Health Policy Conference

Value Judgements: Focusing on Patients’ Health and Health Care Outcomes

March 9-10, 2023 | Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

The movement to increase value from health care is gaining momentum and related initiatives are flourishing. For many, value from health care means measuring patients’ health relative to the costs incurred to achieve their outcomes. However, this concept over-simplifies the complex processes of generating or maintaining health. Focusing on patients’ health and health care outcomes means improving access and quality of care, appropriately targeting interventions, and understanding the effects of health inequities, social determinants of health, and systems of health care delivery. Over 1.5 days, the 2023 CHSPR Health Policy Conference will explore these different lenses of measuring value.

CHSPR’s long-standing conference promotes discussion between policy-makers, academics, providers, patients and national organizations on timely issues shaping health systems in Canada. The 2023 conference will bring together research and policy experts, students, patients, and care practitioners from across the health care system.


Dr Mylaine Breton Associate Professor, Department of Social Science and Medicine, University of Sherbrooke
Joanne Castonguay Health and Welfare Commissioner, Province of Quebec
Dr Fiona Clement Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Dr Irfan Dhalla Vice President, Care Experience and Equity, Unity Health Toronto
Dr Angela Jerath Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Dr Paul Kurdyak Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Dr Tom Noseworthy Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Dr Michael Schoenbaum Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics, National Institute of Mental Health
Dr Elizabeth Teisberg Executive Director, Value Institute for Health & Care, The University of Texas at Austin
Carly Weeks Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Crichton Lecture

CHSPR and the School of Population and Public Health are pleased to announce that the Crichton Health Systems and Policy Learning Fund will sponsor the Crichton Lecture at the conference. This lecture by an outstanding scholar, on the health system and policy challenges that remain key to health promotion and the prevention of illness, will honour Dr Crichton’s commitment to improve BC and Canada’s health care systems. Learn more about Dr Crichton’s legacy and the Fund at give UBC.

Call for Abstracts

The conference planning committee invites submission of abstracts for poster presentations on health services and policy research topics. Abstracts are due December 16, 2022. The conference organizing committee is also open to proposals for workshops on topics aligned with the conference theme.

Consideration of COVID-19

The conference is planned to be in-person only. We are paying close attention to guidelines from the BC Provincial Government and the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) regarding gatherings and events. Should restrictions related to events, vaccination, and/or masks be reinstated, we will adapt our conference plans accordingly.

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