PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

CPHA 2010, Toronto

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PHIRN organized two half-day preconference workshops at the CPHA 2010 Conference in Toronto


The first was an introduction to PHIRN

pdfCHRU & CDHSRU – evolve into PHIRN Lynne MacLean
pdfIntroduction to PHIRN Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
pdfPHIRN Scoping Review Mechthild Meyer & Alma Estable
pdfPatterns and Pathways of Inequities Research Program Ron Labonté & Carlos Quiñonez
pdfKnowledge Translation @ PHIRN – CHNET-Works! & Rapport WPS -


The second was a session on the role of immigrant/community health workers

pdfAn Overview of Community Health Workers in the United States Lisa Renee Holderby
pdfCommunity Health Representatives: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks Debbie Dedam-Montour
pdfStriving to improve access to health and social, and health equity for immigrant and refugee communities Sara Torres & Yvonne Chiu
pdfThe Role of Immigrant Care Workers in an Aging Society The Canadian Context & Experience Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

PHIRN researchers also participated in two panels

Denticare, Denticaid or Business as Usual: Understanding Our Options for Future Public Policy

Panel Description

This session has been organized by the Canadian Associationof Public Health Dentistry, CanadianCentre for PolicyAlternatives, the Ontario Association of Public HealthDentistry, and the World Health Organization and will examine a range of policy options for the why or why not of"denticaid" (dental care for those in need) or "denticare"(dental care for everybody) in Canadian jurisdictions.

The moderator will situate the discussion by providing background on historical and current trends in Canadian dental policy.

This will be followed by a series of questions to be debated by the panelists.

These questions will raise issues such as:

  • universal access to a suite of dental services or a program that covers certain populations for certain services,
  • how current commitment in Ontario help us analyze the pros and cons of broad or narrow coverage and
  • what lessons international examples offer to the Canadian jurisdictions.

The panel will conclude with recommendations and proposed research themes.


  • Garry Aslanyan, Policy Manager, TDR, World Health Organization
  • Joanne Clovis, Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • Gregory Marchildon, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
  • Carlos Quiñonez, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
  • David Zaparinuk, Member, Canadian Dental Association Board of Directors
  • Hazel Stewart, Director, Oral and Dental Health Services, Toronto Public Health

Download FlyerDenticare, Denticaid or Business as Usual: Understanding Our Options for Future Public Policy


Systems Thinking in Public Health - How to Make the Whole Bigger Than The Sum of Its Parts?

Panel Description

Despite all the new investments and a greater focus on public health in Canada, it still feels like public health is a collection of parts rather than operational whole system. This panel discussion will feature research, policy and practice perspectives on achieving systems thinking in public health.


  • Garry Aslanyan, World Health Organization
  • Nancy Edwards, Scientific Director, CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health
  • Trevor Hancock, Public Health Consultant, British Columbia Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
  • Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Carol Timmings, Past President, Ontario Public Health Association and Director, Policy and Planning, Toronto Public Health
  • Ivy Bourgeault, CIHR/Health Canada Research Chair in Health Human Resources Policy, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
  • François Benoît, Scientific Lead, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

pdfSystems Thinking in Public Health - How to Make the Whole Bigger Than The Sum of Its Parts?


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