Health services research and knowledge translation in Ontario is the topic of a February 26 CHEPA seminar by Michael Hillmer, director of the Research, Planning and Analysis branch of the Health System Strategy and Policy Division of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Hillmer, who has a PhD in clinical epidemiology and a Masters degree in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto, directs the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's health research portfolio. He will explain how the Ministry invests in health services and population health research to ensure an innovative environment where evidence informs policy development and decision-making by supporting and sustaining local research capacity.
Hillmer has been involved with a variety of projects at the Ministry including developing the chronic disease prevention and management strategy, participating on the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee, and creating guidelines for multiple sclerosis care.
Among his awards are the Ministry of Health’s ACE Award, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ Pinnacle Award, and two Ontario Public Service (OPS) Amethyst Awards.
Before joining the OPS in 2007, Hillmer was a project manager at the Health Council of Canada where he helped monitor the progress of the Health Accords. He also contributed to improving the quality and safety of care at Sunnybrook Hospital’s General Internal Medicine Division as a consultant.
Hillmer's academic background includes a PhD in clinical epidemiology and a Masters in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto, and a BSc from Carleton University. He continues to teach and mentor students at U of T.
The seminar will be held Wednesday Feb. 26 in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.