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Seminar series resumes with a look at Public Health Systems

04 Sep 2014

CHEPA’s first seminar of the new academic year will look at issues related to research into public health systems and services.

In Building the Case for a Public Health Systems Perspective, Anita Kothari of Western University and Dr. Megan Ward, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, will draw from literature and recent organizational experiences to discuss the area of public health systems and services research. Focusing on Ontario, they will explain why a public health systems perspective is so important today, what a systems perspective in public health might look like, and how to address the challenges of implementing a public health systems perspective in the current context.

The seminar will be held on Weds. Sept. 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in CRLB-119.

Anita Kothari is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. She is interested in testing strategies to support evidence-informed decision-making by practitioners, managers and policy-makers in community based settings. Kothari is also studying and developing the field of public health systems research in the province.  She holds a CIHR New Investigator Award and recently received a Faculty Scholar Award from Western.

Dr. Megan Ward is Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Region of Peel and leads its evidence-informed decision-making strategy. A specialist in Public Health and Preventative Medicine, she has practiced in local public health for 25 years, the last nine in Peel. Since 2007 she has been leading a departmental strategic priority for evidence-informed decision making. From 2008 - 2010 she used an Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to launch this ten-year strategy.

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