Michel Grignon, an associate professor in the Departments of Economics and Health, Aging & Society and a CHEPA faculty member since 2004, has been named the centre’s new director.
He will succeed outgoing director Julia Abelson, who has served in the role for the past five years, effective Sept. 1.
Grignon’s research focuses on the financing and funding of health care, determinants of health and health inequalities, and equity in health systems.
As the new director, Grignon plans to ensure that CHEPA continues to flourish as a collegial, multi-disciplinary centre of research, maintains its excellent relationship with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and enhances its role as a key source of information for health policymakers.
He also wants to lead CHEPA towards becoming a Canadian centre of reference for health economics and policy analysis, by working collaboratively with other Canadian and international institutions that also work in the field.
Diversifying CHEPA’s membership further by including faculty from a wider range of University departments, and ensuring mutual benefits to those departments, the centre and McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program, are also among his goals for the coming years.
Before joining McMaster in 2004, Grignon was a researcher in France, and continues to serve as an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Health Economics in Paris. He is also a member of the Canadian Economics Association.
He has extensive experience at an international level in research projects and activities in the areas of health economics, health-related policies, health insurance and aging. His current research projects cover a broad range of topics, including the relationship between aging and health care in Canada and in France. He is also involved in research examining inequities in health care utilization and health policy in Canada, as well as exploring equity and efficiency by using experimental economic methods for financing health care.
Grignon obtained his Master’s Equivalent at the National School for Statistics and Economics in Paris, and his PhD at École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, also in Paris.