomery, PhD

Host OHT: Lanark, Leeds and Grenville OHT

OHT Location: Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties

Natalie is a researcher, award winning educator and communication practitioner who holds a Master’s degree in Health Communication and a PhD in Population Health both from the University of Ottawa. Her dissertation focused on how IVF patients carry out disclosure to build peer relationships.

Throughout her career, Natalie has used multi-methods to carry-out research with vulnerable populations (new immigrants, women, refugees, patients, youth in recovery, and students) on issues related to health inequities, social supports, and mental health.

As a Board Director at Conceivable Dreams, Natalie advocates for equitable access and public funding for fertility-care. She also served as a Public Member for the College of Nurses of Ontario.

The OHT fellowship is a natural progression to Natalie’s background in communication, patient-care research, and community engagement.  She is passionate about serving more at-risk groups by ensuring that their needs become part of a new model of integrated care.

At the Lanark Leeds Grenville OHT, Natalie plans to use participatory research to align data in primary and acute care clinical systems towards a digital transformation strategy.  She looks forward to engaging residents, patients, others diagnosed with MHA disorder(s), and healthcare/ social service providers and working with a multi-disciplinary team to standardize the patient experience across six local hospitals.


Name: Lauren Tessier, PhD

Host OHT: Chatham-Kent OHT

OHT Location: Chatham

Lauren has a background in neuroscience and bioethics which together, precipitated her interest in dementia research which carried through to her doctoral work, where she focused on furthering the understanding of the relationship between multimorbidity and dementia using health administrative data.

Professionally, Lauren has gained a diverse array of experience while pursuing her graduate studies. Most recently, and most relevant to the OHT Impact fellowship, acting as an implementation support consultant with The Center for Implementation, to help organizations and teams build capacity in implementation and knowledge translation and embed implementation science in their organizational processes.

The identified priority population of the CKOHT are adults aged 55 or older living with heart failure, angina, COPD, diabetes, dementia and/or are complex. As the CKOHT returns its attention towards its priority population following the COVID-19 pandemic, as a fellow, Lauren will be responsible for leading a series of initiatives that contribute to the maturation of the CKOHT decision support and performance evaluation framework. Lauren brings to this role expertise in evaluation, implementation science, and the strategies required for OHT maturation and sustainability.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be embedded in the health system and exposed to its inner workings, as well as for the abundant learning and mentorship opportunities the fellowship has to offer. Ultimately, I am hoping to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that I can use to inform my understanding of the role I can play in improving the health and health system experiences of Ontarians.”



Name: Sarah Xiao, RN, PhD

Host OHT: Downtown East Toronto Ontario Health Team

OHT Location: Unity Health Toronto

Sarah is a Registered Nurse with a PhD in Health Services Research from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. For her doctoral thesis, she developed an instrument to measure and evaluate the quality of discharge planning processes in mental healthcare settings. Her professional nursing career includes experience in pediatrics and mental health, as well as developing clinical and healthy work environment best practice guidelines, managing an international nursing quality improvement data system, and supporting healthcare organizations to monitor and evaluate the impact of best practice guidelines on patient outcomes.

Sarah’s program of work with the Downtown East Toronto OHT involves supporting the evaluation efforts of their local projects and initiatives for their priority populations, people experiencing homelessness (PEH) and mental health and addictions (MHA). Guided by a community-based participatory approach, Sarah will collaborate with work groups, community members, and other key stakeholders to facilitate seamless, equitable, and responsive care for the Downtown East Toronto community.

Aside from her academic and professional endeavours, Sarah finds the most joy and fulfillment in serving and giving back to the local community. She is passionate about senior care, youth mentorship and development, and improving the delivery and quality of healthcare services for individuals with substance use disorders in the community.

“Through the OHT Impact Fellows program, I look forward to applying my skills and experience in healthcare evaluation, quality improvement, and mental health care to address critical, real-world challenges faced by OHTs, broadening my knowledge of how performance data can be used to drive system improvements and effect meaningful change, but more importantly, contributing to building an integrated, sustainable healthcare system that will improve patient care and clinical outcomes for all.”



Name:  Rosanra (Rosie), PhD, MN, NP (She/Her Pronouns)

Host OHT: Mid-West Toronto

OHT Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Born and raised in Toronto to immigrant parents, Rosanra feels rooted working together with the many diverse neighborhoods and communities that she calls home.  Bridging between community-based grass roots programs and formal services to better meet the needs of people and communities has guided her clinical and research work and continues to do so.

For almost 20 years, her clinical and research experience has been in the implementation and evaluation of substance use and mental health programs across a variety of settings.  Her evaluation work has focused on organizational capability in trauma-informed practice and its association with client and staff experiences.

Rosie is excited to spend the next year as an OHT impact fellow with the Mid-West Toronto OHT to work on the development and delivery of a Collaborative Quality Improvement Plan that is rooted in collaboration and engagement of people with living experience, families, community partners, and stakeholders. Her firm belief is that health is achieved through our communities where we all work, live, play, and belong.


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