Huish named Trudeau scholar

July 08, 2004, vol. 30, no. 6
By Diane Luckow

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Robert Huish has been to Cuba seven times and was once hospitalized there, where he received prompt medical attention in less time than it took to travel to the hospital.

A PhD student in geography, Huish is studying health inequalities in Latin America. His research focuses on the Latin American school of medicine in Havana, an institute that trains poor students from rural Latin America to become qualified physicians in their home countries.

The initiative, says Huish, will allow Cuba, a country of 11 million people, with one of the highest levels of health and health care anywhere in the western hemisphere, to help increase medical access abroad.

Now, Huish will use a new Trudeau foundation scholarship and a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral scholarship to investigate how the medical school's first graduates in rural areas actually fare in providing equitable participatory health care to people in rural regions.

Named a 2004 Trudeau scholar, Huish is among 14 Canadian and international doctoral candidates to receive the prestigious scholarship, worth $150,000 over three years to support research, travel and related expenses. All candidates must be pursuing research touching upon one of the four themes of the foundation: human rights and social justice; responsible citizenship; Canada and the world; and humans and their natural environment.

The SSHRC scholarship is valued at $20,000 a year for three years.

“There is a commitment between the scholar and the Trudeau foundation to not just work in the realm of academia but to also encourage dialogue in the public sphere,” notes Huish.

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