Skip to main content

One of the challenges over the last few years has been a lack of opportunity to connect with colleagues due to the pandemic. We are so excited to let you know that CAHSPR is reinvigorating some existing programs, while also bringing you some new ways to get involved!

The annual conference is our flagship event and has the well-earned reputation as the premier health services and policy conference in Canada. We look forward to announcing the details about the 2023 conference shortly!

CAHSPR has much to offer the health services and policy research community. Read on!

Many of you know about our theme groups, which are a great way to get involved in a research area that is of interest to you. As well, CAHSPR has designed and implemented a webinar program we are calling HSPR Talks. We are thrilled to invite you to join an upcoming HSPR Talks, to get involved with one of our theme groups, or to work with us to bring forward an idea for a webinar or for a CAHSPR theme group!

The fall and winter are shaping up to have an exciting line up of HSPR Talks webinars – there is literally something for everyone in the HSPR community. We kick off the fall calendar on October 26 when the current CIHR Health System Impact Fellows are looking forward to sharing their insights in “Research to Impact Insights from CIHR Health System Impact Fellows”. The HSIF program is one that is highly valued and one that has a profound impact on participants and their work. You can register for this webinar here.

Are you tired of reading text heavy results? Do you crave ways to communicate research findings in a more creative way? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this HSPR Talks webinar is for you! On November 10th we are excited to host a dialogue about the use of “Comics for Science Translation: Policy, Research, Story”. The Student Working Group hosted this panel to talk about this subject last year and we knew right away that the broader HSPR community would welcome the opportunity to think differently about the way we communicate science. You can register for this webinar here.

CAHSPR’s primary health care theme group presented the inaugural HSPR Talks webinar in the spring of this year. You can catch the previous HSPR Talks on the CAHSPR website at On November 29th the Primary Health Care theme group brings together an exciting panel to discuss a topic we know you won’t want to miss “Commercial Virtual Healthcare Services in Canada: Digital Trails, De-Identified Data and Privacy Implications”. You can register for this webinar here.

Also this fall, the CHIPS (Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships) theme group is looking forward to a lively conversation about what’s been learned during the COVID-era about the need for patient and citizen engagement and how our (and others) efforts are supporting a cadre of patients/public prepared to be involved/engaged. Stay tuned for more details and check out the CAHSPR website for this and other webinars that will be coming soon.

We are looking forward to having you be part of these virtual conversations through HSPR Talks and welcome your ideas about topics you would like to see explored! While you’re on the site to register, check out the theme groups and get involved with one that is of interest to you. We are eager to learn about areas the HSPR community may want to explore through a new theme group, so reach out with your ideas. Currently, we have six theme groups:

  • Cancer
  • CHIPS (Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships)
  • Health Workforce
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Primary Health Care
  • Student Working Group

CAHSPR’s vision is for a vibrant community of researchers and decision makers working together toward evidence-based health care and health policy. We look forward to welcoming you to a theme group and also to the HSPR Talks sessions this fall; your participation is what brings our association’s vision to life.

Maggie Keresteci

Executive Director, CAHSPR