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Each year, the Institute for Health and Social Policy hosts a series of events. These include conferences and workshops with national and global participation, as well as a public webinar and seminar series. These events explore what is known about how social and environmental conditions impact on health and how this knowledge can be translated into policies and programs that make a difference. If you are interested in being added to our mailing list, please sign up HERE.

2020-2021 EVENTS

IHSP Policy Talks

IHSP Policy Talks are seminars led by researchers, policymakers, and practitioners concerning key challenges, evidence, and strategies for improving population health, well-being, and equity. These talks will be recorded on Zoom and uploaded to our YouTube Channel.

CHRLP Forum promotional posterDECEMBER 3rd - 1pm ET

CHRLP Forum: a Reading Group on Power, Mobilization, and Change

Dec 3rd theme: Broadening the Horizons of Disability Justice

Facilitated by Professor Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry

Zoom Link:
Zoom meeting ID: 880 9469 6717

All welcome!

Readings and talks:

For more information, please contact katrina.bland [at]

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UN COSP13 Side Event Promotional FlyerDecember 3rd, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. ET

UN COSP13 Side Event

Promoting inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD for children with disabilities

Side event at the 13 United Nations Conference of the States Parties for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The side event will focus on the monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). A dynamic panel of youth with disabilities, government officials, researchers, civil society leaders and family members will discuss the policy, academic and practical issues needed to promote the creation of domestic monitoring frameworks that will favour the realization of an inclusive sustainable development that includes children with disabilities and their social environments.



Keiko Shikako-Thomas, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability, CHILD-BRIGHT Network/McGill University

Lisa Wolff, Director of Policy and Research, UNICEF Canada

Tabatha Tranquilla, Director, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Steven Estey, Canadian Council for Rehabilitation and Work

Kathy Vandergrift, Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Rubab Arim, PhD, Senior Research Analyst - Social Analysis and Modelling Division, Statistics Canada

Leanne Findlay, Principal Analyst, Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada

Rebekah Kintzinger, Parent

Jonathan Lai, PhD, Director of Strategy and Operations, Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance

Emily Gruenwoldt, President and CEO, Children's Healthcare Canada

Jennifer Zwicker, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability Policy, Scientific Deputy, Kids Brain Health Network/University of Calgary

Rachel Martens, Stakeholder Engagement Strategist, CanChild/Kids Brain Health Network

Ahnaf, Emma, Jacob, Youth Advocates

Click here to view the poster PDF icon un_cosp13_side_event_flyer_nov2020-2.pdf

DECEMBER 15th - 12:30-13:30


Annmarie Adams
Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine
Stevenson Professor, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Associate Member, IHSP

This talk explores the changing role of “place” during the global pandemic, especially the new, competing roles of the home as refuge and workplace. How have changing notions of contagion shaped houses and cities? And what might we expect as architecture of the future?


View the poster here PDF icon webinar_promofinal12152020.pdf

Recent 2020 Events

December 1st promotional flyerDECEMBER 1st - 12:30-13:30

Citizen Engagement in Artificial Intelligence Ethics: Enabling People's Input in Population Health Policy-Making

Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon, PhD
Visiting Researcher, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School


It has quickly become a truism that the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) is necessary and must help guide technological developments. This talk will review the state of citizen and stakeholder engagement in AI ethics and propose a way to enable and capture citizen perspectives to inform policy-making in population health.

View the poster here - PDF icon webinar_promo_final1212020.pdf

November 25th - 14:00-15:00 EST

The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) is hosting an event:

Webinar - Wellbeing Budgeting and Public Health: Promising Practice for Pandemic Recovery?


This webinar will offer an introduction to wellbeing and wellbeing budgeting with a particular focus on public health and the promises they may hold for a pandemic recovery.


Christopher Barrington-Leigh
Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Social Policy, School of Environment, McGill University

Lindsay McLaren
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary and Research Associate at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Val Morrison
Scientific Advisor, NCCHPP


The health, social, and economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic have left governments at all levels thinking about the way forward. In the midst of uncertainty, many, including many in Canada, have called for a health and economic recovery that puts people and their wellbeing at the heart of the efforts. Before the appearance of SARS-CoV-2 in late 2019, many organizations and governments had already begun looking for ways to move beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of how well countries are doing to finding ways of measuring how well people in countries are doing. New Zealand, for example, adopted a wellbeing budget last year.

Our two guest speakers, Christopher Barrington-Leigh of McGill University and Lindsay McClaren of the University of Calgary, will present material and answer questions that will allow participants to understand what is meant by a wellbeing (or quality of life, or life satisfaction) approach to guiding budgets and policies. We will particularly look at the connections between existing public health perspectives and the wellbeing approach and point to ways that wellbeing, and wellbeing budgeting in particular, may offer a promising path as we move forward into and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

After attending this webinar, participants should be able to answer the following questions:

    1) What is wellbeing budgeting?
    2) How does a wellbeing approach fit with public health practice?
    3) What does a wellbeing approach offer in a post-COVID-19 Canada?

November 20th, 2020 - 10:30-12:00 EDT

A Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Event in celebration of National Child Day

PHACtually Speaking Seminar
Health Inequalities and our Canadian Youth: who is vulnerable and how can we close the gaps?

The IHSP's Frank Elgar will be speaking


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance and impact of long-standing health inequalities to the forefront.

Through panel presentations, using health inequalities findings from the national and international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey and the Pan-Canadian Health Inequalities Reporting Initiative, this seminar will present the state of the science and provide opportunity for discussion on key principles for action and promising practices that can be adapted to advance health equity of youth within the Canadian context.

For more information about National Child Day, please visit

November 17th event promo flyerNOVEMBER 17th - 12:30-13:30

IHSP Disability Working Group Presents:

Moral Accommodations: Tolerating workplace misconduct due to a disability

Adi Goldiner, PhD
King's College London

The right of disabled people to reasonable accommodations/adjustments in the workplace is a common feature of disability antidiscrimination legislation. This talk focuses on what Adi Goldiner calls workplace 'moral accommodations', namely the right that employers tolerate employees’ otherwise unacceptable behaviour when it is due to some underlying impairment. The need for this type of accommodations arises often (but not only) when people with mental disorders experience difficulties in regulating emotional responses or reading social cues in work situations. As a result of their impairments, employees might engage in workplace misconduct—be it angry outbursts, inappropriate emails, or threats to co-workers—which provides a just cause for termination. Instead of dismissal, moral accommodations mandate tolerating their misconduct, through allowing job transfers, granting 'second chances', or providing exemptions from certain workplace conduct rules.

Couldn't make it to the webinar, WATCH IT HERE! 

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CIRM November 13th Promo ImageNovember 13th, 2020

CIRM Event - A Century of Health Crises in Montreal

Can we benefit from past epidemics to better understand and experience the current pandemic? What are the similarities between yesterday's health crises and today's?

The health crisis we are facing stresses the crucial importance of history in the understanding of contemporary phenomena. This second meeting of the series Rethinking the City in Times of Pandemic will be an opportunity to recount the major epidemics that Montreal has experienced over the past century: typhus, Spanish flu, and polio. For the occasion, Magda Fahrni and Daniel Weinstock welcome three former students who, through their respective research work, have analyzed these various health crises and their impact on Montreal society. This discussion between the guests will allow us to better understand different present and past realities such as the role of immigration in the spread of a disease, the cleavage between different social classes as well as the education of children in times of health crisis.


Daniel Weinstock - Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculties of Law and of Arts, McGill U.

Magda Fahrni - Professor, Department of History, UQAM


Sophie Doucet - Postdoctoral Researcher, Concordia University

Maude Charest-Auger – Archivist, Quebec Ministry of Public Security

Valérie Poirier – Postdoctoral Researcher, Guelph University

NOVEMBER 10th - 12:30-13:30

Comparing Social Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Canada and the United States

Daniel Beland
James McGill Professor of Political Science, McGill University and Director of MISC

Shannon Dinan
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies, Bishop's University

Alex Waddan
Associate Professor of American Politics and American Foreign Policy, University of Leicester

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, the Canadian and US governments both enacted temporary measures to mitigate the unprecedented consequences of the global pandemic, but the United States’ tepid public-health response has created a stark divide between the two countries. A close look reveals some startling differences in how social policy was used to ensure health and economic security. This event will explore how both countries responded to the COVID-19 crisis, and what growing social policy divide means for the future.

View the poster here PDF icon nov._10th_webinar_promo.pdf

Couldn't make it to the webinar, WATCH IT HERE!

NOVEMBER 3rd - 12:30-13:30

The Impact of COVID on Immigrant and Racialized Communities in Montreal

 Jill Hanley
 Associate Professor, McGill School of Social Work and Scientific Director of the SHERPA University Institute on Migration, Health and Social Services

Janet Cleveland
Researcher on the rights and well-being of asylum seekers and non-status migrants, SHERPA University Institute on Migration, Health and Social Services

The talk presents the findings of a study on the impacts of the COVID crisis on vulnerable groups within Montreal's immigrant and racialized communities. In April-May 2020, interviews were conducted with 50 key informants from community groups providing services to newcomers and ethnocultural associations in Montreal. Findings suggest that the COVID crisis disproportionately affects racialized groups with certain characteristics, including low SES, precarious migratory status, non-English or French speaking, or employment in the health sector or certain other ‘essential’ sectors.

View the poster here PDF icon november_3rd_webinar_promo.pdf

Couldn't make it to the webinar, WATCH IT HERE!

Event PromotionOctober 22nd, 2020
6:00-7:00 EDT

Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada presents: Dr. Alissa Koski on "Child Marriage in Canada" 

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October 20th, 2020

The Girl in the Pandemic

Moderator: Claudia Mitchell, Distinguished James McGill Professor, Director of the Institute for Development and Well-Being (IHDW)

Relebohile Moletsane
Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Eleni Nash
Gender Officer, Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hannah Pugh
Project Coordinator, Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education, Dalhousie University

Jennifer Thompson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Public Health CReSP, University of Montréal

Katherine L. Frohlich
Professor, Ecole de Santé Publique et CReSP, Université de Montréal

Marianne Dupré-Deslandes
Student, UQAM

Some have referred to the current Covid-19 crisis as a “tale of two pandemics” in reference to both the obvious health issues and the pervasive gender inequalities that have become exacerbated. All around the world, girls and young women are facing increasing levels of precariousness. In this talk, our speakers from Quebec, South Africa and Ethiopia, will highlight how the question becomes one of how to address these new contexts. They will also speak to how critical it is that we learn with and from girls and young women in a time of distancing, and when our efforts could do more harm than good.

Couldn't make it to the webinar, WATCH IT HERE!

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IHSP Policy Talks October 6 Promotional flyerOctober 6th, 2020

Cities and Psychosis

Ian Gold
Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, McGill University

Daniel Weinstock
Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, McGill University

Although we have known for more than 80 years that one is at greater risk of developing a psychotic illness like schizophrenia in a city, the reasons for this remain obscure. In this webinar, we will review the data on cities and psychosis and explore some of the explanations for the phenomenon. 

View the poster here PDF icon october_6th_webinar_promo.pdf

Couldn't make it to the webinar, WATCH IT HERE!

September 22nd, 2020

Insights into Sars-CoV-2 Transmission and Control

Justin Lessler, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health

This talk will cover insights into SARS-CoV-2 transmission and control gleaned from the analysis of data collected as part of the public health response in locations ranging from China, to Switzerland, to the United States. It will examine the insights into disease transmission we have inferred from our research, as well as what we know about what works for control.

Talk co-hosted by the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.

If you missed the webinar, the event was recorded and a link will be available soon.

ISQOLS Webinar Flyer for Chris Barrington-Leigh's talkIf you missed Wellbeing, sustainability, and progress: what's needed to help governments be accountable to human experience with Chris Barrington-Leigh, you can view it HERE!

If you want to see what other events we have hosted in 2019-2020, please visit our Past Events page.

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