Dr. Christine Czoli
Health System Impact Fellow Profile

Christine Czoli
Host Partner Organization:
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Name of Host Partner Organization Supervisor:
Mr. Manuel Arango
Location (city, province):
Ottawa, ON
Academic Institution:
University of Ottawa
Name of Academic Supervisor:
Dr. Monique Potvin Kent
Duration of Fellowship:
2 years
Title of Fellowship / Program of Work:
Obesity prevention in Canada: Fiscal policy interventions to reduce consumption of sugary drinks
Contact Information:
Social media page(s): Twitter: @CCzoli


I completed my PhD in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, with a focus on population health interventions for tobacco control. My leadership skills in research and student volunteerism and engagement were recognized through a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In addition, my academic training was complemented by collaborative learning opportunities offered through the CIHR-funded Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention (PICDP) Training Grant. My doctoral research has directly impacted Canadian public health policy and practice, informing policy on electronic cigarettes at the provincial and federal levels. Through the CIHR HSI Fellowship, I hope to apply knowledge and skills from tobacco control to obesity prevention, conducting research to inform policy that can impact the lives of Canadians.

Fellowship Program of Work

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a Canadian health charity whose mission is to prevent disease, save lives, and promote recovery in relation to heart disease and stroke. Presently, 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke, such as obesity. Through my program of research, I hope to provide Heart & Stroke with evidence regarding policy interventions for obesity prevention. My research findings will inform the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s advocacy efforts in supporting their impact goal of reducing the risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 10% by 2020. My work will have the potential to inform several key policy areas, including fiscal measures and marketing restrictions for sugary drinks. Given that these policy areas are currently under consideration by the federal government, I look forward to disseminating my research findings via stakeholder consultations and other policy development activities.

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