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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • PhD student Bullock awarded Trudeau scholarship

    Heather BullockHeather Bullock, a Health Policy PhD student studying the best ways to embed mental health policy into daily practice across the different layers of Canada’s social system, has been awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship.

    The prestigious award, one of 15 given nationally, is worth $60,000 for each of three years.

    “Mental health presents the greatest disability burden on the planet,” Bullock says. “ People with mental health problems encounter many societal barriers often stemming from stigma and discrimination that can affect their ability to participate as full members of society.”

    She says the scholarship will enable her to conduct international field work that would otherwise have been severely reduced, and allow her to gain a richer understanding of health policy supports.

    Bullock, who is supervised by John Lavis, is McMaster’s third Trudeau scholar since the scholarships were established in 2003, and the second in two years from the Health Policy PhD program. Last year Avram Denburg also received the award for his research into developing a decision-making framework about public funding for new drugs to treat childhood cancers in Canada.

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CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars during the academic year presented by invited speakers. For a schedule of future CHEPA seminars, click here.

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