Mike Wilson, whose research focuses on supporting the use of research evidence in health systems, has been appointed a CHEPA faculty member.
Wilson was also recently appointed a part-time assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics, and assistant director of the McMaster Health Forum, and is an investigator with the Program in Policy Decision-making (a CHEPA-affiliated research program).
He holds a PhD in health research methodology and a B.H.Sc. (Hons.) from McMaster University. He has also studied political science at the University of Toronto.
Wilson’s efforts to support the use of research evidence in health systems has a specific focus on community-based organizations and health system managers and policymakers. He is also interested in research related to the politics of healthcare systems and the social determinants of health for people living with HIV/AIDS. He helped lead the development of Health Systems Evidence, a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems.
During his studies at McMaster, Wilson earned numerous awards, including an Outstanding Thesis Award, the Dean’s Award for Graduate Student Knowledge Translation and Innovation, and the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Graduate Student Entrepreneur Award, Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award and Graduate Programs Excellence Award.
He was also the recipient of a Rising Star Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2009, for his work on what is now known as Health Systems Evidence.
In addition to his work at McMaster, Wilson works with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, as a scientist in health policy and Knowledge Transfer and Exchange.