IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock (Faculty of Law) writes about both the Supreme Court of Canada's and the National Assembly of Quebec's recent decisions on physician-assisted dying. While "the legal status of physician-assisted dying (PAD) in Canada" has undergone "dramatic changes" in the past few months, there will still "likely be movement on both the provincial and federal fronts in the months and years to come." You can read Professor Weinstock's article here.
Bill 10 and Bill 20
Professor Antonia Maioni (IHSP Faculty Member, Department of Poltical Science) writes about the public and professional backlash against Bill 10 and Bill 20. The Bills are intended to streamline the Quebec health care system and improve access to health care. However, they have already proven to be very controversial. Professor Maioni writes about this "season of big changes in the Quebec health care system." You can read her article here.
IHSP NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
Common Threads through the Commonwealth Deadline Extension !
We are now accepting applicantions from Canadian students until June 1st, 2015. Learn more about the programs and its training and travel opportunities here.
IHSP is launching its first issue of IHSP News!
Inside the Spring 2015 Issue: Bill 10/Bill 20, physician-assisted dying, recent research, IHSP in the media, upcoming events, student and alumni interviews
Money Is Driving a Wedge in Teen Health - Scientific American, April 14, 2015
Dr. Frank Elgar's study on on the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on adolescent health is featured in the latest issue of Scientific American.
HSI’s new research initiative on Quebec’s child care policies
The Healthier Societies Initiative (HSI) has recently received funding from CIHR for a two-year project on Quebec’s childcare policies! The research program will be led by Professors Daniel Weinstock (IHSP Director) and Seungmi Yang (Assistant Professor in McGill’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health). Learn more here.
MACHEquity contributes to the No Ceilings’ Full Participation Report on Women and Girls’ conditions worldwide.
MACHEquity’s research and data are featured in the Clinton and Gates Foundations’ Full Participation Report to assess evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls worldwide. Over the past year, MACHEquity researchers have looked at the evolution of paid maternal leave across the globe. See what they have found on page 30 of the report.
In addition to these results, MACHEquity has collaborated with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center on a series of policy briefs on labor policies, minimum wage, child marriage, and breastfeeding breaks at work.
The IHSP "Common Threads through the Commonwealth" project is one of two McGill initiatives that have received $500,000 grants from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. This project, led by Professor Antonia Maioni, will allow students from all over the Commonwealth to explore novel ways to addressing local, national and global challenges to health, well-being and equity. More details on the program and guidelines to apply are available here.
Estimating the Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Women’s Use of Contraception: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
MACHEquity’s Lauren Maxwell has recently reviewed 23 years of data to find the links between intimate partner violence and use of contraceptives methods and notices implications for family planning and HIV prevention programs. PLoS ONE. Published February 18, 2015
Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002–2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study
Frank Elgar led a study on the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on various aspects of adolescent health in 34 high-income countries. The findings, published in the Lancet in February, show that socioeconomic differences in adolescents' mental and physical health increased from 2002 to 2010 in the sampled countries. This is an area that has typically received less attention from policy makers compared to early childhood. The Lancet. Published February 3, 2015
Increased risk of respiratory illness associated with kerosene fuel use among women and children in urban Bangalore, India
Jill Baumgartner, along with a team of researchers, conducted a study in Bangalore, India, found that the use of kerosene was associated with higher rates of bronchitis, phlegm and chest illnesses compared to cleaner cooking fuels. Occup Environ Med. Published October 23, 2014
Downs: The History of a Disability
IHSP historian David Wright was interviewed by New Books in Medicine regarding his 2011 publication, "Downs: The History of a Disability," winner of the British Society for the History of Science's 2013 Dingle Prize. Published online Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Cyberbulling Victimization and Mental Health in Adolescents and the Moderating Role of Family Dinners
IHSP faculty member Frank Elgar was part of a team of researchers that conducted a study on the impact of family interaction on the mental health of victims of cyberbulling. They concluded that dining as a family reduced the detrimental impacts of being cyberbullied on adolescents. Published online Monday, September 1, 2014.
Scottish referendum piques Quebecer's interest
IHSP Director Daniel Weinstock discusses the upcoming Scottish referendum from a Quebecois perspective. Appeared on CTV Thursday, September 11, 2014.
How Canadians and Americans view each other's health system
IHSP and McGill Political Scientist Antonia Maioni surveys public opinion on both sides of the border. Published in the Globe and Mail, Friday September 5, 2014.