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Dr. Katharina Kovacs Burns

Associate Director, Health Sciences Council, and Director, Interdisciplinary Health Research Academy, University of Alberta


The academic, research and volunteer interests of Dr. Kovacs Burns include public, patient, stakeholder and community engagement and knowledge-to-action practices in person-centred health care and health promotion. She has expertise evaluating the effectiveness and experiences related to health programs or initiatives such as WellnessRx, as well as health services access and utilization, and public policies. Specifically, she is interested in the barriers and enablers to stakeholder engagement in program and policy decisions, as well as of program, service and policy implementation and the impact on the quality of life and other experiences of patients/families, informal and formal caregivers, public and healthcare providers. As Associate Director, Health Sciences Council, and Director, Interdisciplinary Health Research Academy, University of Alberta, she coordinated interdisciplinary/inter-professional health research, education and practices, involving academics, government, community and health partners, and relevant others. Her work and research link closely with her scientific review and volunteer community committees at provincial, national and international levels. Nationally, she is Chair or member of several scientific committees. She also engages with national and provincial government ministries and agencies on various health policy issues. Internationally, she is involved with global initiatives and studies, including with World Health and patient alliance organizations. As Senior Manager within Alberta Health Services, she works with senior leadership to facilitate engagement of medical staff, other health professionals, patients and their families, in measuring quality and safety practices and outcomes to improve our health care system and especially, program and service delivery.


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