Currently a second year law student at McGill University, Rachel previously completed her Masters of Public Health at Memorial University of Newfoundland and her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Ottawa. Rachel is also a research assistant with the Baumgartner Research Group, where she will be conducting a pilot study on indoor air pollution in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada.
Rachel’s interest at the juncture of health and Arctic issues began after her undergraduate degree where as a research assistant, she investigated the high incidence of RSV on Baffin Island, Nunavut through a research award from the NASIVVIK Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments. This led her to work with the Global Health Research Initiative at the International Development Research Centre and the Environmental Stewardship Department at the Assembly of First Nations. During her graduate studies, she worked on a project that sought to determine how best to retain internationally trained health care professionals in the remote corners of Newfoundland and Labrador during her graduate studies in Newfoundland and Labrador, as was placed with the Population Health Assessment and Scenarios Team in the Chief Public Health Office at the Public Health Agency of Canada for her practicum, where she produced a report on under‐recognized diseases, health issues, risk factors and exposures. Most recently, Rachel interned with the Istanbul Regional Hub of the United Nations Development Programme where she looked at access to medicines and intellectual property law with the HIV, Health and Development Team.
Her research and work seek to better understand the role of law in facilitating access to health care services across the circumpolar region, whether access to midwifery in the Yukon, access to cultural resources for internationally trained health care professionals in Labrador or access to antiretroviral treatment in Russia.