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  • Register now for 'New Frontiers in Health Policy' conference

    26 Feb 2015

    Photo of Pierre-Yves GeoffardRegister now for CHEPA's annual multidisciplinary conference for graduate students, New Frontiers in Health Policy Researchsponsored in conjunction with the Health Policy PhD Program, being held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at McMaster Innovation Park. The keynote speaker is Pierre-Yves Geoffard, (pictured) Director of the Paris School of Economics

    There is no charge to attend

    Register by clicking here, or email

    McMaster Innovation Park is located at 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton. Here are links to driving directions and a map.

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  • Determining research priorities of patients, 'carers' and clinicians topic of CHEPA seminar

    17 Feb 2015

    Andreas LaupacisResearch priorities have traditionally been determined by researchers in academia or industry, but there is a growing belief that patients, ‘carers’ and clinicians should have greater input into determining research priorities.

    At a CHEPA seminar on Feb. 25, Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, will describe a methodology developed by the James Lind Alliance in the UK for involving patients, ‘carers’ and clinicians in determining research priorities, and reflect upon four projects that used this approach in Canada; in dialysis, kidney cancer, gestational diabetes and raising healthy children.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. Feb. 25 in CRLB-119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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  • Seminar looks at assessment of the frail elderly

    27 Jan 2015

    Photo_Francois_Beland_2005The group of seniors known as the ‘frail elderly’ often have a complex mix of chronic illness, episodes of acute illness, psychological issues, functional limitations and cognitive problems.

    Measuring frailty in these elderly patients is the topic of a special seminar on Monday Feb. 9 by François Béland, a pioneering researcher in the subject. The presentation is co-sponsored by CHEPA and the recently- created McMaster Institute of Geroscience (MIGS).

    Béland, a Professor in the Health Administration Department of the Université de Montréal, was involved in the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of the SIPA (Services intégrés pour les personnes âgées fragiles) demonstration project for the integrated care of the frail elderly in Montreal.

    The seminar will be held on Mon. Feb. 9 in CRLB-119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Please note the day. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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  • Ethics and Ebola: Addressing complex ethical issues in an evolving humanitarian emergency

    08 Jan 2015

    Photo of Ross UpshurLisa-SchwartzAs the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, a growing number of investigational interventions have been proposed and are being implemented.

    At a special joint CHEPA/Global Health seminar,CHEPA's co-associate director Lisa Schwartzthe Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics at McMaster, and Ross Upshur, Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research and head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T, will discuss how competing visions of 'research' in this context raise distinct ethical issues and responses. 

    The seminar will be held on Weds. January 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in MDCL 3020. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND VENUE. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Andrew Costa joins CHEPA's faculty

    02 Dec 2014

    Andrew CostaCHEPA’s newest faculty member is Andrew Costa, the inaugural holder of the Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging.

    Costa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster. He also serves as the Research Lead at the DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus.

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  • CHEPA seminar looks at use of Malawi’s public health system to fight HIV transmission

    25 Nov 2014

    Photo of  ChanApplying health systems research to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child in an impoverished country is the topic of a Dec. 2 seminar by officials from Dignitas International (DI), a Canadian medical humanitarian non-government organization (NGO) that supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Malawi in the implementation and scale-up of HIV-related services through the public health system.

    Photo of BermanDignitas medical advisor Dr. Adrienne Chan, top left, an Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, and Joshua Berman, Knowledge Translation and Policy Manager for Dignitas, will present Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Malawi: A Case Study in Health Systems Research and Policy Impact in Low Resource Settings.

    The seminar will be held on TUESDAY Dec. 2 in CRL B119 from 11.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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  • Emergency department use by seniors: seminar looks at new models of care

    11 Nov 2014

    Photo of Andrew CostaOlder adults are frequent users of the emergency department and have worse outcomes than younger adults, but many of their visits may be preventable.

    On Nov. 19, Dr. Andrew Costa will give a CHEPA seminar looking at new models of care and their implications in the context of geriatric emergency department use. He’ll also explain the development of decision support tools that can help predict unplanned emergency department use and aid in care for seniors. 

    The seminar will be held Wednesday Nov. 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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  • CHEPA co-founder Jonathan Lomas enshrined in FHS Community of Distinction

    11 Nov 2014

    Photo of Jonathan LomasCHEPA co-founder Jonathan Lomas, known as “the father of knowledge translation,” has been inducted into McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Science’s Community of Distinction, the faculty’s highest honour.

    John Lavis, current Associate Director of CHEPA and Director of the McMaster Health Forum, spoke at the induction, describing Lomas in his introductory remarks as a “trailblazer, boundary spanner, innovator and dynamo.” 


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  • Schwartz advising WHO on ethics of ebola therapeutical trials

    06 Nov 2014

    Lisa SchwartzLisa Schwartz, who recently accepted an appointment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ethics Working Group on Ebola Interventions, is among the experts who are advising the WHO on ethical issues related to the study design for trials on therapeutics being developed to fight the disease.

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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:


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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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