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Anneliese Poetz

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Anneliese Poetz is a Knowledge Officer at the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, and a PhD Candidate in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University.

Anneliese studied Geography at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in 2003. During her program at UWO, Anneliese gained valuable research experience while completing her honor's thesis on geographic applications to crime pattern analysis.

While working for a health economist in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, she wrote a paper on different measurements of cost-effectiveness for an intended audience of policymakers, decision-makers, and clinicians who were 'non-experts' in health economics. The purpose of the paper was so that they could understand economic research findings that were increasingly reported in clinical studies. This work experience, coupled with a degree in geography, led her to pursue graduate studies at McMaster University in health/medical geography. Her research focused on a statistical analysis of the relationship between neighbourhood environmental and socio-economic variables and individual self-reported health status. Upon completion of her Master of Arts degree in 2004, she began her PhD program - also at McMaster University. She was simultaneously accepted into a diploma program offered through the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services Research. Through this program, she attended conferences on knowledge transfer for the purpose of meeting policy and decision-makers in an informal setting.

During completion of her PhD research, she has developed her skills in qualitative methods by examining participatory processes in place for decision-making, regarding the assessment of risk in the re-licensing of two major nuclear power plants in Ontario. Throughout her research she has been exposed to numerous methodologies, philosophies, and topics. She remains interested in the generation of new knowledge in partnership with the end-user (e.g. researcher-practitioner partnerships) as well as the translation of existing research into practical applications.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way of learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school. Improving my reading skills will open up the doors to future prospects.

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