CAHSPR Newsletters

January 2013

Happy New Year from The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research!


A message from CAHSPR President Adalsteinn Brown

The start of a new year provides an occasion to both reflect on the past year and to look ahead. I am pleased to report that, from my vantage point at least, this past year has been a good one for CAHSPR. Among other things we: 

  • held a very successful annual conference in Montreal in May attracting a record number of delegates (over 550);
  • engaged a new Executive Director in July (Lillian Bayne);
  • organized our first annual policy forum in November (Ten Years Since Romanow: Retrospect and Prospect);
  • established a new theme group on evidence-informed intervention (Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships or CHIPs); and
  • confirmed our Conference Planning Committee membership, conference theme and many speakers for our upcoming annual conference that will focus on the triple aim of improving both population health and patient and provider experience while managing system costs (May 28-30 in Vancouver).

These achievements could not have been possible without the attention of our volunteer Board and, in particular, the vision, dedication and exceptional work of Past-President, Steve Morgan. A hard act to follow...
Happily, in the year ahead I’ll continue to be able to draw on Steve's energy and intellect as well as that of the incoming President, Jeremy Veillard and our other Board members. We have plenty on our plate…
In the months ahead we’ll be providing information and updates on CAHSPR activities and events with newsletter issues – and brief messages from me - coming regularly every 6 weeks. Partner organizations will continue to have access to this medium for announcing important developments related to the health services and policy research and practice community – HSPRP - but we’re hoping to move the newsletter onto our Website where it will be more integrated with the sources of information and links we hope you’ll find of use.
Our work plan for the year include the redevelopment of our Website, to improve functionality and provide one-point access to resources you value. We’ll be forming a small reference group to give us ongoing advice on what works – and doesn’t – and to ensure that the Website remains both current and useful.
We’re actively encouraging the creation of new theme groups that will attract new people to CAHSPR and increase our inter-disciplinary networking, linkage and exchange while also allowing researchers and practitioners – whether system decision-makers, clinicians or policy- makers – to find a forum for more in-depth discussions and connections within a specific area of focus.
We’re reviewing our awards program with a view to enhancing this important means of recognizing the talent and contributions of members of our HSPRP community. We’ll have more information on this in the near future.
And, finally, we’re already planning for our second annual policy forum – this one focusing on the outstanding challenge of fostering the leadership needed to transform the healthcare system in line with the evidence we’ve been talking about for years.
I look forward to your active engagement in CAHSPR’s activities in the year to come. Our community is only as strong – and as meaningful – as its members are willing to help to make it. As you see upcoming notices of opportunities, please do consider becoming involved in CAHSPR’s activities and events. I am certain we will all be better for it.
All the very best for 2013!

Adalsteinn Brown


“Ten Years Since the Romanow Report:
Retrospect…and Prospect”


Video from the policy forum as well as short interviews with selected participants - What was your biggest hope for the Canadian healthcare system 10 years ago and where do you think we've come in that regard? – are now available on the CAHSPR YouTube channel at:
You can read blogs by Linda Piazza (Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement) and Owen Adams (Canadian Medical Association) at: Romanow Forum: Post Forum Report by Linda Piazza andRomanow Forum: Post Forum Report by Owen Adams


2013 Annual CAHSPR Conference

Making Good on the Triple Aim:
How to Improve our Success within the Canadian Context

May 28-30, 2013
(Pre-Conference day is Monday, May 27, 2013)
The Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Vancouver, BC

What will it take to achieve the Triple Aim in Canadian health care?  Can we simultaneously increase population health and improve the patient and provider experience while constraining cost growth?  The conference provides an opportunity to learn from improvement initiatives in Canada and other jurisdictions, to identify the factors necessary to drive improvements across the Canadian health system, and to explore what it means to pursue the triple aim within the promise of universal access.

Important Dates:

Click here to submit your abstract!
Click here for the CAHSPR Call for Abstract Guidelines

Call for abstracts closes:  Thursday, January 24, 2013
Results notifications sent:  Monday, February 18, 2013
Conference registration opens:  Monday, March 4, 2013
Early bird registration deadline: Friday, April 5, 2013
Conference dates: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013

For more information, please click here


Travel Awards - Institute Community Support

(Winter 2013 Competition)

Through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program, the CIHR Institutes are launching the ICS Travel Awards competition for students, postdoctoral fellows, new investigators and knowledge users to present their own research at national and international meetings and/or conferences. IHDCYH will fund up to 20 travel awards of $1,000 each for students (Masters and PhD) and postdoctoral fellows who are giving presentations on topics related to the Institutes’ research priority areas. Click here to apply.

Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013


Events / Évenements

Pharmacare 2020 Conference (Feb 26-27, 2013)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Pharmacare 2020 is a stimulating national symposium conceived to promote clarity about the future of prescription drug coverage in Canada. It is the 25th annual conference organized by the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and will bring together a lineup of high profile panelists to kick off an essential national debate. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage in the creation of a clear vision for Pharmacare in Canada.

Early bird registration ends January 31, 2013.  Find out more at 

2013 Annual CAHSPR Conference (May 28-30, 2013)
(Pre-conference day is Monday, May 27, 2013)
Vancouver, British Columbia

The CAHSPR annual conference brings together over 400 of Canada’s leading researchers, decision-makers, managers, and trainees to exchange ideas and share findings from the most recent studies in health services and policy research. Featuring over 200 presentations in plenary, small group, and poster formats, CAHSPR’s conference has something for everyone. Please see the above CAHSPR Conference 2013 section for more details or visit the CAHSPR website by clicking here.

Academy Health's Annual Research Meeting (June 23-25, 2013)
Baltimore, Maryland

For over 25 years, AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been the premier forum for health services research in the USA, where more than 2,300 attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world.

Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Conference (CSEB) (June 24-27, 2013)
St. John’s, Newfoundland

The 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference will bring together academics, graduate students, governmental officials, public health practitioners, and other epidemiology/biostatistics professionals to share and exchange findings from recent research, and to discuss important methodologies, emerging issues and initiatives.

The objectives of the 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference is to:

  • Inspire epidemiologists to take on new challenges;
  • Foster new collaborations and interactions; and;
  • Profile new tools and approaches.

The purpose of the 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference is to:

  • Strengthen, link, and network population and public health research and practice at individual, institutional, community, and government levels; and;
  • Strengthen scientific evidence applied to public health practice by highlighting and examining current and emerging issues common to epidemiology and biostatics at all levels of participation.

The theme of the 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference is “From Genes to Global Public Health: Advancing Methods Across The Spectrum” to reflect the diversity of disciplines and research that epidemiology and biostatistics encompasses. The conference will feature workshops on methods and topical issues, plenary speakers representative of the broad spectrum of epidemiological and biostatistical disciplines, concurrent sessions of oral presentations and poster presentations.

The 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference will be held from June 24th to June 27th, 2013 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. John’s is one of North America’s oldest cities and is steeped in a rich heritage and culture of the people who call Newfoundland home. Newfoundland has stunning coastlines where you can see whales, wild sea birds and icebergs. Numerous hiking trails provide picturesque views and access to Newfoundland’s rugged wilderness. In town, St. John’s provides a vibrant cultural experience, from traditional music and dance to contemporary music, theatre and art. There’s something for everybody.

We hope that you can join us in Newfoundland for the 2013 CSEB Biennial Conference!

Submit your abstract today! Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013.
For more information, please visit the conference website by clicking here.


Job Opportunities / Emplois

Ontario Public Service
Position: Team Lead
Application Deadline: January 17, 2013 

Are you a strong leader with experience in developing and evaluating strategic funding policies for Ontario's health care system? If so, than this may be the opportunity for you.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this challenging role, you will:

  • design and implement strategic funding policies
  • provide expertise and team leadership to staff
  • determine and assign project priorities for project teams that support the allocation of funding across program areas
  • provide subject matter expertise and input to education and training programs
  • build strong linkages for project initiatives by ensuring effective partnerships are developed and maintained
  • lead the provision of specialized policy and health economic research and evidence

Location: 1075 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario
How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge:

  • you have an understanding of the policy development and research methodology process
  • you have experience in applying funding and quantitative methodologies
  • you can provide strategic funding policy expertise and authoritative advice on a broad range of health economic issues

Leadership Skills:

  • you can lead the research, development and evaluation of funding policies and practices for funding Ontario's health care system
  • you can design and implement strategies to effect cultural change regarding funding policies and practices
  • you can provide strategic planning and leadership of the branch's multiple project initiatives
  • you can provide daily oversight of the unit

Research and Analytical Skills:

  • you can assess and determine the outcome of research and analysis recommendations by staff
  • you can analyze and evaluate complex allocation strategies and statistical data

Communication Skills:

  • you can lead the development of briefings, presentations, proposals and submissions for consideration by senior management
  • you can effectively influence change and decision making and present well-substantiated recommendations

Salary range: $83,478.00 – $109,321.00 per year

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 47243, by January 17, 2013.Faxes are not being accepted at this time. If you need employment accommodation, please contact us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Health Council of Canada

Position: Policy Analyst (full-time, 12 month contract with possibility of renewal)

Application Deadline: January 18, 2013

As a Policy Analyst with the Health Council of Canada you will be responsible for retrieving, assessing and synthesizing data and information related to key health themes. You will contribute as a key player in project teams reporting on the progress of health care renewal in Canada, as well as identifying and evaluating innovative practices to inform improvements for health care renewal.

You will develop and maintain a comprehensive body of knowledge of health policy, practice, and emerging issues that will be used to support the work of the Council. Reporting to the Director of Analysis and Reporting, the Policy Analyst will:

  • Develop reports of interest to Canadians and other health system stakeholders
  • Work inter-dependently with project teams to support the development of reports and multimedia products
  • Identify, research and evaluate innovative practices for the Health Innovation Portal
  • Gather information to support the work of the Analysis and Reporting team (e.g., scoping and environmental scanning to understand innovative practices related to specific health care initiatives);
  • Analyze data from National or International surveys;
  • Develop content for Council reports and technical documents that is accurate, timely, high quality and relevant;
  • Contribute to fact checking for reports (both data analysis and reference citations);
  • Support Policy Leads and the Director in their work with Council committees, advisory panels and other activities;
  • Contribute to an atmosphere of collaboration to achieve the goals and strategic priorities of the Health Council.


The successful candidate will have Masters-level training in epidemiology, health policy, political science, public administration or a related field complemented by at least three to five years of relevant research and data analysis experience (including conducting systematic/scoping reviews, knowledge of SPSS or other statistical analysis software).

You have strong written and oral communication skills; pay attention to detail and are committed to delivering high quality, timely and accurate results. In addition you are able to work in cross-functional teams under pressure and be responsive within a dynamic team environment. Experience and interest in issues related to the health of Canadians, health innovation and the health care system, and a desire to contribute to informing Canadians, government and professional audiences about health care issues is essential. Fluency in French is an asset.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume along with salary expectations by e-mail to by January 18, 2013 at noon.


Ministry of Health
Position: Health Information Consultant
Application Deadline: January 22, 2013
Health Information Consultant, Ambulatory and Surgical Care

Salary $57,182.79 - 65,339.61 annually 
Bring your advanced research skills and excellent communication skills to our information management team

The Planning and Innovation Division is responsible for supporting the Ministry of Health and Health Authorities to establish strategic direction, objectives and initiatives that align with the Government’s priorities for a quality, sustainable, high performing health care system in British Columbia. Data Quality and Production is responsible for providing timely, accurate, and meaningful information to meet our clients’ needs and support the mandate to monitor the performance of the health care system. As a Health Information Consultant on the Ambulatory and Surgical Care Team you will play a critical role by providing data analysis and expert advice on emergency department, surgical care, and diagnostic imaging data.

The role of Health Information Consultant requires not only an advanced researcher with strong technical and programming skills, but also a person with the ability to actively work with all of our stakeholders to improve data quality so that we can provide useful information to our clients. Practical experience in data collection and analyses of large datasets, extensive use of data management and business intelligence tools, and the initiative and innovation to continually improve our processes and products are all keys to being successful in this role. If you are an enthusiastic, skilled and highly organized data analyst who enjoys collaborative team work and thrives in a high-profile environment, we look forward to your application.

For more information on this exciting career opportunity including how to apply by January 22/13, please visit:

In order for applicants to be considered for this position, their resume must clearly demonstrate that they have the following: 

Undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (e.g., Health Information Science, Health Informatics, Bioinformatics) including 4 years experience in data warehousing principles and techniques, statistical methods/analysis and evaluation; OR other undergraduate degree (e.g., Mathematics) with 4 years practical related experience


  • practical research experience gathering, synthesizing, evaluating and interpreting information, preferably in a health or social science capacity
  • with data warehousing, and data analysis and reporting tools (e.g., Oracle SAS, SPSS, COGNOS, MicroStrategy, SQL query tools)
  • defining and implementing data quality assurance (QA) processes as they relate to the collection and analysis of data and information
  • contributing to the development of strategies and policies that promote information management principles or data quality management practices
  • developing and preparing a variety of technical reports, statistical analyses, and other research-related documentation

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the following: 

Knowledge of:

  • theories, methods, and practices associated with the collection and analysis of information and data to support business decision-making
  • relational database design principles including normalization, database constraints, referential integrity and join conditions
  • and expertise in, the use of current data and reporting tools, software (e.g., SQL, Oracle, MS Project, etc.) as well as the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook) in order to understand the technical feasibility of research and reporting projects
  • of information management and data quality principles, best practices and processes; and of performance indicators especially as they relate to management information systems

Ability to:

  • write complex SQL queries to produce aggregated, derived and calculated statistical measures
  • use Ministry supported software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, SQL query tools, MicroStrategy); in order to analyze and manipulate data
  • develop and implement research strategies and to research, gather, analyze, verify business-related data, information and situations from a variety of sources;
  • organize, interpret and analyze large volumes of numeric, quantitative and qualitative information to identify and assess patterns, underlying issues, emerging issues, anomalies and to develop explanations and generate and test solutions
  • coordinate project teams and to provide direction, advice and guidance to technical staff
  • develop training programs and materials and facilitate training sessions


  • Written communications skills required for the development of technical reports, statistical summaries, and other research-related or technical documents and reviews
  • Oral communications skills required to present complex technical information to individuals with varying degrees of technical expertise or sophistication
  • Time and workload organizations skills including working on concurrent projects with competing deadlines

Results Focused
Service Orientation
Innovations and Change


Ontario Public Service
Position: Public Health Practice Advisor
Application Deadline: January 21, 2013
Public Health Advisor

  • one temporary (12 months with the possibility of an extension)

Do you want to make a contribution to shaping the future of the public health system in Ontario? If so, bring your leadership skills and public health knowledge to this challenging role.

What can I expect to do in this role?
In this role, you will:

  • develop strategic and operational plans to address a range of capacity and practice issues within the public health system and ensure they are integrated and aligned with other health systems and standards
  • provide public health practice expertise in the identification, analysis and assessment of long-term public health and public health system issues, trends and directions
  • formulate recommendations, strategies and policy options and prepare briefing notes, presentation materials, letters and position papers for senior management
  • provide advice and facilitate knowledge exchange on public health practice to other branches, divisions and public health partners
  • analyze public health system policies and manage project initiatives related to the development, update and review of legislative and regulatory requirements to reflect public health practice, standards and system and local improvements
  • support the development of partnerships with internal and external stakeholders

Location: 393 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

How do I qualify?
Conceptual, Analytical and Research Skills:

  • you have well-developed conceptual skills to research and analyze information
  • you can evaluate different options, recommend alternatives and develop appropriate strategies

Communication, Consulting and Relationship Management Skills:

  • you can communicate effectively and prepare and present information in a clear and concise manner (e.g. presentations, letters, briefing notes and reports)
  • you can develop and maintain linkages within various teams, stakeholders and the public

Public Health and Legislative Knowledge:

  • you have knowledge of public health services and population health, trends, models of delivery, funding and governance
  • you have the ability to understand relevant legislation and the ministry's strategic directions
  • you understand the critical issues and concerns faced by public health system stakeholders

Project Management and Leadership Skills:

  •  you can plan, manage and evaluate special projects and initiatives
  • you can guide, lead and direct a diverse team of professional and technical staff

Negotiation and Mediation Skills:

  • you have well-developed mediation and facilitation skills
  • you have good negotiation skills to develop acceptable solutions for clients including senior management and external clients

Salary range:  $73,443.00 – $95,213.00 per year

Please apply online, by January 21, 2013, by visiting entering Job ID 47176 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application online.Faxes are not being accepted at this time. If you need employment accommodation, please contact us provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Ontario Public Service
Position: Senior Econometrician
Application Deadline: January 22, 2013 

The Policy Research and Analysis Branch, Ministry of Community and Social Services needs your expertise to analyze, develop, test and maintain complex econometric, mathematical and statistical models for Ontario's social assistance programs.

What can I expect to do in this role?
You will:

  • work with systems and statistics staff in developing business requirements
  • provide forecasts, analysis and advice
  • initiate and lead projects and prepare reports and briefing notes
  • develop a multi-year research agenda and conduct in-depth research to support policy development and impact analysis

Location: 80 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario
How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge:

  • you have highly developed expertise in building complex econometric and mathematical model
  • you have experience designing and building practical and workable econometric models including time series forecasting models
  • you can think conceptually and transform socioeconomic variables into econometric and mathematical models
  • you understand issues, trends and services related to social assistance as well as the impact of labour market, economic and demographic changes
  • you have knowledge of income security and economic theory
  • you are able to acquire knowledge of federal and provincial budgets

Computer Skills:

  • you have demonstrated skills in using statistical applications, business intelligence tools and computer software (e.g. Cognos Business Intelligence System, datamarts and cubes, Statistical Analysis Software (SAS), Stata, Excel, Internet, web browsers, Word, PowerPoint and Access)

Organizational, Communication and Administrative Skills:

  • you have well-developed administrative, organizational, and teamwork abilities to plan and carry out major projects
  • you have the demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • you can convey and prepare clear and concise analysis, reports and presentations

    Salary range:  $76,666.00 – $99,591.00 per year

Please apply online, by January 22, 2013, by visiting and entering Job ID 48597 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application online. Faxes are not being accepted at this time. If you need employment accommodation, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Ontario Public Service is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Université de Moncton 
Titre concis de l’offre : Chargée ou chargé d’enseignement clinique infirmière praticienne ou infirmier praticien en soins de santé prim
Date limite de demande/candidature : Mars 15, 2013 

Information générale : Il s’agit d’un poste temporaire d’une durée de 5 ans (renouvelable), à pourvoir à compter du 1 juillet 2013

L’Université est disposée à embaucher, au besoin, deux personnes pour pourvoir ce poste, l’une possédant une spécialité en soin de l’adulte et de la personne âgée et l’autre en soins de l’enfant et de la femme. 

Ce poste est rattaché à l’École réseau de science infirmière de la Faculté des sciences de la santé et des services communautaires, qui offre des programmes d’études de 1 et de 2 cycles à près de 500 étudiantes et étudiants répartis sur les trois campus de l’Université.

Fonctions : Dans le cadre des fonctions universitaires d’enseignement, de recherche et de services à la collectivité, les responsabilités professionnelles d’une chargée ou d’un chargé d’enseignement clinique comprennent principalement, sans s’y limiter, l’enseignement des cours cliniques et la contribution à l’enseignement des cours théoriques pour le programme d’infirmière praticienne ou d’infirmier praticien, incluant le laboratoire et toute activité qui s’y rattache, et pouvant également inclure l’enseignement de cours de premier cycle selon les besoins de l’École.  La personne qui occupera ce poste pourrait être appelée à participer à des projets de recherche.  La charge de travail comprend également une participation aux activités de l’École, ainsi qu’au rayonnement de l’École réseau de science infirmière, de la Faculté des sciences de la santé et des services communautaires et de l’Université en général.

Formation : La personne recherchée détient la maîtrise en science infirmière, avec spécialisation d’infirmière praticienne ou d’infirmier praticien.  Elle doit être membre de l’Association des infirmiers et infirmières du Nouveau-Brunswick (AIINB), posséder de l’expérience pratique et récente à titre d’infirmière praticienne ou d’infirmier praticien en soins de santé primaires pour au moins deux ans. Une expérience en enseignement, au niveau universitaire, et les activités qui s’y rattachent serait un atout.  Enfin, la maîtrise de la langue française, tant à l’oral qu’à l’écrit, est essentielle.

Entrée en fonction et traitementLe 1 juillet 2013.  Le traitement annuel est établi selon la formation et l’expérience, et correspond au taux horaire payé aux infirmières praticiennes ou infirmiers praticiens.

Fermeture du concours : Le 15 mars 2013.  Les personnes intéressées à postuler sont priées de faire parvenir un dossier complet comprenant : un curriculum vitae détaillé, une copie des relevés d’études universitaires et des diplômes obtenus, tout document pertinent permettant d’évaluer les compétences en enseignement et le potentiel en recherche, ainsi que deux lettres de recommandation confidentielles qui doivent être envoyées directement et sous pli séparé.  Faire parvenir le dossier complet par courriel à l’adresse indiquée ci-après ou par la poste à : M. Paul-Émile Bourque, doyen, Faculté des sciences de la santé et des services communautaires, Université de Moncton, Campus de Moncton, 18 avenue Antonine-Maillet, Moncton NB E1A 3E9. Téléphone : (506) 858-4945; Télécopieur : (506) 858‑4479; Courriel :

Particularité : L’Université de Moncton, fondée en 1963, est un établissement d’enseignement supérieur de langue française en milieu acadien.  Avec ses trois campus situés à Edmundston, à Moncton et à Shippagan, elle offre des programmes d’études universitaires de baccalauréat, de maîtrise et de doctorat dans plusieurs disciplines.  Plus de 5 000 étudiantes et étudiants provenant de partout au Canada et de l’étranger la fréquentent.Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’Université et ses programmes d’études, vous êtes invités à consulter le site Internet

L'Université de Moncton souscrit à l’exigence d'équité en matière d'emploi. Conformément aux exigences relatives à l’immigration, ce concours s’adresse en priorité aux citoyennes et citoyens canadiens ainsi qu’aux personnes ayant obtenu le droit d’établissement au Canada.

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