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  • Pan American Health Organization conference at McMaster a first for Canada

    12 Oct 2012

    A conference involving senior officials from South, Central and North American countries who are working to improve global health through better research is being held at McMaster University Oct. 17th to 19 – the first time the event has been staged in Canada.  

    More than 25 delegates and invited guests involved with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is the regional office of the Americas for the World Health Organization, will attend meetings as part of the 45th session of PAHO’s Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) chaired by John Lavis, director of the McMaster Health Forum and associate director of CHEPA.

    A public talk by PAHO director Mirta Roses Periago on Oct. 17 will look at disparities in health among the nations of the Americas, drawing on research findings from a newly-published and exhaustive report showing that despite the huge strides made in improving population health in all of the countries of the Americas during the past decades, the continuing high level of inequality in the distribution of health and well-being in the region requires urgent attention.

    In conjunction with the conference, an Art for Research exhibit, commissioned by PAHO to illustrate how health research generates wealth in countries and contributes to economic and social development as well as equity in health, will run at the Lyons New Media Centre.

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  • Tracking the steps of international medical graduates en route to Canadian licensing

    01 Oct 2012

    International medical graduates (IMGs) often travel a long and convoluted road en route to being licensed to practice medicine in Canada. A federally-funded initiative that tracks IMGs on their paths to licensure, using annual data submitted by 38 organizations, will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Oct. 10 in CRL-B119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Three representatives of the Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER), which is the home of data and statistics on postgraduate medical education and IMGs in Canada, will describe how the IMG database tracks the progress of foreign medical graduates through evaluating exams, assessment centres, residency training programs, certification bodies, and into licensed medical practice. Examples will also show how post-M.D. training trends shed light on Canada’s response to specific health care priorities.

    The seminar will be presented by Steve Slade, vice-president of research and analysis at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Tamara Brown, national IMG database project manager at the AFMC, and research associate Linda Bourgeois.

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  • Equity and efficiency in 21st century health care subject of special CHEPA seminar

    23 Sep 2012

    The impact of primary health care delivery reforms in Quebec on both health care system efficiency and equity across population subgroups will be the subject of a special CHEPA seminar on Friday Sept. 28.

    The Canadian health care system is transitioning from a focus on hospital-based, acute care to continuous, coordinated care for patients with chronic diseases. Providing high-quality care, promoting equity, and constraining costs all create challenges. Erin Strumpf, assistant professor in McGill's Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, will present results from her evaluation of primary health care delivery reforms in Quebec in this context.

    She will also discuss the potential that preventive health-care policies, including cancer screening and immunization programs, have to affect equity in health care.

    The seminar will take place Friday Sept. 28 in CRL B119, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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  • New faculty members have expertise in issues related to diabetes, mental health treatment

    12 Sep 2012

    CHEPA’s faculty recently welcomed two new members:

    Daria O’Reilly is faculty director, Field Evaluation & Economic Assessment Program (FEEAP), Programs for Technology in Health (PATH) Research Institute at McMaster, and is a member of provincial working groups studying issues related to diabetes treatment and education, rheumatoid arthritis and hyperbaric oxygen therapy and negative pressure wound therapy.

    Gillian Mulvale, an assistant professor of health policy and management at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business, is also a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Consumer Group and helped develop the stakeholder and public engagement process for Toward Recovery and Well-being, which laid out the foundational goals upon which the Mental Health Strategy for Canada is based.

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  • CHEPA doctoral fellow will augment medical expertise with health economics research

    01 Aug 2012

    A medical doctor from the United States who has taken coursework towards a Master’s degree in public policy in health from UCLA as well as obtaining a Master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University is the recipient of CHEPA’s Doctoral Fellowship for 2012-2013.

    Ahmad Shariff von Schlegell will be among six students joining McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program in September, the fifth cohort for the program since its launch in 2008.

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  • Long-term care should be financed by a public insurance program: study

    29 Jun 2012

    Canada should implement a public insurance program to finance long-term care, concludes research conducted for the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) by CHEPA director Michel Grignon and Nicole F. Bernier, research director for the IRPP’s Faces of Aging program.

    As Canada’s population ages, a growing number of frail seniors will require long-term care services to help them perform daily activities such as eating, dressing or bathing. However, access to long-term care and its cost to individuals vary depending on the region where they live and whether they are still at home or in a residential facility. Their study, Financing Long-Term Care in Canada, concludes that ensuring that adequate care is accessible to every Canadian who needs it and financing it in a transparent way should be a national priority.

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  • Link between second-generation antipsychotics and diabetes in adults seminar topic

    20 Jun 2012

    Research showing that the risk of diabetes and mortality increases after adults switch from antidepressants to second-generation antipsychotics will be the subject of a special CHEPA seminar presented by William P. Warburton, PhD, on Friday, June 22.

    Previously used primarily to treat psychosis, second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are now used mainly for depression. Warburton will discuss results of a study involving 40 to 60-year-olds in British Columbia who had been treated for depression with an antidepressant and switched to another antidepressant or to a SGA, which found that adults with depression treated with an SGA face both an increased risk of developing diabetes and an increased risk of mortality.

    The seminar will take place in CRL B119, from 12:00 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. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate.

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  • Impact of financial incentives on dental care subject of seminar

    18 Jun 2012

    The impact of financial incentives for both providers and patients in ScotlandStefan Listl on the utilization of dental health services will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on June 20 in CRL B119 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

    Stefan Listl, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics and Econometrics (adjunct) at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, analyzed data for the years 1998 to 2007 from the Management Information and Dental Accounting System, which covered about 1.3 million dental claims for treatment delivered to Scottish NHS patients.

    As well, a special seminar will be held Friday June 22 on The link between second-generation antipsychotics and diabetes in adults. William P. Warburton, PhD, will present research showing that the risk of diabetes and mortality increases after adults switch from antidepressants to second-generation antipsychotics. The seminar will take place in CRL B119, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

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  • Frailty and healthy aging topic of special CHEPA seminar

    14 Jun 2012

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    Frailty and healthy aging strategies in Europe, viewed from a health economic perspective, will be the topic of a special CHEPA seminar on Friday, June 15.

    Nicholas Sirven, Health Economist with IRDES in Paris, France and Lead Researcher for the Frailty and its Consequences for Health Care Systems program, will discuss the implications for health care policy-makers of research data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and collaborations with Canadian colleagues in Québec and Ontario.

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  • Improving data sharing for global health research subject of CHEPA seminar

    02 May 2012

    Principles developed to promote and guide data sharing across the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on May 16, presented by Claudia Emerson, senior scientist at the Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network and University of Toronto, and adjunct assistant professor in philosophy at McMaster University.
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  • Julia Abelson a presenter for AHRQ webinar on public engagement

    08 Apr 2012

    Julia Abelson, a faculty member with CHEPA and an adjunct faculty with the McMaster Health Forum, will share her expertise in the design and evaluation of methods to engage the public to inform health care decision-making during a webinar on April 19 at 3 p.m.
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  • Priority-setting challenges for health system managers subject of CHEPA seminar

    05 Apr 2012

    A new framework developed to evaluate priority setting in low- and middle-income countries will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on April 18, presented by Lydia Kapiriri, assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging & Society.
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  • PLoS Medicine articles highlight need for improved research translation

    13 Mar 2012

    McMaster University’s John Lavis played a key role in a series of articles being published in PLoS Medicine that examine the need for and process of translating research evidence into guidance to inform policies that ultimately improve the delivery of healthcare nationally and globally.
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  • Research to support education practice and policy subject of March seminar

    12 Mar 2012

    The challenges of incorporating research knowledge into education practice and policy will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on March 21, presented by Ben Levin, the Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy.
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  • Presentations from special seminars on health policy available for viewing on CHEPA website

    28 Feb 2012

    CHEPA has hosted a series of special seminars this year, in addition to its regular monthly events. The presentations covered a range of health policy topics, and can now be viewed on the Seminar Series page of the CHEPA website.
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  • Public values related to inequalities in health subject of seminar on Feb. 22

    16 Feb 2012

    A study that examined values regarding social inequalities of health will be the subject of a seminar on Feb. 22 by an assistant professor from the University of Washington who is visiting CHEPA.
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  • Role of practice guidelines in policymaking subject of CHEPA February seminar

    03 Feb 2012

    The role of practice guidelines in policymaking will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar to be presented by Melissa Brouwers of McMaster University on Feb. 15.
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  • International doctoral students to enhance their training through Health Policy PhD program

    25 Jan 2012

    The first of four students from Africa who are joining McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program (each for a one-year period) through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) grant held by CHEPA Associate Director John Lavis has begun his studies here.
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  • Public health researcher from University of Edinburgh visits CHEPA in January

    23 Dec 2011

    Katherine Smith, a lecturer with the Global Public Health Unit at the University of Edinburgh, will be a visiting scholar with CHEPA in January 2012, and will give the CHEPA monthly seminar on Jan. 18.
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  • Role of data centre in McMaster-based research subject of CHEPA seminar

    02 Dec 2011

    Recent health-related research conducted in the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at McMaster –  which provides researchers with access to a wealth of survey and administrative data – will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Dec. 14.
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