Kaitlin Patterson

Hons BA., MA


Kaitlin is a student in the joint PhD program in Population Medicine and International Development. Her Masters in Health Geography from McGill University focused on food security among the Indigenous Batwa of Kanungu District, Uganda. The food insecurity reported by the Batwa is among the highest in the published literature. Kaitlin values a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods into her research. Kaitlin is now shifting her focus to maternal and infant health among the Batwa, a key priority identified at the local and national levels in Uganda for her PhD. Additionally she is the database manager for the Arctic, Peru and Uganda for the Indigenous Health an Adaptation to Climate Change (IHACC) project (www.ihacc.ca).

Research Interests

I am generally interested in global health and social determinants of health. During my masters I developed strong ties with the Batwa in Kanungu District (an indigenous community in South-western Uganda). I will be continuing my work with 10 communities in Kanungu District looking at Maternal Health. Food security, maternal and infant health and poverty have been identified as top priorities by the Batwa and during my masters research, we found that seasonal variation was a significant factor in food security. Moving forward from these priorities and identified vulnerabilites, one of my key aims is to investigate whether social determinants of health mediate the effects of climate change on maternal health, and if so, how?. Further, I want to assess potential nutrition interventions in improving maternal health outcomes among the Batwa. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be utilised during this project and a community based participatory research approach will be employed.  

Professional Experience & Honours

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award 2016-2019

IDRC Doctoral Research Award 2016

Alastair Summerlee Scholarship 2016

OVC Dean's PhD. Scholarship 2015-2018