Qualitative Interviewer/ Research Assistant, IRIS Project
Elmira is an MPH student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She completed an honours BSc in Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia, where she focused on global health and international nutrition. During her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in an exchange program at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also obtained the International Health (Tropical Medicine) Certificate. A noteworthy experience she gained in the field of women’s health was a research project she became involved with in Uganda, where she studied the challenges faced by rural pregnant women when accessing care. Her interest in women’s health led her to work as a Settlement Support Worker/ Group Facilitator with refugee women with children under 5 at the Family Centre, MOSAIC BC. Her interest in global health and women’s health stems from her personal experience of being born in Iran, growing up as a refugee in Azerbaijan, and immigrating to Canada, where her and her family have resided for the past 20 years. In addition to working as a Qualitative Interviewer/ Research Assistant with the IRIS study (Evaluating Inequities in Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Sexual Health Access), she also works at the Human Milk Bank with the Provincial Health Services Authority.