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.


NEWS

Health Rights: Individual, Collective, and ‘National’
Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Pre-Conference Session
November 6, 2019

Call for Papers!

https://mcgill.ca/law/channels/news/health-rights-individual-collective-and-national-call-for-papers-297799


WHAT WILL WORLD HAPPINESS LOOK LIKE IN 2050?

Increasing numbers of governments worldwide are recognizing the importance of happiness and well-being as top policy priorities. Life satisfaction can now be measured and evidence is providing clear direction to policymakers in where to focus new and effective public policies for raising societal well-being. Using data on happiness from around the world over the last 13 years, new research by Chris Barrington-Leigh, faculty member at the IHSP and the McGill School of the Environment, with Eric Galbraith from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: “What is the feasible range of changes in life satisfaction by 2050?” and “What kind of policies might be responsible for those changes?”. Results clearly show that "policies in the future can only make a modest difference in our happiness if they are focused on increasing material outcomes. By contrast, policies that affect our social engagement, belonging, and community have the potential to radically determine our future quality of life". For more information, please visit Prof. Barrington-Leigh's website: https://wellbeing.ihsp.mcgill.ca/ and this video summarizing his research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83af06ePJJ8

GLOBE AND MAIL - June 19th, 2019

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-do-you-live-in-canadas-happiest-province/

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY - June 17, 2019

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-economics-happiness/201906/what-will-world-happiness-look-in-2050


NEW GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH ON CHILD MARRIAGE IN CANADA

Alissa Koski, faculty member at the IHSP and the McGill Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, is conducting new research on child marriage across Canada. Preliminary results show that "child marriage is legal and on-going in Canada", with Ontario sanctioning the most child marriages with 1,353 since 2000, then Alberta with 791, Quebec with 590 and British Columbia with 429. The vast majority are girls; and compared to boys, girls marry at younger ages and to substantially older spouses. Professor Koski adds that her results likely “underestimate the true extent of the practice", and that “child marriage is associated with poor health and economic outcomes, particularly for girls”. For more information, please visit Prof. Koski's website: https://www.alissakoski.com/

NATIONAL POST June 11th

https://nationalpost.com/news/child-marriage-legal-and-ongoing-in-canada-researcher-finds

EDMONTON JOURNAL - June 13

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-leads-canada-in-child-marriage-rate

SOCIAL MEDIA