Health Systems

Welcome to the Health Systems theme webpages on the Collaboration for Health website.

Health systems are made up of a complex set of organizational, financing and delivery arrangements designed tomeet different health and health care objectives. Health systems research focuses on the examination of these arrangements and their multiple impacts.

The Health Systems theme is a vehicle through which McMaster can build on its existing strengths in health services, health policy and health economics research to become a national leader in:

  • Production of high quality conceptual, empirical and methods research about health systems.
  • Training and mentoring of Canada’s future leaders in health services, health policy and health economics scholarship applied to the study of health systems.

This site is designed to stimulate and facilitate discussions and collaborations among McMaster faculty who engage in health systems related research and education. You can find background on the development of the Health Systems theme, as well as meeting summaries, education and research opportunities and links to related websites.

We encourage you to visit often, as we will be updating the content whenever possible. Let us know how we can help you in your research and education activities.

We look forward to sharing with you the progress and results of this exciting initiative.

Who We Are: Theme Leaders

Julia Abelson – Health Policy

Julia Abelson is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, an associate member of the Department of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA).

Her research interests include the roles and relationships between the public and health policy.

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Alba DiCenso – Health Services

Alba DiCenso holds the Nursing Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing, is a professor in the School of Nursing and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research.

Her primary research area is the introduction and evaluation of nurse practitioners in primary and tertiary care settings.

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Jeremiah Hurley – Health Economics

Jeremiah Hurley, Professor in Department of Economics, Associate Member Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis.

His research interests include health care financing and funding and resource allocation in the health sector.

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News and Events

In Spring 2007, Collaborations for Heatlh issued a Call for Proposals for seed funding for reseach grants. For a list of successful projects, click here.

Archived Events

November 2, 2007
Field of Dreams: Strengthening Health Policy Scholarship in Canada
Symposium to examine health policy scholarship. For more information, click here.

November 1, 2007
Bounded Rationality and the Conceptual Foundations of Health Policy
CHEPA Semiar Series presents Mark Schlesinger, PhD, School of Public Health, Yale University. For more information, click here.

The OTC 2007 Summer Institute: Regionalization of health services in terms of planning, funding, and delivery, was held at McMaster University from June 17 - 22, 2007. Researchers and decision makers from across Canada delivered presentations related to regionalization. For summary proceedings, click here.

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health has announced funding for the new McMaster interdisciplinary Network of Excellence for the Assessment of Health Technologies. For details, click here.

The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis has reorganized and expanded its membership as it adapts and responds both to the increasing prominence of research and academic scholarship in health economics and health policy analysis and to McMaster University’s Collaborations for Health initiative. For details, click here.

Research Day

Following on the recommendations arising from the June 2005 Collaborations for Health Retreat, a Research Day was organized for the Health Systems Theme, as a vehicle for participants to share ideas, foster networking opportunities and determine “next steps.”  To view the notes from the Research Day, click here.