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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.

  • Nominate a promising researcher to give the 2018 Labelle Lecture

    The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to be this year's Labelle Lecturer

    The Labelle Lectureship Series, which marks its 27th anniversary in 2018, is held each October to honour Roberta Labelle, one of CHEPA’s founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. CHEPA and what is now the Department of Health Research, Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI), collaborated on establishing the annual lectureship in her memory.

    The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country (including Canada). The ideal candidate has the following characteristics:

    1. Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments.

    2. Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research.

    3. Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience of health researchers and decision-makers.

    4. Can spend one to two days at McMaster University to: 

    • present a one-hour lecture (followed by a reception) based on his/her research.
    • meet with interested faculty, staff and students for a half-day.
    • attend a Labelle dinner with individuals from within and outside McMaster University.

    Please submit nominations by May 15, 2018, to Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, by emailing emmanuel.guindon@mcmaster.ca and include the following information regarding the nominee: 

    • Full name, current position, link to their faculty page, and, when possible, an updated CV.

    • A brief paragraph describing the topic on which you believe the nominated individual could present the Labelle Lecture.

    This Call for Nominations will close on May 15, 2018. For more information, contact Emmanuel Guindon.

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CHEPA News

To read the Spring 2018 edition of the CHEPA newsletter, click here.

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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