Valentina Antonipillai


Valentina Antonipillai is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Her research interests span examining complex health systems and policies and improving equitable health outcomes for vulnerable populations. She employs mixed methodological approaches in her work, with an emphasis on social epidemiology and intersectionality theory. Her current research focuses on the COVID-19 crisis in Long-Term Care, investigating the social, political, ethical and economic dimensions of resident care in Canada. Valentina previously completed her PhD in Health Policy from McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Schwartz. Her dissertation examined the effects of inequitable access to health and prescription drug insurance, contributing evidence to inform inclusive migration and health policies. This work has been recognized through awards and fellowships from the MacData Institute, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network and Canadian Research Data Centre Network. For her MSc thesis in Global Health, she explored the impact of health insurance cutbacks on health care access and provision for refugees. Valentina also holds an Honours BSc in Human Biology, Health and Disease from the University of Toronto.