A new endowed research chair focused on health equity has been established at McMaster University.
The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity will lead an innovative research program focused on the production and communication of timely, relevant research that addresses the challenge of ensuring equity of access to health services.
Policymakers and health care providers struggle with many crucial questions as they seek to provide quality health services to Canadians in the face of limited resources. The new chairholder will take the lead in directing research that would help answer questions of particular relevance to the long-standing goals of Canada’s and Ontario’s health systems to provide equity in the financing, funding and provision of health services, to achieve equitable health outcomes.
The chair is funded by $2 million provided by CHEPA, the ministry and McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
A search committee has been formed to find a suitable candidate with relevant disciplinary or interdisciplinary training in any of several fields, including health policy, health economics, geography, ethics or public health.
The Chair in Health Equity, who will also be a member of CHEPA, will allow the centre to increase its status as a world leader in the production and dissemination of knowledge related to equity in the financing, funding and delivery of health services and health systems. Several CHEPA faculty members include equity in health services and systems as a major focus of their research programs.
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