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Like each of you, we here at CAHSPR are looking forward to a time, hopefully in the not too distant future, when COVID19 does not dominate our thoughts, careers, home life and discussions. We should all take pride in the vital role CAHSPR members and partners have played in the efforts to support Canadians throughout the pandemic. We are excited to invite you to share in a celebration of all that the health services and policy community does to ensure good health for Canadians.

Virtually CAHSPR 2022 (#VCAHSPR22) provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the incredible contributions made by the vibrant and engaged health services and policy research community across Canada. Join us for 3 exciting days of sessions that shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of researchers and that provide opportunities to chart the best path forward for health services and policy research across the country. We have entitled the 3 exciting days, “The Power and Promise of Health Services and Policy Research.”

The program begins with an important discussion about the strides made in Canadian health services and policy research. We are thrilled to welcome a panel of international thought leaders who are looking forward to sharing their views on the power of HSPR. Dr. Christine Chalmers, Dr. Tara Kiran, Dr. John Lavis and Mr. Vincent Dumez will engage in a not to be missed discussion that will explore the power of health services and policy research in Canada.

We received more than 500 submitted abstracts and the Scientific Committee has put together a program of concurrent sessions that is broad, diverse and highly relevant to the research community. The calibre of research you will access at Virtually CAHSPR 2022 is excellent and is sure to generate insights that will contribute to the evolution of health policy and health services across the country. Along with the plenary and concurrent sessions, we have a great array of poster sessions that will be available throughout the conference for your review.

The prestigious Emmett Hall Memorial Lectureship commemorates the father of Canadian Medicare, Justice Emmett Hall. This year’s Hall Laureate is Dr. Colleen Flood. Dr. Flood is well known to the HSPR community as an international expert in comparative health care law and policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law and administrative law. The Hall Laureate lecture is always a highlight at the CAHSPR conference, and this year will definitely be a “must attend” session.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon (@GurdeepPandher for those of you on Twitter). His work has gained international attention, especially during the pandemic. Check him out at Gurdeep will share his thoughts with us on the importance of joy and how he chooses to celebrate life in the Yukon. We can’t wait for his special lesson on Bhangra dancing, which you won’t want to miss and which I will definitely need to limber up for!

Virtually CAHSPR 2022 will be hosting a World Café where you will be invited to engage with each other to talk about the way forward for Canadian health services and policy research. Have your voice heard as you share your ideas and thoughts about what the future can hold for our field! The six CAHSPR theme groups; Primary Health Care, Cancer, Maternal and Child Health, Health Workforce, Collaborative Healthcare Improvement Partnerships (CHIPs) and the Student Working Group have developed a series of special sessions to choose from on the last day of the conference. We know how hard it will be to decide – don’t worry – all the sessions will be recorded and available afterwards for conference attendees.

Our final plenary session is one dedicated to the promise of Canadian health services and policy research. Dr. Andrew Boozary along with Dr. Anne Leblanc, Dr. Kim McGrail and the incoming President of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Alika LaFontaine bring their insights about the way forward for health services and policy research. This session will focus us on the art of the possible for health services and policy research in Canada.

Closing the conference is our annual awards ceremony, celebrating the best of HSPR in Canada. We will recognize and celebrate the awardees from the conference as well as the winners of the Article of the Year award.

There is much more to enjoy during the conference that cannot be fully described here; special announcements and opportunities to network with colleagues, sponsors, supporters and friends. If you are a member, you can avail yourself of the special member registration rate, and if not, there is still time to purchase or renew your membership here.

This year’s event has once again qualified as a Patient’s Included™ conference, as we welcome a broad range of attendees and participants so that we have inclusive and robust conversation around these important topics.

Virtually CAHSPR 2022 will be an event to remember. Mark your calendars and register to attend here.

Maggie Keresteci

Executive Director, CAHSPR