CAHSPR Conference 2014: Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence – Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • Dates: 12 – 15 May, 2014
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Address: Hilton Toronto
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The 2014 Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference is themed “Convergence of Health Policy and Evidence- Bridge Over Troubled Water” and will focus on aspects related to evidence-informed policy and decision making. The program for this year’s conference is shaping up to be quite outstanding and unprecedented. We anticipate having the highest ever participation including both researchers and a record number of policy makers with between 600-700 participants in attendance.

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CFHI Participation

1. Bridging the gap between health and social services for youth and young adult mental health (Oral Presentation)
May 13, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

As part of CFHI’s Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration (AHC), the PEER 126 community-based mental health engagement and education initiative based in Saint John N.B. is undertaking an action-oriented initiative utilizing measurement and evaluation tools to capture and track the needs of young adults ages 16-29 requiring non-clinical mental health services and support. Using a mixed methodology, this evaluative approach has resulted in a framework for the development of community-based youth and adult mental health services across a health system. Early results have demonstrated a need for cohesion across health and social services to effectively design and deliver integrated care for young adults with mental illness or addiction outside of clinical settings.

Confirmed names for session speakers: 

  • Bronwyn Davies, New Brunswick Department of Health 
  • Judy Armstrong, Horizon Health Network

CFHI Contribution

1. Why it is So Hard to Reform Health Care Policy in Canada (Sub-plenary Session)
May 15, 8:30am

This session assesses the nature and extent of health-care policy reform in Canada since the beginning of the 1990s, sets out the factors that account for the mediocre reform record that was achieved, and discusses the prospects for reform going forward.

 Confirmed names for session speakers: 

  • John Church, University of Alberta, Political Science 
  • Harvey Lazar, University of Victoria and Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University 
  • John Lavis, McMaster University 
  •  Greg Marchildon, University of Regina 

The content of this sub-plenary session is based on the material in the recently published book “Paradigm Freeze”. The initial research received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Health Canada. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) provided funding for the final analysis and publication of the book.