Why We Need More Canadian Health Policy in the Media

Why We Need More Canadian Health Policy in the Media is a compilation of health policy commentaries published by EvidenceNetwork.ca experts in major newspapers in 2015. 

These articles highlight the most recent evidence on a wide range of health policy topics, including our aging population, healthcare costs and spending, mental health, pharmaceutical policy, the social determinants of health and distinctions between the Canadian and American healthcare system among other topics.

This is the fourth volume in the annual series of eBooks produced by EvidenceNetwork.ca, the first being Canadian Health Policy in the News (2013), followed by Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy (2014) and Navigating the Evidence: Communicating Canadian Health Policy in the Media (2015).

We acknowledge the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Research Manitoba, the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, and their Institute of Population and Public Health, The Canadian Frailty Network, and the University of Manitoba’s  Department of Community Health Sciences  and Max Rady College of Medicine whose funding supports EvidenceNetwork.ca.


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Noralou P. Roos received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. In 1972 she received the SearsRoebuck Foundation Federal Faculty Fellow, and moved to the University of Manitoba in 1973. She joined the Population Health Group at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 1988. Noralou was a co-Founder of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She headed the group which received Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding to create Canada’s first data laboratory, containing population based data on health, education and social services and held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Citations to Dr. Roos’ work place her among the top 100 Canadian scientists according to The Institute of Scientific Information.   

She was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health, the Interim Governing Council setting up the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), received the Order of Canada in 2005, was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada (2009), and most recently received a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.   

Noralou led the Canadian Drug Policy Development Coalition working with Health Canada and the provinces which resulted in the funding of the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN) at CIHR. She has also been working with community groups, business and government to bring research on ‘At-Risk’ kids to the policy table; she is a Member of the United Way of Winnipeg Board of Trustees, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (Strengthening the Core Working Group), and a Member of the Point Douglas/Lord Selkirk Park Project Advisory Board. She has received the Inaugural Population and Public Health Research Milestone Award, CIHR and CPHA, and in 2010, gave the Emmett Hall Memorial Lecture, one of Canada’s most prestigious lectureships, which commemorates the father of Canadian Medicare with an annual address at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference.  

Kathleen O’Grady is a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University and the author and editor of numerous books and articles on health, women’s and cultural issues. She is also the Founding Director of QUOI Media Group, specializing in political, policy and media research and strategy consulting. She has written and edited speeches, Op-Eds, policy briefs and research papers for Senators, MPs, MPPs, Chiefs of Police, academics and CEOs. Her client list includes the Senate of Canada, a number of Ottawa-based think tanks, universities, politicians, artists and authors, and a wide range of national non-profit organizations.   

In this capacity, she works as the Managing Editor of EvidenceNetwork.ca. On behalf of the research network she strategizes and edits the Op-Ed content from a wide-range of academic experts and works with editors at Canada’s leading newspapers to make these submissions ready for publication. She also oversees a small communications team that actively pushes these commentaries, and other related projects, such as videos, media backgrounders, podcasts, webinars and infographics, through popular social media channels to raise the level of evidence in popular discourse about Canadian health policy options.  

Kathleen is also a volunteer editor with Wikipedia on the Canada Project and is a past board member for the national non-profit organization, Girls Action Foundation/Fondation filles d’action. She currently sits on the Research Management Committee for NeuroDevNet – a pan-Canada Network of Centre of Excellence to study children’s brain development. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her family, and is the mother of two young boys, one with autism.  

Eileen Boriskewich is both the webmaster and e-Newsletter editor for EvidenceNetwork.ca, in addition to providing administrative and executive support to the Director/Editor-in-Chief and the Director of Communications/Managing Editor.   

She manages the day-to-day operations of EvidenceNetwork.ca and participates in the strategic direction of the project through team meetings.   

She is currently enrolled in the Certificate Program in Management and Administration (CIM) at the University of Manitoba.   

Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski was the 2014 journalist intern at EvidenceNetwork.ca and is now the Podcast and Social Media Editor. She is also a webmaster and journalist for Radio-Canada in Montreal.   

She has worked as a journalist for a local paper, for the French television station TVA/LCN and has helped Québec en forme set up a website about children’s healthy habits. She also freelances for a hyperlocal newspaper in Montreal.  

Nanci Armstrong is a part time Research Support for EvidenceNetwork.ca.  She provides support to the team through communications with our experts, reporting and tracking of data and administrating day-to-day operations of the EvidenceNetwork.ca website. 

She earned her Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the University of Manitoba in 2012 and in addition to her work with EN she stays busy raising her young daughter and working on her family business. 

Carolyn Shimmin is a Knowledge Translation Coordinator with EvidenceNetwork.ca and the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. 

Kristy Wittmeier is a physiotherapist and Director of Knowledge Translation at the Manitoba Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, and a researcher with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She has a special interest in physical activity as a tool to prevent and manage obesity-related conditions in youth.

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