Dr. Lauren J. Wallace is a medical anthropologist whose research critically examines the making and implementation of policies at national and sub-national levels in West Africa. Her PhD, funded by a Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, was an ethnographic study of family size and family planning in northern Ghana. She has since ‘studied up’ to examine the dynamics of national priority setting for maternal and reproductive health in Ghana and Uganda ethnographically. Within WAHPSCon, Dr. Wallace is currently a Co-investigator and the Ghana Principal Investigator of the Covid-19 in West and Central Africa (CATALYSE) study. She is also a Co-Investigator on Gender Transformative and Responsive Health Systems for Adolescents (AdoWA 2) and is a Researcher on Ghana CHORUS https://chorusurbanhealth.org. Dr. Wallace is presently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, where she has also held an appointment as an instructor in the Midwifery Education Program.