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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Throughout the academic year, CHEPA recruits speakers to present seminars on selected health research topics. The series attracts attention from a large audience, which is drawn from the university and wider community interested in health and health care issues.


Scheduled future seminars

Date                            Room    Speaker                                        Topic

CHEPA seminars will resume in September, 2019

All seminars are on the third Wednesday of the month and run from 12:30 - 1:30 pm unless otherwise indicated 

2018-2019 Speakers

Wednesday March 20, 2019
Bernice Downey,
PhD, cross-appointed to McMaster’s School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and is also the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science.  
Shape-shifting the health equity paradigm: a story of reclamation of Indigenous strength, resilience and well-being."
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Wednesday February 27, 2019
Katherine Boothe, Associate professor, Department of Political Science, McMaster University and CHEPA member.
"Public and patient involvement in Canadian drug assessment: practitioner and participant views."
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January 16, 2019
Irene Mussio, Post-doctoral Fellow, McMaster’s Department of Economics, and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).
"Valuing the burden of asthma on children: a joint preferences approach."
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Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018
Laura Anderson, Assistant Professor, HEI, McMaster University; Adjunct Scientist in the division of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute.
"Issues in childhood obesity: from measurement to evaluation of population health interventions"
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Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018
Dr. Murray Khran, Director of THETA (Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.
"Development of the Ontario Decision Framework."

Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018
Andrew Costa, Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging; Assistant Professor, HEI, McMaster University.
"Home care: Policy and practice in a changing health system"

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Wednesday Oct. 3, 2018
Dr. Ruth Lavergne, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University.
Primary care, secondary data: Learning from policy change in British Columbia”

Wednesday Sept 19, 2018
Dr. Margherita GiannoniVisiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Perugia, Italy. 
Financial problems and health inequalities in Europe: How does Italy compare? (Results from ongoing work with Massimo Filippini and William Greene) 
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2017-2018 Speakers

Wednesday April 11 and Thursday April 12
Prof. Charles Manski
Personalizing patient care under uncertainty: Techniques to inform development of treatment guidelines and clinical choice
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Wednesday March 21, 2018
Dr. Eduardo Fé
Cognitive skills and the development of strategic sophistication

Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018
Dr. Dee Mangin
Policy, Performance and Polypharmacy
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Monday Jan. 15, 2018
Dr. Jennifer Zelmer
From e-Booking to e-Visits and Beyond: Virtual Care Trends, Economics, and Policy Perspectives
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Weds Dec. 6, 2017
Dr. Terence Cheng
Effects of health shocks (cancer, stroke) on the elderly in Singapore

Weds Nov. 15, 2017
Dr. Jason Busse
Medical marijuana from a health economics and policy point of view

Weds Oct. 18, 2017

Dr. Mitchell Levine
PMPRB: A time for policy change?

Wednesday Sept 13, 2017
LABELLE LECTURE: Dean Spears, executive director of the Research Institute for Responsible Economics (r.i.c.e) 
Where India goes: Abandoned toilets, stunted development, and the costs of caste
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Wednesday Sept 20, 2017
Yaw Owusu
RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) Program: Development, Implementation and Evaluation

2016-2017 Speakers

Wednesday March 15, 2017
Vivek Jadon and Mustafa Ornek
Using Statistics Canada microdata for health policy research
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Wednesday Feb 15, 2017
Fran Scott
'Dance with the one the brung ya': Public health and primary care|
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Wednesday Jan 18, 2017
Nancy Santesso
Supporting patients with information about clinical practice guidelines

Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
Michelle Wyndham-West
The co-production of power and culture in Ontario HPV vaccine policymaking

Wednesday Nov 16, 2016
Hsien Seow
CHEPA + ICES = a match made in heaven?: New research opportunities at McMaster using administrative data
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Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
Dr. David Price
Catching up to the rest of the world
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Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 - 25th anniversary Labelle Lecture
Antoine Boivin, 
Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership
Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients
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Wednesday Sept 21, 2016

Elizabeth Alvarez
Contextualizing guidance for health systems strengthening


2015-2016 Speakers

Wednesday May 18, 2016
Julien Mousques
Learnings about the impact of integrated care on efficiency - The cases of  French Primary Care Teams in France and Accountable Care Organizations in the USA.

Wednesday March 16, 2016
Jenny Ploeg
Developing, adapting, and evaluating complex nursing and health care interventions: Lessons learned from the Diabetes Partnership Program in home and community care settings in Canada.

Wednesday Feb. 17, 2016
Karen Grépin
Cash on delivery and other mobile maternal health incentives: evidence from a randomized trial in Kenya 

Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016
Dr. Sean Rourke
Meaningful engagement of affected people and communities in research: Why it matters, how it's done, and what impact it can have.

Wednesday Jan. 20, 2016

Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein and Dr. Archna Narula
The NOSE TO TAIL TOOL: a new deliberative approach to facilitating successful development, implementation and scale up of healthcare innovations.

Wednesday Dec. 16, 2015
Nicola Lacetera
Morality-efficiency trade-offs in repugnant markets: The case of payments for organ donors 

Wednesday Dec. 2
Dr. Robert Reid
Learning Healthcare systems: A practical approach

Wednesday Nov. 25
Francois Beland
Is there such a thing as 'Trajectories of Care?'

Wednesday Nov. 18, 2015
Cheryl Forchuk
Playing musical chairs: Understanding homelessness and mental health

Wednesday Oct. 28, 2015
Walt Dawson
Policy change in aging societies: Long-term services & supports financing in Canada and the United States 

Weds Oct. 7, 2015
Labelle Lecture presented by Dr. Katy Kozhimannil
How health-care policies affect women and their families

2014-2015 Speakers

Wednesday June 17, 2015
Fern Terris-Prestholt
Discrete Choice Experiments: Incorporating user preference to inform optimal study design and economic evaluation models

Wednesday May 20, 2015
Richard Cookson
Incorporating equity into health care performance measurement - a framework and application.
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Wednesday May 13, 2015
Guillermo Paraje
Efforts to reform the health care system in Chile.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Catherine Deri Armstrong
Evaluating the effectiveness of a pragmatic outreach facilitation intervention aimed at improving evidence-based cardiovascular care.

Wednesday, March 15, 2015
Rachel Zhou
Transnational family, transnational care, and transnational aging: Bridging the gap between policy and lived experience

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Andreas Laupacis
Determining the Research Priorities of Patients, 'carers' and Clinicians: The Initial Experience with the James Lind Alliance Approach in Canada
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Monday, February 9, 2015
François Béland, Professor, Universite de Montreal; Adjunct Professor, Geriatric Medicine, McGill; Co-leader, CIHR research team on fragility and aging
Measurement of Frailty Among Elderly Patients
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Professor Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Ross Upshur
Ethics and Ebola: How do We Address Complex Ethical Issues in and Evolving Humanitarian Emergency?
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Wednesday, December 19, 2014   
Adrienne Chan, Medical Advisor and Joshua Berman, Knowledge Translation and Policy Maker
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Malawi:  A Case Study in Health Systems Research and Policy Impact in Low Resource Settings
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Andrew Costa, Assistant Professor, CE&B & Aging in McMaster University
Emergency department use among seniors:  New models of care and their implications for policy and evaluative science To listen to and view the full presentation click here.
version Part 1. YouTube version Part 2.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Jan William Gorter, Director, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University
Let's Make Transition Better
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Anita Kothari & Megan Ward
Why do public health people not think form a systems perspective?
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2013-2014 Speakers

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jessica Shearer, Phd
Network Approaches to Modelling the Exchange and Use of Research Evidence in Health Policy Decision-Making
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Anne Wong, Associate Professor, McMaster's Department of Anesthesia and Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development
International Medical Graduates:  Policy and Culture

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Amanda Grenier, PhD, Gilbrae Chair in Aging & Mental Health, Director, Gilbrae Centre for the Study of Aging, McMaster University Planning for Aging Societies:  Rethinking Structures & Frameworks that Organize Late Life

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Yasser Moullan, PhD, Research Officer, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
Social Determinants of Obesity among Immigrants in Europe

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Katherine Boothe, PhD, Assistant Professor, McMaster Department of Political Science
Cost-effective drugs:  paradigms and policies in Australia, Ontario, and the UK
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Danielle Soucy, BA, MA, Aboriginal Students Health Sciences (ASHS)
How to engage with enggement: The ASHS office and CHEPA

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Michael Hillmer, MOHLTC, Planning, Research and Analysis Branch
Health Services Research and Knowledge Translation in Ontario
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Pamela Baxter, McMaster University School of Nursing
Health care funding reform:  Examining the issue through a different lens

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Wednesday, December18, 2013
Jeremy Veillard, PhD, Vice-President for Research & Analysis, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
It’s all about the data:  What CIHI can do for you and what you can do with CIHI data – today and tomorrow
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Meredith Vanstone, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Sex and Gender Analysis in Policy Research

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Felix Li
Using Methods of Moments Technique to Combine Population and Survey Data
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sara Allin and Michel Grignon
Measuring Efficiency in Canada's Health Care System

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2012-2013 Speakers

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:00 to 12:00
Achilleas Thoma, Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, Dept. of Surgery at McMaster
The use of cost-effectiveness analysis in plastic surgery clinical research: Challenges and opportunities

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:30 to 1:30
Honourable Elinor Caplan, Tom Bigda and Maia MacNiven
From Innovation to Transformation... Up the Curve in Ontario Health Care

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:30 to 1:30
Meredith Vanstone, CHEPA Postdoctoral Fellow
Systematically Synthesizing Qualitiative Research to Address Social Values in Health Technology Assessment

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:30 to 1:30
Pierre-Gerlier Forest, President and CEO, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation
Perspectives on the Federal Role in Health Policy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:30 to 1:30
Chao (Sarah) Wang, McMaster Economics PhD Candidate.
Delisting eye examination from public health insurance:  Evidence from Canada

Monday, January 28, 2012 12:30 to 1:30
Kelley Lee, Director of Global Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University
WHO at 65: Retirement or renewal?

2011-2012 Speakers

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:30 to 1:30 Jon Sachs, evaluation specialist at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement in Ottawa. Knowledge Uptake Trends: The Case of CFHI’s Mythbusters 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:30 to 1:30 Ilaria Mosca, PhD, assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a visiting professor at CHEPA. The effect of physician fees and density differences on regional variation in hospital treatment.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:30 to 1:30 Steve Slade, Tamara Brown and Linda Bourgeois Tracking the Paths of International Medical Graduates en Route to Licensing in Canada 

Friday, September 28, 2012 9:30 to 11:00 (special seminar) Erin Strumpf , PhD Equity and Efficiency in 21st Century Health Care.

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00 to 1:30 William P. Warburton, PhD Link Between Second-Generation Antipsychotics and Diabetes in Adults

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:30 to 1:30 Stefan Listl, PhD, Doctorate in dental medicine 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  Utilization of dental health services in Scotland: The impact of financial incentives on both providers and patients 

Friday, June 15, 2012 12:00 p.m. Nicolas Sirven, Research Fellow Health Economist with IRDES in Paris, France and Lead Researcher for  Frailty and its Consequences for Health Care Systems programme Frailty and Healthy Ageing Strategies in Europe: A Health Economics Perspective 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Claudia Emerson, PhD, MA Senior Scientist, Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network and University of Toronto From Principles ot Policy: Data Sharing in Global Health 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL B119 Lydia Kapiriri, PhD MPH Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Aging & Society, McMaster University MA Framework for Evaluating "Effective" Priority Setting in Low and Middle Income Countries

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL B119 Ben Levin, MA PhD Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy Professor, University of Toronto Mobilizing Research Knowledge in Education 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Erika Blacksher, MA PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities University of Washington Health Equity, Public Values and Public Deliberation 

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Melissa Brouwers, MA PhD Associate Professor, Department of Oncology McMaster University Practice Guidelines and Policy: Oil and Vinegar or Two Peas in a Pod? 

Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CRL-B119 Erin Strumpf, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University Cancer screening policy and the effectiveness of population-based screening: evidence from the U.S. and Canada 

Monday, January 23, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CRL-B119 Jillian Kohler, PhD Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Munk School of Global Affairs University of Toronto Canada's Access to Medicines Regime: The Gap Between Political Promises and Policy Outcomes 

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CRL-B119 Josée Lavoie, PhD Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences University of Northern British Columbia Documenting Equitable Access to Primary Health Care for Vulnerable, Rural, Remote and Northern Populations

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119
Katherine Smith, M.Sc. PhD Lecturer, Global Public Health Unit University of Edinburgh, UK The politics of ideas: The complex relationship between research and policy in public health. 

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Byron Spencer, PhD Professor, Deparment of Economics, Director of the Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, McMaster University Topic: Research Use of Ontario Administrative Health Data: Some Results from the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre @McMaster

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119
Michael Egan, PhD Associate Professor, Deparment of History, McMaster University Topic: The Politics of Expertise (or, When Scientists Disagree): Uncertainty, Agnotology and Haste in Twentieth Century Mercury Science T

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Nancy Doubleday, PhD, LLB Hope Chair in Peace and Health, Associate Professor, Deparment of Philosophy, McMaster University Topic: Walking the Talk: Research as Praxis for Advancing Peace and Health View slides from this presentation

2010-2011 Speakers

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Sisira Sarma, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicince and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario Topic: Does it matter the way obesity is measured in social science literature? Some new findings from Canada 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Katherine Boothe, MA, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, McMaster University Topic: How the pace of change affects the outcomes you get: the case of pharmaceutical insurance View slides, or listen to the audio from this presentation.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119
Fadi El-Jardali, PhD Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut Program Director, Research, Advocacy and Public Policy Program, Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs Topic: Staying on target with the evidence-informed policy agenda in the Middle East region: Essentials, progress, challenges and midway lessons 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Gregory P. Marchildon, PhD Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina Topic: The Defederalization of Medicare? 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Michael Gusmano, PhD Research Scholar, The Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Topic: Access to care in world cities 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Vikki Entwistle, PhD Professor of Values in Healthcare, Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of Dundee, Scotland Topic: Valuing health care experiences: challenges for policy and research

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 Yukiko Asada, PhD Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Topic: A summary measure of health inequities: Integrating ethics, methods and policy 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. DialogueSpace, McMaster Health Forum, MML-417 Claire Harris, MBBS, PhD Director, Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Melbourne, Australia Public Health Physician Topic: Australia's Centre for Clinical Effectivenss: Evolution of an evidence-based practice support unit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. CRL-B119 David Feeny, PhD Senior Investigator, Assistant Program Director Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, Ore. Topic: Body weight, gender and health-related quality of life: Results from a National Longitudinal Survey of Canadian adults 

2009-2010 Speakers

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. HSC-1J8 Frank Chaloupka, PhD Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Director, UIC Health Policy Center Topic: Applying lessons learned from tobacco to promote physical activity and healthy eating

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. HSC-1J8 Andrea Frolic, MA, PhD Clinical and Organizational Ethicist, Hamilton Health Sciences Topic: What is 'ethical' health policy analysis? The roles of ethics committees in hospital policy development

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. HSC-1J8 Sanjeev Sridharan, PhD, MS Director, Evaluation Program, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Topic: Ten steps to making evaluations matter.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. HSC-1J7 Damien Contandriopoulos, Researcher, School of Public Health Research Institute Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Montreal Topic: Preliminary findings from a systematic study on organizational level knowledge exchange processes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. HSC-1J7 Lydia Kapiriri, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Aging and Society, McMaster University Topic: Fairness and Accountability for Reasonableness: Do the views of priority setting decision makers differ across health systems and levels of decision-making? 

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