Events

Each year, the Institute for Health and Social Policy hosts a series of events. These include conferences and workshops with national and global participation, as well as a public webinar and seminar series. These events explore what is known about how social and environmental conditions impact on health and how this knowledge can be translated into policies and programs that make a difference. If you are interested in being added to our mailing list for IHSP event series, please send us an directoradmin.ihsp [at] mcgill.ca (email).

2019-2020 EVENTS


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June 4th, 2020
12:00-13:00

LEARNING FROM COVID: BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES IN PANDEMIC TIMES

"Accessibility and allocation of public parks and gardens duringCOVID-19 social distancing: a case study from England and Wales"

Speakers:
Jill BaumgartnerJILL BAUMGARTNER
Institute for Health and Social Policy & McGill Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

Jill Baumgartner is an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University. She also is an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. Dr. Baumgartner studies exposure to environmental pollutants and their affect on human health in the context of urbanization and development. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences and Environment & Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Population and International Health from Harvard University. She was a Global Renewable Energy Leadership Fellow at the Institute on the Environment (University of Minnesota) from 2011-2013 and a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University in 2012.

NILOOFAR SHOARINILOOFAR SHOARI
Research Associate, Imperial College London

Niloofar is a Research Associate in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. Her research is at the intersection of environmental sciences and public health with a focus on understanding the links between exposure to urban environmental factors, including green space, air and noise pollution, inequalities, and health. She completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering at École de technologie supérieure (Canada), where she worked on quantitative analysis of soil contamination data and developed guidelines for engineers and policy-makers as to how to deal with the below detection limit concentrations. She was a visiting research scholar in the Department of Statistics at the University of Waterloo and Texas A&M University. She completed her MSc and BSc in Environmental Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).

Description:
Visiting parks and gardens may attenuate the adverse physical and mental health impacts of social distancing implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This webinar will present new research on access to public parks and gardens in urban areas of England and Wales, and the potential for park crowdedness during periods of high use – and discuss the implications of these findings to Quebec.

No registration necessary! Please join us on ZOOM at the following link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/96230478756

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June 16th, 2020 - 12:00-13:00

“State Power and Accountability in Pandemic Times”

Description: During this webcast, Professors Marie-Eve Couture-Ménard, Lara Khoury and Alana Klein will discuss some of the main questions they are studying as part of their McGill MI4-funded project “Law in Pandemic Times: Powers and Accountability when Facing Emergency”. Acting quickly in response to immediate needs, government authorities are currently testing the limits of their broad and discretionary powers in a way that challenges our democratic ideals, reinforcing the need for transparency, oversight and accountability.Our guests are using this crucial period in our history to evaluate our public authorities’ powers and accountability mechanisms in relation to emergency public health decision-making.

Speakers:

MARIE-EVE COUTURE MÉNARD holds a DCL (2014) from the Faculty of Law of McGill University. She is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Law of Université de Sherbrooke and is affiliated with the Centre de recherche sur la régulation et le droit de la gouvernance (CrRDG).

LARA KHOURY holds the title Advocatus emeritus from the Barreau du Québec, is an Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law and the co-convener of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and of Biomedical Ethics Unit.

ALANA KLEIN is an Associate Professor at the McGill Faculty of Law and the other co-convener of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law. She is an Associate Member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and was formerly a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

June 23rd, 2020 - 12:00-13:00

“Weaponizing Uncertainty in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has required political leaders, health care professionals, and citizens to make life-or-death decisions under conditions of rapidly-changing knowledge and extreme uncertainty. At the same time, individuals and political groups have 'weaponized' uncertainty for personal and political gain, amplifying extant political fractures and distrust of political and scientific authorities. How has weaponized uncertainty influenced our collective response to COVID-19, and what lessons can we learn for the future?

Speaker:

NICHOLAS B. KING is an associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and associate member in the Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. He directs the Policy and Data Science program and is a board member of the Center for Social and Cultural Data Sciences at McGill. Dr. King studies the ways that 'black boxes' of all sorts - from seemingly objective measures of health and health inequalities, to complex algorithms - are shaped by human interests and hidden value judgments, which in turn shape individual decisions, collective behaviors, and public policies. He has published in the Milbank Quarterly, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, PLOS Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

June 30th, 2020 - 12:00-13:00

“Warehousing the Surplus Population in Times of Pandemic: The Perils of Continuing (Care) Institutionalization of People with Disabilities”

This talk will discuss:

1.  "Warehousing" of elderly and disabled people (whether in nursing homes or other "congregate living" settings, such as group homes) has accounted for most of the deaths in Québec and Ontario, and contributes enormously to the spread of the virus, both among residents and staff.  This has disproportionately affected women, immigrants and people of colour, who are over-represented among staff that provide direct care in such facilities, but without adequate protection.

2.  Communication and other access related to personal assistance are crucial issues for disabled people. Facilities often prohibit personal support workers and family members from providing assistance deprive people of needed time and help with personal care, nutrition, communication, information and mental health supports. 

3.  Most triage policies for allocation of scarce resources are openly or covertly discriminatory on the basis of disability. But perhaps more importantly, people living in institutions who come down with the virus are rarely even considered under such policies because they are not sent to hospital for more intensive care, simply being left to die in place.

Speakers:

AMY E. HASBROUCK has been a disability rights activist for more nearly 40 years. Ms. Hasbrouck’s activism combines her personal experience with congenital and acquired disability with a cross-oppression analysis gained through involvement in the women’s rights, anti-war, LGBT, and other social justice movements. She worked in architectural access and the independent living movement before graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997. Her subsequent legal work concentrated on health and mental health law and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Hasbrouck has focused her writing and research skills on abuse of children and adults with disabilities, producing a groundbreaking report on prosecution and sentencing of parents who kill their disabled children in 1997. This study led to her involvement with the disability rights-based opposition to assisted suicide, euthanasia, and other end-of-life practices that discriminate against people with disabilities. Ms. Hasbrouck has served on the board of Not Dead Yet in the U.S. since 2000, and she is the founder (in 2013) and Executive Director of Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet a project of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities to expand the reach of CCD’s ending of life ethics committee. She also serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and has had several articles and op-eds published in newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. She lives in southwestern Québec.

HEIDI JANZ, PhD, specializes in the field of Disability Ethics, and has been affiliated with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre since 2006. Heidi is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. She was employed as the Curriculum Coordinator for an emerging Certificate Program in Disability Ethics in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. In her “other life,” Heidi is a writer and playwright. In 2004, she self-published Sparrows on Wheels, a novel for young adults. Her list of produced plays includes: Crips Against the Law of Gravity, produced in the 1994 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Returned to Sender, produced by Concrete Theatre in 1997 and by Lone Sparrow Productions for the Edmonton Fringe in the summer of 2001, and Voices at Dying, Dying to be Heard, produced in 2006 for the 16th International Congress on the Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, Quebec. Her latest play,The Book of Jobes, was produced by Lone Sparrow Productions and Kompany Family Theatre for the 2011 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival. An expanded, two-act version of The Book of Jobes is scheduled for production in Edmonton and Calgary in February of 2013.

JONATHAN MARCHAND est Président de Coop ASSIST. Il est un stratège confiant, un planificateur renseigné et déterminé qui a travaillé longtemps dans les technologies de l’information au Québec et en Australie en tant qu’ingénieur réseau sénior. Il est l’instigateur du projet pour un nouveau programme d’Assistance Personnelle Autodirigé. Il croit profondément que toutes les personnes en situation de handicap du Québec doivent avoir le soutien nécessaire pour vivre en société, incluant celles qui ont besoin d’un soutien important, sans compromettre leurs droits humains. Son expérience de vie m’a appris qu’il existe des obstacles énormes à l’inclusion sociale et culturelle des personnes handicapées au Québec et il s’est engagé à éliminer ces barrières pour permettre à celle-ci de participer et contribuer à la société sur un pied d’égalité.


 

IHSP Pizza Policy Talk Series 2019-2020

Thomson House Ballroom
12h00-13h00

Promotional Flyer for Jo Ivey Boufford Cities as Drivers of Global HealthMarch 10th, 2020

Cities as Drivers of Global Health

12:00-13:00
Thomson House Ballroom

Jo Ivey Boufford, NYU and President - International Society for Urban Health

The majority of the world’s population live in cities. Rapid urbanization is presenting challenges to all countries, but its pace and scale are greatest in low and middle income countries. While cities are the economic engines of the globe and often drive the culture, arts and innovation in a given society, they also consume most of the energy and generate the majority of air pollution and solid waste. It is therefore the health of cities, and those living and working in them, that will shape the global conditions for life and the potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This talk will explore the opportunities and challenges in advancing urban health.

Co-hosted by the McGill School of Urban Planning

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Promotional flyer for the seminar Human Rights of Canadian Children with Disabilities with Keiko Shikako-ThomasFebruary 18th, 2020

Human Rights of Canadian Children with Disabilities

12:00-13:00 Thomson House - Ballroom

Keiko Shikako-Thomas | McGill School of Physical and
Occupational Therapy. Canada Research Chair in Childhood
Disability: Participation and Knowledge Translation

Canada is a signatory country on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Rights of the Children. Researchers, government, community, families, youth. We're all responsible to make it happen. What can we do to support children with disabilities to achieve the full realization of their rights?

Co-hosted by the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

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Promotional Flyer for Kavi Bhalla Globalizing Vision Zero: How can developing countries improve traffic safety?

February 6th, 2020

Globalizing Vision Zero: How can developing countries improve traffic safety?

12:00 to 13:00 at Thomson House - Ballroom

Kavi Bhalla

The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and our event co-hosts: McGill Global health Programs, the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI), and transportation Research at McGill (TRAM), invite you to a Pizza Policy Talk on February 6th from 12:00-13:00 at Thomson House. Prof Kavi Bhalla from University of Chicago will share with us the current status of road traffic injuries globally and what is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals addressing road safety. We hope you can join us. Pizza will be served!

Co-hosted by McGill Global Health Programs, the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative & Transportation Research at McGill

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Promotional flyer for MOHSSR Let's Talk Mental Health Policy Panel Diverse perspectives on mental health reformJanuary 29th, 2020

MOHSSR Let's Talk Mental Health Policy Panel
Diverse perspectives on mental health reform

16:30 to 19:00 at Thomson House - Ballroom

The McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reform will be hosting a panel featuring diverse perspectives on mental health policy reform. Confirmed panelists include Dr. Mary Bartram, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and MOHSSR postdoctoral researcher, and Anna Mehler Paperny, journalist and author the acclaimed Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person https://www.cbc.ca/books/hello-i-want-to-die-please-fix-me-1.5229499.

MOHSSR will also announce the recipients of the 2019 Maurice McGregor Awards and feature short presentations from the MOHSSR Seed Grant recipients.

MOHSSR is a joint initiative of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Family Medicine.

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Promotional Flyer for Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing – A talk by Dr. Françoise BaylisJanuary 23rd, 2020

Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing – A talk by Dr. Françoise Baylis

5:30-7:30 pm with reception to follow
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building Room A-823
527 Sherbrooke St. West

Designer babies, once found only in science fiction, have become a reality. We are entering a new era of human evolution with the advent of a technology called CRISPR, which allows scientists to modify our genes. Although CRISPR shows great promise for therapeutic use, it raises thorny ethical, legal, political, and societal concerns because it can be used to make permanent changes to future generations. What if changes intended for the good turn out to have unforeseen negative effects? What if the divide between the haves and have-nots widens as a result? Who decides whether we genetically modify human beings and if so, how?

Françoise Baylis insists that we must all have a role in determining our future as a species. The scientists who develop and use genome-editing tools should not be the only ones making decisions about future uses of the technology. Such decisions must be the fruit of a broad societal consensus.

Françoise Baylis is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field. Her work challenges readers to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology. It aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad. Françoise Baylis is University Research Professor, NTE Impact Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017 she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Co-hosted by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal (CRÉUM).

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Promotional flyer for Child Marriage in Canada with Alissa Koski

January 16th, 2020

Child Marriage in Canada

12:00-13:00 at Thomson - House Ballroom
Alissa Koski, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University

Description: “Canada has worked hard to place itself at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate child marriage in low and middle income countries. Yet despite these efforts, child marriage remains legal throughout the country. Dr. Koski will discuss her research on the prevalence of child marriage in Canada and implications for foreign policy and global monitoring of this issue.

Co-hosted by the IHSP and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

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Promotional flyer for Social Innovation for Equity November 15th, 2019Social Innovation for Equity
November 15th, 2019
12h00-13h30
IHSP Charles Meredith House
1130 Pine Ave. West

 




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Promotional flyer for Foundations of Public Policy Experiments Lessons from Basic Income Pilots 11-12 November 2019Foundations of Public Policy Experiments
Lessons from Basic Income Pilots
11-12 November 2019
Institute for Health and Social Policy

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Promotional Flyer for (Global) Justice and Older Persons - Healthcare and Beyond with Sridhar Venkatapuram(Global) Justice and Older Persons - Healthcare and Beyond
Sridhar Venkatapuram - Kings College London

November 7th, 2019
12h00-13h00
Thomson House Ballroom
3650 McTavish

Is healthy ageing an oxymoron? What is wellbeing for older persons? And what moral claims do older people have to good health and wellbeing? In the face of the unprecedented phenomenon of global population ageing, and the projection that the majority of the human species alive in 2050 will be over the age of 65, how societies should treat older people is a pressing ethical question. While academic literature on ethics and older people has largely focused on healthcare provision and allocation, this talk will show how a justice perspective illuminates the great injustices experienced by older persons as well as offers guidance for social action well beyond healthcare, and from the local to the global levels.

Co-hosted by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy
and the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit.

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Promotional flyer for Health Rights: Individual, Collective, and 'National'Health Rights: Individual, Collective, and 'National'

November 7-8, 2019,
Student Pre-Conference on November 6, 2019

IHSP 1130 Pine Avenue West room 101

This event was by invitation only.

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Promotional flyer for The Next Phase of Global HIV Care? From "public health" to "tailored care" with Anat RosenthalThe Next Phase of Global HIV Care? From "public health" to "tailored care"
Anat Rosenthal
Lecturer, Department of Health Systems Management and the Tamar Golan Africa Centre at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

October 17th, 2019
12h00-13h00
IHSP 1130 Pine Avenue West room 101

This talk explores the impact of "test and treat" policies on HIV programs in Southern Africa. Mapping the attempts made to create the analytical and clinical tools needed for the implementation of such policies, this talk addresses the challenges faced by resource-limited health systems that struggle to provide care while showing the efficacy required of them in order to continue saving lives.

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Promotional flyer for Policy Options for Canadian Pharmacare: What Implications for Québec? Featuring Dr. Colleen FloodPolicy Options for Canadian Pharmacare: What Implications for Québec?
Featuring Dr. Colleen Flood, University of Ottawa, Director, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and Dr. Marc-André Gagnon, Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration
October 15, 2019
15:30-16:30
1130 Pine Avenue West, H3A 1A3
Co-hosted by the McGill Observatory on Health and Social Services Reforms (MOHSSR) and the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)

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Promotional flyer for IHSP Annual Launch 2019-2020 Québec & Montréal – Future Leaders in Accessibility?IHSP Annual Launch 2019-2020
Québec & Montréal – Future Leaders in Accessibility?

New Accessible Canada Act – Challenges & Opportunities for Québec & Montréal
October 2nd from 16h30-18h30
1130 Pine Avenue West

Moderator
Keiko Shikako-Thomas

Speakers
Senator Chantal Petitclerc
Stephanie Watt
Melanie Benard
Tiiu Poldma

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Promotional flyer for Psychedelic Research: Implications for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Existential Distress with Anthony BossisAnthony Bossis, PhD, NYU School of Medicine
Psychedelic Research: Implications for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Existential Distress
September 12, 2019 from 18:00-19:00
McIntyre Medical Building
Palmer Auditorium, 6th floor
3655 Promedade Sir William Osler

Hosted by the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. Co-hosted by Palliative Care McGill, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Culture, Mind and Brain program.

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Promotional flyer for the Pizza Policy Talk 2019-2020 series

Pizza Policy Series Promotional Flyer

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