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  • Transforming the Master of Public Health Program to Meet Workforce Needs

    25 May 2020

    Dr. Emma ApatuCHEPA member Emma Apatu and co-investigators Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Sarah Neil-Sztramko and Joel Tiller have been awarded a Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellowship from McMaster's MacPherson Institute for "Transforming the Master of Public Health Program to Meet Workforce Needs".

    Through a series of internal and external stakeholder engagement initiatives in 2018-2019, the program identified next steps for its development. With a renewed program vision: "Creating a healthier and more equitable world through evidence-informed public health research, education, and practice", it is ready to develop and refine a new set of strategic goals and objectives that will position the MPH program to be more ' responsive' to current and future health challenges. 

    For more information, click here.

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  • CHEPA members to evaluate the economics of a Canadian paramedic-led model of palliative care in the home

    04 Mar 2020

    A team of CHEPA members (Jean-Éric Tarride, Michel Grignon, Hsien Seow, Feng Xie and Gordon Blackhouse) has been selected by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) to conduct an economic evaluation and a budget impact analysis of a program that trains paramedics to provide palliative care in the homes of Canadians requiring urgent palliative services.
    The program, entitled “Paramedics and Palliative care: bringing vital services to Canadians” will run until spring, 2022. It is led by a partnership between CPAC and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), which are jointly providing up to $5.5 million to expand access to paramedics trained in providing palliative and end-of-life care to people in their homes.

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  • Kapiriri, Schwartz receive new CIHR grants

    09 Feb 2020

    Lydia KapiririCongratulations to CHEPA members Lydia Kapiriri and LisaLisa Schwartz Schwartz, who have been awarded new grants by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
    Lisa Schwartz is co- Principal Investigator, with Dr. Melissa Parker of McMaster’s Department of Pediatrics, on a project awarded a $100,000 CIHR Catalyst grant for Patient-Oriented Research for a study entitled “Circle of Emotions: Refining a Novel Emoji-Based Tool to Measure Children's Experiences.”

    Lydia Kapiriri is Principal Investigator on a project entitled “Reaching "last mile" adolescent populations to support equitable sexual and reproductive health and rights in Uganda” which has been awarded a $20,000 CIHR Planning and Dissemination grant.

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  • New research will study the cardiometabolic health consequences of late preterm birth

    24 Jan 2020

    Laura Anderson photoCongratulations to Laura Anderson, recipient of a three-year CIHR Project grant to study “Late preterm birth and cardiometabolic outcomes in children and young adults: Identifying opportunities for early life interventions.”

    Anderson is the Principal Investigator, and will lead a team of co-investigators from McMaster on the $300,000 project.

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  • The financial toll on patients and families of a cancer diagnosis

    06 Jan 2020

    Dr. Christopher Longo

    The results of a national study of the financial burden that cancer treatment puts on Canadian patients and families will were analyzed by CHEPA member Dr. Christopher Longo, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at McMaster’s Degroote School of Business, at a seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

    The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes beyond the clinical and emotional complexities to include impacts on patient and family financial security, with those in low income populations or who lack private health insurance more severely affected.  Longo’s seminar, entitled A National study evaluating patient and family financial burden associated with cancer treatment in Canada” will describe the results of research that evaluated the financial burden experienced by 901 patients from BC (131) Alberta (113), Manitoba (134), Ontario (472), and “rest of Canada” (51), including 344 breast, 183 colorectal, 158 lung and 216 prostate patients, with an average treatment duration of 318 days.

    The research found that the financial cost of a cancer diagnosis nationally averages $2723 per month.  These results suggest an increase in Ontario of more than 200% in financial costs of a cancer diagnosis since 2003. Moreover, financial decisions to forego care appear to be high for a largely publicly funded healthcare system. 

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  • Vanstone to lead research on informing cannabis use in pregnancy

    11 Dec 2019

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    Congratulations to CHEPA member Meredith Vanstone, the Principal Investigator on a newly-funded study entitled "Encouraging informed decisions about cannabis use in pregnancy: Educational needs of women and prenatal care providers." 

    The $243,000 research initiative is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with matched funds from McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine and the McMaster Education Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT) Program.

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  • Happy holidays from CHEPA

    09 Dec 2019

    Happy holidays from CHEPA!
    The seminar series will resume on Wednesday January 15, when CHEPA member Dr. Christopher Longo, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, DeGroote School of Business, will speak about “A National evaluation of the patient and family economic burden associated with a cancer diagnosis in Canada.” 
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  • Research in 'humanitarian + health + ethics': CHEPA seminar on Weds. November 20.

    18 Nov 2019

    Lisa SchwartzThis Wednesday’s CHEPA seminar will be presented by Lisa Schwartz, McMaster’s Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Ethics, who will explore the ideas of ‘humanitarian + health + ethics’, and examine some of the themes uncovered by Humanitarian Health Ethics’ (hhe) empirical research. She will also explore pathways for engaging in this research, and areas for further exploration in hhe.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend. It will also be accessible online, using Webex. To join remotely, copy and paste the following link into your browser. The password is CHEPAseminar.

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  • Evaluating public and patient engagement ‘impacts’ in the health system the topic of Oct. 23 CHEPA seminar

    18 Oct 2019

    Julia Abelson

    As efforts to actively involve patients, family members and the broader public in health research and health system decision-making have grown, attention is turning to the evaluation of these efforts, including the assessment of their impact. 

    In “Evaluating the ‘impacts’ of public and patient engagement in the health system: Concepts, approaches and tools,” Julia Abelson will discuss key concepts and approaches to evaluation and impact assessment in the public and patient engagement field, drawing attention to potentially competing goals, epistemological entry points and methodological challenges.

    Dr. Abelson is a professor in the Department of Health Research, Methods, Evidence & Impact (HEI), and an associate member of the Department of Political Science. She is also the Director of the Health Policy PhD program and a member of CHEPA.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend. It will also be accessible online, using Webex. To join remotely, copy and paste the following link into your browser. The password is CHEPAseminar.


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  • Dr. John Lavis elected CAHS fellow

    20 Sep 2019

    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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  • Seminar will review results of multi-disciplinary McConnell/CIHR study

    11 Sep 2019

    Jeremiah Hurley

    The results of a study commissioned by the McConnell  Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to look at options to enhance investments in health and social programs using four case studies in the areas of mental health, child and youth health, food security, and intergenerational trauma will be presented at CHEPA’s first seminar of the academic year on September 18 by Dr. Jerry Hurley, (pictured) Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Professor of Economics, and Dr. Jean-Eric Tarride, CHEPA Director, McMaster Chair in Health Technology Management & Professor of Health Technology Assessment.

    The presentation, entitled: "Spurring Health and Social Investment: Asset Recognition for Investments in Prevention and Early Intervention," will take place in CRL-B119 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be streamed and recorded online, using WebEx. The password is CHEPAseminar. To participate remotely, copy and paste this link into your browser:

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  • Manski talk on kidney transplant outcomes applies economics to decision-making for doctors

    28 Aug 2019

    Dr. Charles ManskiEconomist Charles Manski of Northwestern University will give a special seminar on Thursday Sept. 12 on the topic: “Predicting Kidney Transplant Outcomes with Partial Knowledge of HLA Mismatch.

    This talk is an application of the ideas Dr. Manksi presented last year at a CHEPA-sponsored short-course entitled “Techniques to Inform Development of Clinical Guidelines and Treatment Choice” and which inform his book: Patient Care under Uncertainty:  How cutting-edge economics can improve decision-making methods for doctors. 

    The seminar, sponsored by McMaster’s Department of Economics and CHEPA, will take place on Thursday, September 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. in room CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be available online through Webex. The password is Manskiseminar.  To connect, copy and paste this link into your browser:

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  • Palliative care in humanitarian crises zones

    23 Aug 2019

    Lisa SchwartzResearch by CHEPA's Dr. Lisa Schwartz and members of the Humanitarian Health Ethics (HHE) research group on palliative care needs in crisis zones was featured recently in an article published for World Humanitarian Day on August 19.

    Schwartz, who holds McMaster's Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics, notes that some patients can't be saved by rescuers in humanitarian crises.

    The group's research revealed a need to develop guidelines and training aimed at better preparing humanitarian health care teams for palliative care needs in the field. To read the article, click here.
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  • New research seeks to identify effective ways to improve road safety for seniors, cyclists

    13 Aug 2019

    Michel Grignon

    The effectiveness of interventions geared to helping municipal and provincial governments improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians – particularly seniors – is the focus of new research to be led by former CHEPA director Michel Grignonfunded by a one-year $40,000 MIRA/Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) Catalyst Grant.

    Walking is both an important source of physical activity and a primary mode of transportation for many seniors, who are also the main victims of collisions involving pedestrians. Better access to safer streets and sojourning improves mobility, social life and interactions, which leads to a healthier lifestyle, autonomy, social capital, and a better quality of life.

    Other CHEPA members involved in the research as co-investigators are Emmanuel Guindon and Jean-Éric Tarride. Additional co-investigators are Niko Yiannakoulias, Faculty of Science (Geography), Tara Marshall, Faculty of Social Sciences (Health, Aging & Society; Social psychology) and Mohamed Hussein, Faculty of Engineering(Civil Engineering).

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

    19 Jul 2019

    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. It will also be streamed live online. To connect remotely, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    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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  • Read the summer edition of the CHEPA News

    03 Jul 2019

    The summer 2019 edition of the CHEPA News is out! Click here to view.

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  • MSF conference will feature CHEPA research

    03 May 2019

    Lisa-SchwartzCHEPA’s Lisa Schwartz and the Humanitarian Health Ethics (HHE) Research Group will be playing a prominent role next week in London, England at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific Days 2019, which is sponsored by the Royal Society of Medicine.

     The full event will be live-streamed online (

    Before the conference begins, Schwartz, who holds McMaster’s Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics and is a member of the MSF Ethics Review Board, will give a pre-conference workshop presentation about ethical research collaborations.

    On May 9, she will chair a session at the full conference about “Power, Participation and People,” while the McMaster team’s research co-ordinator Rachel Yantzi (a soon-to-be HRM doctoral student) will present research entitled  “Nothing in the world can serve those people like palliative care: qualitative analysis of refugee and provider experiences in Jordan, Rwanda and Bangladesh.”

    The HHE group will also have poster presentations about two studies:  “Aid when there’s ‘nothing left to offer’: A study of palliative and supportive care during international public health crises (Pall-IPHC).” and “Isolation, quarantine and research in Ebola management: A comparative study of perceptions between communities, outbreak control teams and researchers (EVD-IQR)”, both of which were funded by funded by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme.

    Other investigators on those studies who have links to McMaster are Carrie Bernard, Sonya de Laat, Laurie Elit, Leigh-Anne Gillespie, Elysée Nouvet, and Julia Pemberton.

    See the conference agenda at

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  • Ellen Amster honoured for outstanding service to McMaster

    25 Apr 2019

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    ​CHEPA's Ellen Amster is the 2019 recipient of the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) Award for Outstanding Service.

    The Awards committee, made up of faculty, librarians, and students, said it was “particularly impressed by (Amster’s) significant contributions” to McMaster and that she has enhanced the reputation of the university in her work as the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, which straddles two Faculties – Health Sciences and Humanities, “contributing to teaching, service, and scholarship in both.”

    The committee cited Amster’s “innovative” work in establishing a History of Medicine and Medical Humanities web portal, which “brings together libraries, archives, museum collections, digital exhibits, digitized documents, medical blogs, and grant information from Canada and the world and which we understand has now become a research resource allowing accessibility of history to all students,” as among the achievements leading to the award.

    Amster also organized the History of Medicine Seminar Series, launched a new course entitled  “Bodies & Bodies Politic: From Public Health to Global Health” and also offered the Morocco Program in Maternal Health, bridging disciplines and faculties.

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  • Nominate a promising researcher to give the 28th Labelle Lecture

    03 Apr 2019

    The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations by May 15 for a promising junior health services researcher — a rising star in the field — to be the 2019 Labelle Lecturer.

    The Labelle Lecturer can be from any country and should have the following characteristics:

    1. Is early in his/her career development (assistant or early associate level), and shows tremendous promise based on early research accomplishments.

    2. Is conducting research on a topic that challenges existing methods or accepted ideas in health research.

    3. Is capable of delivering a high-quality lecture that will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience of health researchers and decision-makers.

    4. Can spend one to two days at McMaster University to present a one-hour lecture,  followed by a reception; meet with faculty and students, and attend a dinner.

    Please submit nominations by May 15, 2019, to Emmanuel Guindon, Chair of the Labelle Lectureship Committee, at, and include the following information regarding the nominee: 

    • Full name, current position, link to their faculty page, and, when possible, an updated CV.

    • A brief paragraph describing the topic on which you believe the nominated individual could present the Labelle Lecture.

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  • Seminar to address the need for targeted health equity approaches for Indigenous people

    13 Mar 2019

    Dr. Bernice DowneyShape-shifting the health equity paradigm: a story of reclamation of Indigenous strength, resilience and well-being,” will be presented on March 20 by Dr. Bernice Downey, who holds cross appointments with 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

    The seminar will examine the current Indigenous health policy environment, the need for targeted health equity approaches for Indigenous people, and 
    describe how an Indigenous ‘IND-equity’ framework can support efforts to address health inequality while respecting and incorporating unique factors related to Indigenous population health, including First Nations' diverse knowledge, practices and beliefs about well-being.

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

    It will also be available remotely online through WebEx. To join, click here or copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is CHEPAseminar.

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