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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


Seminar to explore new proposal for assessing health inequities

07 Oct 2010

The idea of combining ethics, methods and policy as a better way to assess inequities in health will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Oct. 20.

Yukiko Asada, associate professor of community health and epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, will discuss the rationale for the development of a summary measure of health inequities.

Using an interdisciplinary approach integrating ethics, methods and policy, the proposed summary measure of health inequities will consolidate existing quantitative and ethics approaches to measuring health inequities, and package key information for policy relevance.

In the presentation, Asada will sketch the methodological skeleton and outline the research agenda for the development of the proposed summary measure.

The seminar will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room B-119 of the Communications Research Laboratory. All are welcome.

Asada’s research focuses on population health (specifically health inequality and inequity, summary measures of population health and social determinants of health), health services research and policy, and ethics.

She holds a New Investigator Research Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funds her work in equity in health systems and health outcomes.

She is currently a co-investigator on several CIHR-funded projects, studying issues such as unmet needs at the end of life, measuring and improving access to cancer services in Nova Scotia, and interdisciplinary capacity-building for the vulnerable, end-of-life population.

Asada completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie, earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has a master’s degree from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

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