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CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • 2019 Labelle Lecture will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Walker

    Dr. Jennifer WalkerThe 28th annual Labelle Lecture will be presented  on Thursday, November 14,  2019 on the topic of Indigenous Data and Research by Dr. Jennifer Walker, associate professor, School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, who holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health. She is also the Indigenous Lead for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

    The annual Labelle Lecture was created 28 years ago to honour Roberta Labelle, who was one of the founding members of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 was unexpected, and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. 

    Dr. Walker has Indigenous (Haudenosaunee) family roots and is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She has a PhD in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology specialization) from the University of Calgary and a BSc from the University of Waterloo.

    This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the guiding frameworks used to assert Indigenous data governance best practices, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP ®). 

    The lecture will take place on Thursday Nov. 14, 2019 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in HSC 1A4, followed by a reception in the Farncombe Atrium.

    The lecture will be preceded by the graduate student conference New Frontiers in Health Policy, which this year looks at drivers for change in health services and policy. Registration is free, and is open until November 1. For more information about the conference, click here.

     

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  • Dr. John Lavis elected CAHS fellow

    CHEPA member Dr. John Lavis, director of the McMaster Health Forum, has been made a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).
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    Fellows are chosen by peer review, and membership is considered one of the highest honours for members of Canada's health sciences community. For more information, click here.

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CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars during the academic year presented by invited speakers.  For information about upcoming seminars, click here.
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