Tamil Kendall

Scholars
2009
Mentor(s): 
Current affiliation:
Director, Women's and Maternal Health, Population and Public Health Division, Ministry of Health, British Columbia

Kendall is a specialist in gender and HIV in Latin America, having worked as a researcher and advocate in the region for more than a decade.

Ms. Kendall is specialist in gender and HIV in Latin America, having worked as a researcher and advocate in the region for more than a decade. She is Director of Women's and Maternal Health, Population and Public Health Division at the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Trudeau Scholar research

"The Trudeau Scholarship challenged me intellectually, encouraged me to dig deeper in my research, and emboldened me in my efforts to push my findings into the policy sphere. The Foundation’s generous travel and research funding and mentorship program provided introductions to key policymakers and researchers in my field, and gave me the freedom to increase the scope of my doctoral research and engage in exploratory learning and knowledge sharing.

"The Public Interaction Program offered a stimulating education about relevant national and international policy issues. My understanding of my home country, Canada, and its place in the world has been enriched. But perhaps what I treasure most about the experience of being a Trudeau doctoral scholar are the insights and friendships that have arisen during dinner conversations, Foundation field trips, and scholars’ workshops.  I am honoured that I had the good fortune to participate in this unique program and look forward to contributing to and benefiting from this diverse community in the futuree"

Tamil Kendall is currently a CIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a specialist in gender and HIV in Latin America, having worked as a researcher and advocate in the region for more than a decade. Her former institutional affiliations include the Population Council, UNFPA, and the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. Tamil has also worked as a community-based researcher with civil society organizations and networks of people with HIV in both the global north and the global south. She holds a BA in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and Health Sciences) from the University of British Columbia. Her current research is focused on the integration of HIV and reproductive health, the reproductive rights of women with HIV, and innovative advocacy strategies to increase accountability and provision of high quality services in publicly funded health systems.

 

 

  • June 5, 2013
    2009 Trudeau Scholar Tamil Kendall is honored by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) with a Governor General's Gold Medal award for her doctoral program and dissertation entitled "Prevention of Vertical HIV Transmission and the HIV Response for Women in Latin America". The official ceremony is on 6 June 2013. Pictures taken at the ceremony:  
  • October 17, 2012
    2009 Trudeau scholar Tamil Kendall has received a two-year CIHR fellowship to conduct post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health on women’s health rights and realities.
  • December 1, 2010
    Washington (DC)