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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

    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

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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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  • Seminar examines health care funding reform through a different lens

    21 Jan 2014

    Patient-based funding (PBF) is a healthcare funding approach that has gained international recognition by demonstrating a number of favourable outcomes including improved access to care, decreased healthcare costs and higher quality care. Leaders who demonstrate a vision and a commitment to PBF are considered key to successful PBF implementation, but to date little work has been completed in this area.

    In a Feb. 5 CHEPA seminar, McMaster nursing professor Pamela Baxter will present findings from a systematic review conducted on leaders’ experiences implementing PBF in acute care settings, talk about the results of pilot work conducted in Ontario and share plans for a large mixed methods study.

    The seminar will be held Wednesday Feb. 5 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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  • Guindon joins CHEPA as Chair in Health Equity

    15 Jan 2014

    CHEPA welcomes Emmanuel Guindon as the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis/Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Chair in Health Equity.

    The appointment, offered to a “dynamic early- or mid-career scholar who will lead an innovative research program focused on the production and communication of policy-relevant research that addresses issues of equity and efficiency in health and health-care, at the individual or systemic levels,” is for a five-year renewable term. 

    Guindon was previously an assistant professor in the Département d’administration de la santé  at Université de Montréal, and Chercheur régulier, Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM).

    The faculty appointment is secured by an endowment jointly funded by CHEPA, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

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  • CIHI is all about data: CHEPA seminar tells how to make it work for you

    10 Dec 2013

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has a wealth of statistical information waiting to be mined. 

    On Dec 18th, Jeremy Veillard, CIHI’s vice-president of research, presents It’s all about the data: What CIHI can do for you and what you can do with CIHI data – today and tomorrow.

    This seminar outlines what CIHI data sources are available for researchers and students and what its plans are for data acquisition, access, integration and timeliness. He also looks at what CIHI is doing with the data and what data sets Canadian researchers might be able to put their hands on in the future.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Dec. 18 in CRLB 119 from 12:30 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 addresses research implications of sex and gender analysis requirements

    12 Nov 2013

    Funding agencies increasingly require sex and gender analysis to be included in health services and policy research. The implications this trend poses for researchers will be the topic of a CHEPA seminar presented by faculty member Meredith Vanstone.The seminar will be held on Weds.  Nov. 20 in CRLB 119 from 12:30 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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  • Seminar looks at how health shocks affect employment

    06 Nov 2013

    Vincent Pohl, assistant professor of policy studies and economics at Queen’s University, will on Friday Nov. 8 discuss the results of his study: The effect of health shocks on employment: evidence from accidents in Chile.

    The research used administrative employment data and hospital records to estimate the causal effect of health shocks on employment. Pohl says external health shocks such as accidents served as a source of exogenous variation in the study. To control for employment trends, he matched treatment and control groups on observables and employed a difference-in-differences strategy. The estimates show that health shocks reduce employment by about three percentage points. Women, individuals with little education, and those with severe shocks were found to be most affected.

    The seminar will take place on Friday Nov. 8 from 3 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Econ KTH 334.

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  • New online journal analyzing health reform initiatives publishes first issue

    16 Oct 2013

    The online journal Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé (HRO-ORS) developed by CHEPA director Michel Grignon, who serves as its editor-in-chief, has published its inaugural issue.

    HRO-ORS is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal, publishing concise, plain-language analyses of individual health reforms related to the governance, financing and delivery of health care in the Canadian provinces and territories, as well as in-depth, cross-issue and cross-jurisdictional “roll-ups” of these reforms.

    The first issue contains four peer-reviewed articles:

    Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé does not charge fees to readers or contributors. For information concerning submissions or to express interest in joining the team of reviewers, please contact the journal’s managing editor, Nancy Johnson, at

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  • Effectively combining population and survey data topic of CHEPA seminar

    08 Oct 2013

    Surveys done for health services and economics research purposes, including those taken as part of clinical trials, often suffer from poor response levels or attrition and this may prompt researchers to weight the data. Survey results may also not reflect situations where the interview subjects have similar characteristics, for example when the respondents are predominantly women.

    In an Oct. 16 CHEPA seminar, economics PhD candidate Qing (Felix) Li will describe an approach that combines both population and survey data using a method of moments technique that matches auxiliary moments of the two data sources to estimate micro-econometric models. He provides Monte Carlo evidence to show that the approach can appreciably reduce both bias and variance.

    Li will show how this technique can be used in a health human resource context by describing how it was used to analyze factors associated with students’ decisions to drop out of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program (MEP). The high dropout rate in this academically and professionally challenging program is causing a lack of access to midwifery care for an estimated 2,425 Ontario women each year.

    The seminar will be held Wednesday Oct. 16 from 12:30 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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  • Labelle Lectureship: How austerity kills

    24 Sep 2013

    A pioneering public health expert will describe how countries hit hard by the global financial crisis have damaged the health of their citizens with economic measures taken to balance budgets and stabilize financial markets, at the 22nd annual Labelle Lectureship.

    David Stuckler, Senior Research Leader in Sociology at the University of Oxford, England, and author of The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, will be the guest lecturer at the event on Oct. 2, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 1A1 of the Health Sciences Centre. All are welcome to attend.

    The Labelle Lectureship is an annual event organized by CHEPA, the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health Research Institute. It was established in 1992 in memory of Roberta Labelle, a founding member of CHEPA who died in 1991. The annual lectureship features a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an interdisciplinary approach to research.

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  • CHEPA seminars resume with a look at measuring health system efficiency

    29 Aug 2013

    The first CHEPA seminar of the new academic year will be held on Sept. 18, when Sara Allin, a senior researcher at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and CHEPA director Michel Grignon will describe measures used to examine health system efficiency in Canada.

    The seminar, Measuring efficiency in Canada's health system, draws from a study that brings together data on health spending and health outcomes at the regional level to examine health system efficiency in Canada using data envelopment analysis (DEA). It also explores the environmental and health system factors that help to explain variations in efficiency across the country.

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  • Meredith Vanstone joins CHEPA faculty

    13 Aug 2013

    CHEPA’s faculty recently welcomed Meredith Vanstone as a
    new member. Vanstone, who is an assistant professor with McMaster’s Department of clinical epidemiology & biostatistics, was a post-doctoral fellow at the centre in 2012-13.

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  • A year of celebration and change

    16 Jul 2013

    CHEPA marked a fiscal year full of milestones and challenges last year. Read about them in CHEPA 2012-13 in review, an annual summary of the centre’s events and achievements.
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  • New journal to offer best available evidence on Canadian health care reforms

    10 Jun 2013

    Michel GrignonA new open-access peer-reviewed online journal Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé ( dedicated to publishing concise, plain-language analysis of health reforms related to governance, financing and delivery of health care in Canada, as well as in-depth, cross-issue and cross-jurisdictional “roll-ups” of these reforms, is actively seeking submissions and building its list of reviewers. 

    The journal, launched in May under CHEPA director Michel Grignon, the publication’s editor-in-chief, above, is free of charge to both to readers and contributors.

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  • Jillian Kohler joins CHEPA as associate faculty member

    04 Jun 2013

    Jillian Kohler, the Director of Global Health at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Munk School of Global Affairs and an Associate Professor, University of Toronto, has joined CHEPA as an associate member.
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  • Scotland's new heart disease prevention policy model topic of special seminar

    04 Jun 2013

    While there is global interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, limited resources make it important  to assess the cost effectiveness of policy initiatives to prioritize interventions and patients.

    Kenny Lawson, a lecturer on health economics at the University of Glasgow, will describe the recently-developed Scottish CVD (cardiovascular disease) Policy Model at special CHEPA seminar on Friday June 7 at 2 p.m. in CRLB 119. The model was built using patient level data with lifetime follow-up, has been validated and is now being used by policymakers. The model enables an assessment of the impact of interventions on (morbidity-adjusted) life expectancy, lifetime hospitalization costs and health inequalities.

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  • Hutchison's dedication to primary care honoured with Emmett Hall Lectureship

    15 May 2013

    Brian Hutchison’s lifelong dedication to understanding and improving primary health care in Canada is being recognized with the Emmett Hall Memorial Lectureship, one of Canada’s most prestigious honours. Hutchison, Professor Emeritus at CHEPA and McMaster's departments of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will present the Hall Laureate Lecture May 29th at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) annual conference in Vancouver. The lectureship is a lifetime achievement award conferred by health services and policy scholars in Canada.

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  • Former Ontario Health Minister to speak at CHEPA seminar

    15 May 2013

    The Hon. Elinor Caplan, left, who was Ontario’s Minister of Health from 1987 to 1990 and was a federal cabinet minister from 1999 to 2003, joins co-authors Tom Bigda Peyton, below, and Maia MacNiven to discuss their book From Innovation to Transformation: Moving up the Curve in Ontario Healthcare, about the Health Transformation Learning Partnership (HTLP) project, in a CHEPA seminar on Wednesday May 15. Their presentation will describe the combination of techniques that were used to transform three healthcare organizations in Ontario: North York General Hospital, York Central Hospital, and the South East Community Care Access Centre.

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  • CHEPA celebrates announcement of three-year research funding

    01 Apr 2013

    Congratulations to CHEPA faculty John Lavis and Jeremiah Hurley for successfully leading the application for funds from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the research program Harnessing Evidence and Values to Health System Excellence.

    The research program will be supported over three years (April 2013 to March 2016) by a one-time, multi-year grant of $4.9 million through the Ministry’s new Health System Research Fund - Research Awards competition.

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  • Seminar looks at implications of altered federal role in health policy

    13 Mar 2013

    The current federal government insists its role in health policy is limited to providing funds to the provinces. In a seminar titled Perspectives on the Federal Role in Health Policy, Pierre-Gerlier (P.G.) Forest, President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, will discuss the implications that this approach to governing health care, which he describes as a departure from the cautious course favoured by previous governments, may have on the adaptive capacity of the national health care system.

    The seminar will take place on Wednesday March 20 in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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