Seminar | Making research relevant to policy makers: Examples from human resources for health

Marko Vujicic, American Dental Association

Friday, June 21, 2019
12-1 pm
Michael Smith Laboratories 101
University of British Columbia

Evidence based policy making requires having the right evidence, at the right time, in front of the right people, communicated in the right way. This is a big challenge. This presentation will discuss some lessons learned in making research relevant to policy making in health care, with a focus on health workforce policy. Examples will be drawn from developing countries as well as the United States and Canada and will include projects that cover physicians, nurses, and dentists. Specific topics include assessing health workforce shortages, designing policies to attract health workers to rural areas, and the impact of different payment models on health worker productivity.

Marko Vujicic currently serves as Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association in Chicago. Previously, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In all of these roles, Dr. Vujicic led large-scale strategic initiatives focused on bringing cutting edge data and research to specific health policy challenges. Dr. Vujicic has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, and Medical Care. His team’s work has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, NOVA, and The Atlantic. He holds several academic appointments, including as an affiliate faculty at the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC. Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the UBC and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.

Watch the video recording on SPPH YouTube channel.

A light lunch is included in this seminar. Please RSVP for lunch by June 17.

This seminar is cosponsored by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.