Alicia Polachek completed a BA and MA in Sociology through the University of Calgary. Her graduate research was in the areas of work, family, gender, and health, with a thesis looking at how the division of household labour impacts lawyers’ mental and physical health. Alicia has a strong background in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research. Her research experience has focused largely on workers’ wellbeing, although she has become involved in several projects related to health care for vulnerable populations, understanding patients with complex chronic disease and high health system utilization, and program or policy evaluation and development. Alicia has been working with the W21C since 2011 when she started as a research assistant for the provider wellness portfolio. Since that time, she has taken on increasing responsibility and she is now responsible for overseeing a variety of research projects, developing research protocols, and pursuing and managing grant funding.