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  • Abelson-led team wins national award

    20 Oct 2014

    Julia Abelson

    A national team led by Julia Abelson has won the Canadian Research Project of the Year Award from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). 

    The award-winning project, Supporting quality engagement in the Canadian health system: The Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool (PPEET), involved the development of an evaluation tool for health system and health care organizations across Canada to assess the effectiveness of their efforts to engage patients and the public in the planning, design and organization of health services. 

    Here’s a link to a video about the tool: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-X3U0XoYSsfdEdpLTNkbjNiY0U/edit?pli=1

     

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  • Easing the transition to adult services for children with developmental disabilities

    13 Oct 2014

    Photo of GorterChildren with developmental disabilities increasingly survive into adulthood, often with poor health outcomes.  Canada invests huge resources in the childhood years, and now has a generation of adults (up to 1.3 million people) with childhood-onset disabilities. However, compared to their peers without disabilities, these people’s lives are impoverished in many ways. They experience ineffective transition to adult services, costly hospitalizations, inequity of health care services, and a possible lifelong economic burden to family and society.

    Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) Director, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster and the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research, says this this transition process can be improved.  In a CHEPA seminar on Weds. Oct. 15 entitled Let’s make transition better!, he’ll describe critical gaps in our understanding of the developmental trajectories of youth with disabilities, present ideas for how we could improve life-span health and transition to adulthood of young people with disabilities and describe ways to measure improved physical and mental health status for young people and their families.

    The seminar will be held in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • CHEPA founder welcomed home

    02 Oct 2014

    David FeenyCHEPA welcomes the return to its faculty of one of the Centre’s founding members - David Feeny, whose work helping to develop the influential Health Utilities Index (HUI) continues to shape the field of health economics. The index assesses health-related quality of life and is used extensively in clinical and population health studies.

    Feeny worked at McMaster from 1976-1998, teaching in both the Department of Economics and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in 1988 helped to found CHEPA.

    After leaving McMaster he held appointments in Economics, Public Health Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta from 1998 to 2009. More recently he was a Senior Investigator at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, in Portland, Oregon.

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  • What I did this summer...

    23 Sep 2014

    Catch up on what your friends and colleagues at CHEPA were up to. Click here for the Fall issue of the CHEPA e-news.
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  • Kaelan Moat joins CHEPA’s faculty

    04 Sep 2014

    Kaelan MoatCHEPA’s newest faculty member has a familiar face.

    Kaelan Moat, one of the first graduates of McMaster’s PhD in Health Policy program, joined the faculty this summer.

    He is Lead, Health Systems Evidence, at the McMaster Health Forum where he heads the maintenance and ongoing content development of Health Systems Evidence, the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for high-quality evidence about how to strengthen or reform health systems, and how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

    His research focuses on how to support the use of research evidence in health systems policymaking, with a particular focus on both the evaluation of innovative mechanisms designed to increase the likelihood that research will be used to inform policy decisions, and on better understanding the influence that political factors have on these mechanisms and their use in both low- and middle-income countries, and in high-income settings like Canada.

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  • Seminar series resumes with a look at Public Health Systems

    04 Sep 2014

    Photo of Anita KothariCHEPA’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, top left, of Western University and Dr. Megan Ward,Megan WardAssociate 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. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.   

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  • Katherine Boothe joins CHEPA's faculty

    11 Jun 2014

    Katherine BootheCHEPA welcomes Katherine Boothe as its newest faculty member.

    Boothe is an assistant professor of political science at McMaster who specializes in comparative public policy in advanced industrial democracies, with a focus on health policy.

    Her current research examines the development and reform of pharmaceutical insurance and regulatory policy in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She has a PhD and an MA in political science from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from the University of Alberta.

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  • Changing relationship between business cycles and mortality in the U.S. topic of CHEPA seminar

    04 Jun 2014

    Emma PierardThe relationship between business cycles and mortality in the U.S. is complex and appears to have changed over time, a Waterloo economist has found.

    At a CHEPA seminar on June 11, Emmanuelle Piérard, assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo, will talk about her research into the relationship between total mortality, deaths due to accidents, cardiovascular disease and measures of the business cycles for the U.S from 1962 to 2010 using a time-varying parameter model.

    The seminar takes place on Wednesday June 11, in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Spring edition of CHEPA news available now

    28 May 2014

    Poster presentations at New Frontiers conferenceRead the latest about the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis in the Spring 2014 CHEPA News, available by clicking here.







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  • Seminar explores links with McMaster's Institute of Environment and Health

    26 May 2014

    Photo of Jim DunnThe McMaster Institute of Environment and Health’s (MIEH) goal is to facilitate, promote, and publish environment and health research, and to share expertise with the broader community.

    MIEH director Jim Dunn will talk about possible synergies between the institute and CHEPA at a seminar on Wednesday May 28 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL B119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Anne Wong, Jessica Shearer presenting CHEPA seminars

    13 May 2014

    Anne Wong

    CHEPA’s seminar series doubles up following the May long weekend, with presentations on both Wednesday May 21 and Thursday May 22.

    Dr. Anne Wong, Associate Professor in McMaster’s Department of Anesthesia and Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, will speak about International Medical Graduates: Policy and Culture on Wednesday May 21.

    Jessica ShearerAnd on May 22, Jessica Shearer, a recent graduate of McMaster’s Health Policy PhD Program and currently a visiting scholar at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, returns to CHEPA to speak about Network approaches to modelling the exchange and use of research evidence in health policy decision-making.

    The seminars on both days will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL B119.  All are welcome. The seminars will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Who are you calling old? Evolving thinking challenges policy planning

    24 Apr 2014

    Amanda Grenier
    How do you plan programs and services for old people when ‘old’ is an evolving concept?

    Amanda Grenier, who holds the Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health at McMaster, notes that the structures and frameworks around which society organizes and responds to older people are increasingly blurred. Chronological age, for example, is no longer considered to mark ‘aging’, but meanwhile many of the socio-cultural notions and eligibility requirements for services continue to be based on age.

    She will discuss some of the key issues underlying planning efforts in policy and practice for older people at a CHEPA seminar on Wednesday April 30. The seminar will be held in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Mulvale, O’Reilly receive Early Researcher Awards

    15 Apr 2014

    Two members of CHEPA’s faculty are among 11 McMaster professors to receive Early Researcher Awards (ERA) from the provincial government.

    Gillian MulvaleGillian Mulvale, left, Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management at the DeGroote School of Business, and Daria O’Reilly, right, Associate Professor in theDaria OReilly Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University and Faculty Lead of the MaRS Excellence in Clinical Innovation and Technology Evaluation (EXCITE) Program, within the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH) Research Institute at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), are among those recognized by the ERA as promising researchers with the potential to become world-class innovators. Both women joined CHEPA’s faculty in the summer of 2012.

    The ERA will enable O’Reilly to conduct research to find ways to spend resources more efficiently in treating diabetes. Mulvale’s work uses smartphone technology to help families and service providers deliver coordinated services for adolescents with mental illness.

    The Early Research Award funds each recipient to a maximum of $140,000 by the provincial government, with matching funding of $50,000 from McMaster, over the next five years.

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  • Register now to learn how academic research shapes healthcare

    02 Apr 2014

    How does research influence health reform? Find out by joining host Brian Hutchison at New Frontiers in Health Policy Research: A Graduate Students Conference, on Saturday, April 12 at McMaster’s CIBC Hall, where you’ll hear some of Canada’s leading health policy-makers and analysts describe how academic research shapes the healthcare of the future. To see the agenda, click here.

    Keynote speaker Antonia Maioni, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, will present her analysis of how research influences health policy reform. A former Canada-US Fulbright scholar at Harvard, Maioni is also a political analyst for CTV News and contributor to the Globe and Mail.

    The conference also features talks by a roster of well-known health policy experts -- John Abbott, previously CEO of the Health Council of Canada and a former Deputy Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Health and Community Services; Vasanthi Srinivasan, executive director of the Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) support unit and former assistant deputy minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), and Alina Gildiner, Project Leader, Health Workforce Evidence & Innovation Unit, Health Workforce Policy Branch, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, MOHLTC. They will speak about their professional experiences using research to support policy-making. Join them and moderator John Lavis, director of the McMaster Health Forum and Knowledge Translation expert, for an enlightening discussion.

    In addition to the prominent keynote and panel speakers, an exciting central part of the conference will be hearing an array of selected graduate students from area universities presenting their own innovative health policy research for discussion and critique. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included. To register, click here or contact Lyn Sauberli, sauber@mcmaster.ca

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  • Seminar looks at the links between obesity and immigration in Europe

    02 Apr 2014

    Yasser MoullanResearch into the links between social inequality and obesity, comparing immigrants and natives of France and Spain, is the subject of an April 16 CHEPA seminar presented by Yasser Moullan, research officer at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford (UK).

    The seminar will be held Wednesday April 16 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.

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  • Seminar scrutinizes drug cost-effectiveness analysis programs

    20 Mar 2014

    In pharmaceutical regulation and policy, evidence-based policymaking uses a particular tool: the economic evaluation of drugs, where experts assess the cost of drugs relative to their therapeutic benefits, and make funding decisions on this basis. However, programs vary markedly in their goals (especially related to achieving value for money or standardizing access to care) and their mandates.

    In a seminar titled Cost-effective drugs: paradigms and policies in Australia, Ontario, Canada, and the UK, Katherine Boothe, PhD, assistant professor of political science at McMaster, presents research comparing the adoption and reform of cost-effectiveness analysis programs in four jurisdictions.

    The seminar will be held Wednesday March 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.

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  • Register now for New Frontiers in Health Policy Research conference

    18 Mar 2014

    Register now for New Frontiers in Health Policy Research: A Graduate Students Conference, being held at McMaster University on Saturday April 12th, at McMaster’s CIBC Hall.

    Sponsored by CHEPA and the McMaster Health Policy PhD program and intended to become an annual event, this inaugural one-day conference is the only Canadian graduate student conference in the field and is a unique opportunity to hear graduate students present innovative research to an audience of peers and receive constructive feedback. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included.

    Antonia Maioni, pictured, Ph.D, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University will give the morning keynote address. The afternoon discussant panel features John Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada; Vasanthi Srinivasan, executive director of the Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) support unit and former assistant deputy minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), and Alina Gildiner, Project Leader, Health Workforce Evidence & Innovation Unit, Health Workforce Policy Branch, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, MOHLTC.

    To register, click here or contact Lyn Sauberli at sauber@mcmaster.ca

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  • Engaging with Indigenous Peoples topic of CHEPA seminar

    12 Mar 2014

    Using good engagement practices to enhance policy-making in a way that includes Indigenous Peoples and knowledge is the topic of a CHEPA seminar presented by Danielle N. Soucy, director and program coordinator of McMaster’s Aboriginal Students Health Sciences (ASHS) office.

    How to engage with engagement: The Aboriginal Students Health Sciences (ASHS) and CHEPA looks at the effective use of public involvement practices in the context of First Nations, Inuit and Metis healthcare priorities.

    The seminar will be held Wednesday March 19 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.

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  • Grad students invited to submit abstracts for New Frontiers in Health Policy Research conference

    04 Mar 2014

    New Frontiers in Health Policy Research: A Graduate Students Conference will be held at McMaster University on Saturday April 12th, at McMaster’s CIBC Hall. Sponsored by CHEPA and the McMaster Health Policy PhD program and intended to become an annual event, this inaugural one-day conference is the only Canadian graduate student conference in the field and presents a unique opportunity for graduate students to present innovative research to an audience of peers and receive constructive feedback.

    Antonia Maioni, Ph.D, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University will give the morning keynote address.

    The afternoon discussant panel features John Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada; Vasanthi Srinivasan, executive director of the Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) support unit and former assistant deputy minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), and Alina Gildiner, Project Leader, Health Workforce Evidence & Innovation Unit, Health Workforce Policy Branch, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, MOHLTC.

    Abstract submissions are welcomed from graduate students conducting policy-relevant research in the following areas:

    • Health economics
    • Political science
    • Sociology
    • Research methods
    • Global health
    • e-Health

    Please email a PDF file with the subject heading “New Frontiers in Health Policy Research” describing your presentation (objectives, approach, results, conclusion) in no more than 300 words to Lyn Sauberli at sauber@mcmaster.ca

    The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014. Notification of decisions is Friday, March 21, 2014.

    For more information, contact Lyn Sauberli at sauber@mcmaster.ca

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  • Seminar looks at Ontario health services research, knowledge translation

    21 Feb 2014

    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.

    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.

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