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  • Labelle Lecture examines the link between the caste system, infant mortality and unfulfilled economic potential in India

    09 Aug 2017

    Dean SpearsDean Spears, co-founder and executive director of r.i.c.e., a non-profit organization focused on research and policy advocacy for early-life health in rural India, will present the annual Labelle Lecture on Weds. Sept. 13 from 3 p.mto 4:40 p.m. in the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning, MDCL 3020.

    In his lecture, Where India goes: Abandoned toilets, stunted development, and the costs of caste, Spears will address the health and economic development impact of the continuing practice in India of open defecation, which he says is an enduring consequence of the caste system.

    He notes that latrine and toilet adoption in India has been very slow, and that open defecation remains common.  Spears says this is one reason why infants there are more likely to die than in neighbouring  poorer countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal, and are more likely to be stunted than children in sub-Saharan Africa. And when children cannot develop to their potential, economic development is also stunted.

    The lecture calls for annihilation of caste and a questioning of assumptions about the chain linking development policy to changes in rural India's villages.

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  • Abelson receives the 2017 Egon Jonsson Award

    22 Jun 2017

    Julia Abelson

    Julia Abelson was awarded the 2017 Egon Jonsson Award at a ceremony in Rome on June 21 in recognition of excellence in contributions made to the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

    The award, for the paper Public and Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Framework For Actionalso recognizes the contributions of co-authors and CHEPA faculty members Mita Giacomini and John N. Lavis, as well as François-Pierre Gauvin of the McMaster Health Forum and former CHEPA post-doctoral fellow Deirdre DeJean, and researchers and collaborators from other institutions across Ontario.

    The paper describes the development and outputs of a comprehensive framework for involving the public and patients in the work of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) at Health Quality Ontario.

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  • Guindon earns Early Researcher Award

    24 May 2017

    Photo of GuindonCHEPA faculty member Emmanuel Guindon has received an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario for his research project entitled Fiscal policy and population health: the case of tobacco control.

    Guindon, a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), who holds the CHEPA/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity and is an assistant professor in McMaster’s department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), has published extensively on the relationship between prices, taxes and tobacco use.

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  • National award for student’s essay on healthcare challenges of working poor

    18 May 2017

    Undergraduate student Xiaoyu (Elaine) Guo has won the 2017 Jack Boan Student Essay competition, which is awarded annually by the Justice Emmett Hall Foundation

    Guo, who was supervised by Emmanuel Guindon, will receive the award at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference, being held in Toronto May 24-26. For more information about her essay, click here.

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  • Call for applications for CIHR-CADTH-McMaster Health System Impact post-doctoral fellowship

    01 May 2017

    sized Fellowship TweetMcMaster’s Health Policy PhD program is inviting interested PhD graduates, or near-graduates, to apply for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in health services and policy research (HSPR) with a focus on public and patient engagement in health technology management.

    Applications will be accepted until June 30th, and will be reviewed as they are received. For more information see the Call for Applications.

     

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  • Nominate a promising researcher to give the 26th Labelle Lecture

    06 Apr 2017

    The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to be this October’s 2017-18 Labelle Lecturer. 

    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. 

    Please submit nominations to Emmanuel Guindon. This Call for Nominations will close on May 15, 2017.

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  • Welcome to Jean-Éric Tarride, CHEPA's new Director

    31 Mar 2017

    Jean-Eric TarrideWelcome to Jean-Éric Tarride, who became CHEPA's new Director on May 1.
    Tarride is an Associate Professor in McMaster's Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI); an Associate Director of the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH), The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton; an Associate Member in the Department of Economics at McMaster; and a long-time member of CHEPA. 

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  • Using Statistics Canada microdata for health policy research

    06 Mar 2017

    Mustafa Ornek croppedResearchers and decision-makers increasingly need up-to-date and detailed microdata information at the individual business, household or personal level to be able to respond to current needs and to anticipate future trends in Canadian society.

    The Research Data Centre (RDC) at McMaster houses a large inventory of Statistics Canada’s microdata 'master files', many of which are appropriate for health policy research.

    Mustafa Ornek (pictured) and Vivek Jadon, representatives of Statistics Canada’s Microdata Access Division, will explain the resources available at McMaster for conducting research using Statistics Canada microdata (and how to use them) at a CHEPA seminar on Weds. March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119.

    Ornek, Data Analyst at the centre and a graduate of the Health Policy PhD program, will describe the RDC and its data holdings. Jadon, Data Specialist in the Maps/Data/GIS department at McMaster’s Mills Library, will describe access to Public Use Meta Files and explain the differences between those and the master files in the RDC.

    If you are unable to attend the seminar in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx.  If it is your first time using WebEx, you must first set up your computer by clicking here and following the instructions. Once you’ve set it up you won’t need to do it again for future seminars.

    After you’ve set up your computer, click here to participate in the seminar. The meeting password is: chepaseminar

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  • 'Dance with the one that brung ya'

    01 Feb 2017

    What public health/primary care system would be best for the health of Ontario residents?

    Fran Scott, director of McMaster’s new Master of Public Health program, will reflect on that question in her Feb. 15 seminar entitled ‘Dance with the one that brung ya’ -  Public health and primary care in Patients First.

    Fran ScottShe says the public health and health care systems in Ontario have a long history of separate siloes except for some local, informal links. With the passing of Patients First in Dec. 2016, there is now a stronger mandate for formal relationships between LHINs and Medical Officers of Health in population health planning.

    She’ll talk about how this could open opportunities for public health to be a full player in health system leadership and delivery. 

    The seminar will be held on Weds Feb 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119.  All are welcome to attend.

    If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx.  If it is your first time using WebEx, you must first set up your computer by clicking here and following the instructions. Once you’ve set it up you won’t need to do it again for future seminars.

    After you’ve set up your computer, click here to participate in Fran Scott’s seminar. The meeting password is: chepaseminar

     

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  • How clinical practice guidelines can influence personal health care decisions

    13 Jan 2017

    Nancy SantessoClinical practice guidelines can assist patients and the public in making heath care decisions provided they’re communicated effectively, a topic that will be addressed on Weds Jan 18 by Nancy Santesso at CHEPA’s first seminar of the new year.

    Santesso, an assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and Deputy Director of Cochrane Canada, notes that clinical practice guidelines are typically written for health care professionals and program managers to provide guidance when making health care decisions, but they are also meant to assist patients and the public when making their own health care decisions.

    However, patients may not be aware the information from clinical practice guidelines is available or relevant to them. Her seminar will draw from a variety of studies showing that patients and the public do want this information, but that it needs to be personalized and provide guidance about how to apply it to their own situations, as well as explaining ‘why’.

    The seminar will be held on Weds Jan 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119.  All are welcome to attend.

    If you are unable to attend in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx.  If it is your first time using WebEx, you must first set up your computer by clicking here and following the instructions. Once you’ve set it up you won’t need to do it again for future seminars.

    After you’ve set up your computer, click here to participate in Nancy Santesso’s seminar. The meeting password is: chepaseminar

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  • New book unravels Ontario’s health system

    03 Jan 2017

    Lavis book coverAre you puzzled about how the Ontario health system works? 

    You can find answers in a book edited by CHEPA associate director John Lavis, entitled Ontario’s Health System: Key Insights for Engaged Citizens, Professionals and Policymakers, which helps make the system more understandable to the citizens who pay for it and are served by it, the professionals who work in it (and future professionals who will one day work in it), and the policymakers who govern it. 

    The full book can be bought on Amazon.ca. (People outside Canada can find it at Amazon.com). If you are interested in particular topics (such as how money flows or how the primary care sector functions), individual book chapters are freely available by clicking here.  Adobe Reader is required to open the PDF pages.

    The book is divided into sections:

    Part 1 describes the ‘building blocks’ of the system, including who gets to make what decisions (governance arrangements), how money flows through the system (financial arrangements), and what and who make up the system’s infrastructure and workforce (delivery arrangements).

    Part 2 explains how these building blocks are used to provide:

    1. Care in each of six sectors – home and community care, primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation care, long-term care, and public health;
    2. Care for four conditions or groupings of conditions – mental health and addictions, work-related injuries and diseases, cancer, and end-of-life;
    3. Care using select treatments – prescription and over-the-counter drugs, complementary and alternative therapies, and dental services;
    4. Care for Indigenous peoples.
    Part 3 describes recent and planned reforms to the system and assesses how the health system is performing. 
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  • Power, culture and HPV vaccine policymaking topic of December CHEPA seminar

    06 Dec 2016

    Michelle Wyndham-WestGender, politics and health-care policy influence Ontario’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine policy in ways that will be noted in a Dec. 14 seminar titled The co-production of power and culture in Ontario HPV vaccine policymaking, to be presented by Michelle Wyndham-West.

    Wyndham-West is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, where she earned her PhD and completed a post-doctoral fellowship researching emerging medical technologies and health policy. She also teaches in the graduate Design for Health program at OCADU.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. Dec.  14 in CRL-B119, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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  • ICES site director Hsien Seow outlines research opportunities

    03 Nov 2016

    Hsien SeowThe Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) uses vast amounts of Ontario’s health-related data, including population-based health surveys, anonymous patient records and clinical and administrative databases to produce cutting-edge studies that evaluate health care delivery and outcomes in the province.

    Hsien Seow is the ICES-McMaster Site Director and also the Canada Research Chair for Palliative Care and Health System Innovation. On Nov 16 he will describe the opportunities the ICES database offers to researchers in a CHEPA seminar entitled: CHEPA + ICES = a match made in heaven?: New research opportunities at McMaster using administrative data.

    He’ll outline what ICES and the ICES-McMaster hub are and how they work; give examples of health policy and economic research using administrative data, and explain how to access the data.

    The seminar will be held Nov 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in CRL B-119. All are welcome to attend. 

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  • Catching up to the rest of the world: reforming primary care in Ontario

    14 Oct 2016

    Dr. David PriceIn their recent report to the provincial government on primary care reform, Patient Care Groups: A new model of population based primary health care for Ontario, Dr. David Price and Elizabeth Baker suggested a fundamental shift in how primary care is delivered, calling for a model where doctors would serve everyone in a geographic area and be organized under Patient Care Groups.

    Price, Professor and Chair of McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, was the Provincial Primary Care Lead and the Chair of the Provincial Expert Advisory Panel on Primary Care. The report, submitted to the Ontario government in May, outlined a plan for care to become more co-ordinated, equitable and accountable.  

    He will draw from the recommendations in that report and the reaction to it in a CHEPA seminar, titled Catching up to the rest of the world.

     The seminar will be held Weds. Oct. 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in CRL B-119. All are welcome to attend.

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  • Silver anniversary Labelle Lecture: Caring for, learning from and healing with patients

    28 Sep 2016

    Dr. Antoine BoivinThe Labelle Lectureship Series marks its 25th anniversary this year, and will be celebrated on Weds. Oct. 12 with a special lecture by Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD, PhD, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.

    The Lectureship was created to honour Roberta Labelle, who was one of the founding members of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge.

    Boivin, who is also a practicing family physician and health services researcher at the University of Montreal, was selected by a committee to give the silver anniversary lecture, titled Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients.

    The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2016, in McMaster’s MDCL 3020, with a reception to follow in the Farncombe Atrium. All are welcome. You can also attend remotely by copying and pasting this link in your browser: 
    http://fhsmediasiteevp.mcmaster.ca/Mediasite/Play/f9eeb5baf8994919a81db88c92de2c581d



     
     
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  • Seminar series resumes with a look at conceptualizing health systems guidance

    15 Sep 2016

    Elizabeth AlvarezCHEPA’s seminar series resumes on Weds. Sept. 21, with Elizabeth Alvarez, MD, MPH, PhD, presenting her research on Contextualizing guidance for health systems strengthening.

    Her presentation will draw from her recent research focused on developing and evaluating the use of a workbook for contextualizing health systems guidance.

    Alvarez is licensed as a family physician in both Canada and the United States; is an assistant professor in McMaster’s department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and teaches in McMaster’s Master of Public Health program. She earned a master’s degree in public health through the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a graduate of McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. Sept. 21 in CRL-B119, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

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  • PhD student Bullock awarded Trudeau scholarship

    22 Jun 2016

    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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  • Nominate a promising researcher to give the 25th Labelle Lecture

    09 May 2016

    Roberta LabelleThis October marks the 25th anniversary of the Labelle Lectureship Series, held annually to honour Roberta Labelle, shown here, who was 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. 

    The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to give the 2016-17 Labelle Lecture in October. The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country (including Canada) and has these characteristics:

    • Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments.
    • Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research.
    • Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience of health researchers and decision-makers.
    • Can spend one to two days at McMaster to present a one-hour lecture, followed by a reception; meet with faculty and students and attend a dinner.

    For more information, and to submit nominations, contact Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, at emmanuel.guindon@mcmaster.ca. 

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  • Paris health economist to talk about outcomes of efforts to develop primary care teams in France

    27 Apr 2016

    Julien MousquesFrench health economist Julien Mousquès says France has more barriers to the development of group medical practices than other countries, many of which have policies that explicitly encourage integrated primary care systems as a way to promote efficiency in health care.

    In a CHEPA seminar on May 18, Mousquès, the Research Director at the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Economie de la santé, IRDES) in Paris, will describe the impact on efficiency, productivity, and patient outcomes of a reform in France designed to encourage the development of integrated Primary Care Teams (PCTs).

    His presentation, Learnings about the impact of integrated care on efficiency - The cases of  French Primary Care Teams in France and Accountable Care Organizations in the USA, will also describe results from qualitative and explanatory research on the impact of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the United States.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. May 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Communications Research Lab (CRL) B119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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  • Register now for New Frontiers in Health Policy Conference

    15 Mar 2016

    Lisa-SchwartzLisa Schwartz, the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, will give the keynote address “Policy and prudence in complex humanitarian crises" at Monday’s New Frontiers in Health Policy Research 2016 conference.

    There is no fee to register for this inter-disciplinary conference, being held at McMaster's CIBC Hall on Monday April 25 and hosted by CHEPA and McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. Click here to see the agenda.

    Click here to register now. 

    To link to the conference webpage for more information, click here.

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