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Institute for Health and Social Policy

The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy was created to conduct and support world-class research on how social conditions impact population health and welfare.

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Baumgartner Research Group

Exposure to harmful pollutants from cooking with wood and coal is the single leading environmental health risk factor. Dr. Baumgartner researches the effectiveness of novel rural energy interventions in reducing air pollution exposures and improving health

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Student Programs

Student Programs at the IHSP currently offer students 4 unique opportunities to be involved in health and social policy.

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The Québec convergence and Canadian life satisfaction, 1985--2008

Using 25 years of the Canadian General Social Survey, Dr. Barrington-Leigh examines trends in life satisfaction and economic and social variables and find that Québec has undergone a remarkable upward shift in mean life satisfaction.

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Healthier Societies Initiative

The Healthier Societies Initiative identifies policy solutions that address rising health care costs and improve population health outcomes and provides intuitive, interactive tools to help the Canadian public better understand their health system.

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Measuring Global Health

The disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) developed as part of the Global Burden of Disease study has been hugely controversial. Dr. Voigt seeks to evaluate the suitability of this measure for its intended and actual use in policy decisions

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Maternal and Child Health Equity research program

The Maternal and Child Health Equity research program seeks to examine how social policies focused on reducing poverty, income and gender inequality have an impact on the burden of disease among children and women under the age of 50.

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The Transnational Migration of Physicians in the Twentieth Century

Dr. Wright's research group investigates the impact of complex patterns of physician migration, focusing on the impact on source countries and their public health infrastructures and the role of foreign-trained doctors in the evolution of public policy.

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The Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium

Led by Nicholas B. King and Daniel Weinstock, MHERC researchers draw on methods from philosophy, epidemiology, and behavioral psychology to identify novel ethical frameworks to guide public policy and public health interventions that address health equity.

Social Inequalities in Child Health

Dr. Elgar examines social inequalities in children's health and social development, focusing on the impact of deprivation and income inequality on school violence and mental health, and the protective roles schools, neighbourhoods and families can play.

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Moving evidence to policy for health, well-being and equity

The Institute for Health and Social Policy occupies a central role at McGill University as a multidisciplinary centre for research, training and knowledge mobilization on issues of health and social policy. The IHSP conducts and supports world-class research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, and leads programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, provincial, national and global scales. The Institute is committed to building collaborations with policymakers, communities and researchers to effectively move evidence to policy.


Calls for Applications: Research to Policy Dragon’s Den.

Deadline to Apply: May 6th, 2016.

This program is a unique training opportunity for participants to take on an important current policy challenge.  Mentored by a select group of academics, policy, practice and media experts, participants will develop a concrete proposal for policy change and effective strategies for moving it to action.

Topic in 2016: Refugee Settlement Policy.

We will explore the different ways that refugees make their ways to Canada (government-assisted, privately sponsored, asylum seekers) and the policy frameworks that shape their experiences once they are here.

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Thursday April 28th, 2016 12.30pm - 14:00pm. 

IHSP, 1130 Pine West, Montreal.

''Representations of emerging health debates in the UK mass media''. 

Amy Nimegeer, Visiting Research Associate, University of Glasgow.    


Celebrating the Census: ''Why Counting Matters for Canada’s Future'' Friday, April 29th 2016,  3 pm-5 pm, followed by a reception. 

Moyse Hall, (Arts Building) McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, H3A 0G5                                                                                                                                   

To register and to find directions to Moyse Hall, see the event website.