Featured Awards

CAHSPR celebrates a variety of awards related to health services and policy research that are offered by partner organizations. Many of these awards are formally presented at the annual CAHSPR conference.

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation (Hall Foundation) was created to preserve the memory of Justice Emmett M. Hall, the “father” of Canadian Medicare.


Emmett Hall Memorial Lectureship

One of Canada’s most prestigious lectureships, the Emmett Hall Memorial Lectureship commemorates the father of Canadian Medicare with an annual address at the CAHSPR Conference.

Sponsored by the Hall Foundation, the lecturer is nominated on the basis of outstanding contributions to the health ideals articulated by Justice Hall: equity, fairness, justice and efficiency.

Please visit The Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation website for more information.


Hall Lecture Winners

2013: Brian Hutchison
McMaster University

Professor Emeritus, Departments of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University

Brian Hutchison is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, Co-Chair of the Canadian Working Group for Primary Healthcare Improvement and Senior Advisor for Primary Care to Health Quality Ontario He is a past Director (2002-2005) of the McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and served as founding Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Policy (2004-2009) and President of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (2010-2011). He practiced comprehensive family medicine for five years in a fee-for-service group practice, followed by 25 years in a McMaster University academic family practice. Brian held a National Health Research Scholar award from Health Canada from 1994 to 1999. He was the 2004 recipient of the Health Services Research Advancement Award presented by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Brian received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Medicine Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2008. His areas of research and policy interest include organization, funding and delivery of primary and community care, needs-based health care resource allocation and funding methods, provider payment methods, quality improvement and preventive care.

Past Emmett Hall Memorial Lectureship winners can be found here.

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Hall Foundation Student Essay Awards

The Hall Foundation runs an annual essay contest for student writing on topics in health services or health policy.

Winning essays are posted on the Hall Foundation website and displayed at a poster session organized by the Hall Foundation at the Annual CAHSPR Conference.

Health Services & Health Policy 2013 Student Essay Competition Poster

Student Essay Competition: Guidelines (PDF)


Hall Student Essay Winners

2013 Doctorial Student Essay: Renee Carter
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

Essay Title: 
Evaluation Access to Primary Care in Canada: Identifying Methodological Challenges and Implications for Health Inequalities Using the Case of Family Medicine Groups in Quebec

Accessibility to physician and hospital services regardless of one’s ability to pay is one of five defining features of the Canada Health Act and a source of pride among Canadians. However, long wait times to access primary care services are a growing concern and the object of reforms across the provinces since 2000. Of interest to researchers is not only the impact of reforms on alleviating barriers to accessing services, but also the effect of changes on health inequalities. Using the case of Family Medicine Groups (FMGs) introduced in Quebec in 2003 to reorganize service delivery of primary care, this essay considers the methodological challenges associated with studying the impact of organizational effects on access to primary care, and the implications of FMGs for health inequalities. Three main characteristics upon which the FMG reform was based are addressed: (1) voluntary physician take-up; (2) regional variation in FMG implementation, and; (3) voluntary patient enrolment. Accounting for voluntary physician takeup and regional variation in implementation are critical for preserving the validity of a study design that addresses the association between the organizational effects of the reform and access to primary care. Furthermore, while increasing access to primary care is critical to upholding Canada’s universal healthcare system, research must also examine the impact of reforms on reducing the socioeconomic gradient in health.

2013 Masters Student Essay: Angie Natingor 
School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University BC

Essay Title:
Caring for End-Of-Life Caregivers in British Columbia: An Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis

Canada’s aging population has led to a greater focus on ensuring that seniors are assured the ability to access end-of-life treatment at home. However, policies focused on those in need of end-of-life care often do not acknowledge the needs of informal caregivers: unpaid friends and family providing at-home care. The principle of accessibility from the Canada Health Act is meant to facilitate reasonable access to services by discouraging financial and other barriers to health services for all Canadians. However, the specific focus of the Canada Health Act to compensate and consider insured health providers excludes those informally providing care. Using an intersectionality-based approach, this essay aims to evaluate existing end-of-life policies in terms of how well, or not, they are able to meet the needs of individuals informally providing care to those who are at end-of-life. This reflexive and relational evaluative approach is guided by questions such as, How are groups differentially affected by this representation of the ‘problem’?, What are the current policy responses to the ‘problem’?, and What inequities actually exist in relation to the problem?

2013 Undergraduate Student Essay: Evren DeSousa
Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University BC

Essay Title: 
Debunking an Apocalyptic Myth: the Unsustainability of Healthcare

Population aging has important implications for Canada’s health and economic institutions. Adverse health outcomes intensify as aging progresses. In comparison to the rest of the population, an older population is seen to utilize more health and medical services. Apocalyptic demography suggests an increasing elderly population will eventually bankrupt the healthcare system. Claims of unsustainability could be detrimental to the Canada Health Act’s principle of public administration as it provides a case for a reformation of Canadian healthcare: from publicly administered health services, to a public-private parallel system. The primary focus of this paper will be to examine apocalyptic demography’s assertions of economic unsustainability by the Canadian healthcare system; a healthcare economics perspective will be used to refute these misconceptions. Increases in life expectancy and the subsequent growth of an elderly population are not seen to radically increase healthcare expenditures. Instead, rising costs of pharmaceuticals, improper management of geriatric drug treatment regimens, and utilization of medical technologies are drivers of soaring healthcare costs. The principal questions to be addressed are as follows: 1) Will the growing elderly population bankrupt the healthcare system? 2) What factors are driving healthcare costs up?

Past Hall Foundation Student Essay Award winners can be found here.

CAHSPR is not responsible for the accuracy of information contained in external websites.

CIHR - IHSPR Article of The Year

Presented by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) to recognize published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada.

For more information on this award please visit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/38260.html


CIHR - IHSPR Rising Star Award

Presented by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) to recognize the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of upcoming Canadian graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the area of health services and policy research.

For more information on this award please visit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/34949.html


CIHR-IHSPR/CAHSPR Student Poster Competition

Co-sponsored by the CIHR-ISHPR and CAHSPR to recognize the three most outstanding posters presented at the CAHSPR conference by master’s and doctoral students.

For more information on this award please visit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/36098.html

CAHSPR is not responsible for the accuracy of information contained in external websites.

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