Inst. for Health and Social Policy news
IHSP Faculty member Antonia Maioni has been named Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) at McGill. She will have the mandate to advance research excellence at McGill, notably in the humanities and social sciences. Congratulations Antonia! Learn more here.
Maternal and Child Health Equity (MACHEquity) Principal Investigator and IHSP Faculty member Arijit Nandi, MACHEquity Project Manager Gonzalo Moreno and past MACHEquity Doctoral Fellow Belinda Maswikwa have contributed an Op-ed in the Globe and Mail discussing how stopping child marriage, notably by closing existing legal loopholes, can empower women and improve their health and social well-being, which are
The latest edition of McGill's student-run Global Health Journal, The Prognosis is out! Among the topics covered: culture and mental health in Japan, healthcare access for refugees, and the impact of dietary changes in Inuit communities. Find out more here.
By describing a novel way to quantify urban sprawl, Dr. Barrington-Leigh’s recent study has gathered media attention as it offers a new perspective on urban development and provide further opportunities for research on the topic and the social and environmental impacts of different urban forms.
In May, graduate students had the opportunity take on an important current policy challenge, develop a concrete proposal for policy change, and present it to prominent policy and media leaders. Learn more about their proposals here.
Inside the Spring 2015 Issue: Bill 10/Bill 20, physician-assisted dying, recent research, IHSP in the media, upcoming events, student and alumni interviews
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.
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.
Dr. Frank Elgar's study on on the impact of socioeconomic inequalities on adolescent health is featured in the latest issue of Scientific American. Published April 14, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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