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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.

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.

Upcoming 2021 Events

March 9, 2021 - 12:30-13:30 EDT

IHSP Policy Talks Webinar

Supporting Science and Policy Integration through Data Science and Artificial Intelligence


Vik Pant, PhD

Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto and Founder, Synthetic Intelligence Forum (SIF)


Across Canada, NRCan scientists and researchers are creatively applying innovative digital solutions to support sustainable development and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource sector. This talk will showcase the acceleration of Digital Innovation using Data Science and AI to support policy design and implementation.

Click here to view the flyer in full-size: PDF icon mar_9_webinar_final.pdf

March 23, 2021 - 12:30-13:30

IHSP Policy Talks Webinar

Homelessness Prevention: Framework, Examples and Evidence


James Hughes
President and CEO, Mission Brewery

Hannah Brais
Research Coordinator, Mission Brewery

Eric Latimer
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University


The number of people experiencing homelessness is continuing to rise in most countries. Why is this happening, and what can be done to prevent it? Drawing from Gaetz and Dej’s framework for homelessness prevention, speakers will discuss real-world applications from international examples, illustrating what can be done in Québec. Questions for future research will be outlined, and evidence-informed policy directions put forward.

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April 6, 2021 - 12:30-13:30

IHSP Policy Talks Webinar

Disability Rights in Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dr. Ciara Siobhan Brennan, COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor & Centre for Disability Studies, University of Iceland

Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability, McGill SPOT

Dr. Sébastien Jodoin, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Health, and the Environment, McGill Faculty of Law

Dr. Derek L. Cogburn, American University & Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Moderator: Dr. Raphael Lencucha, McGill SPOT 


Drawing on a systematic analysis of COVID-19 policies as well as surveys of people with disabilities, this webinar will address whether and how governments around the world have adopted COVID-19 control and recovery policies that recognize and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

Click here to view the flyer in full-size: PDF icon apr_6_webinar_final.pdf

April 13, 2021 - 12:30-13:30

IHSP Policy Talks Webinar

Remapping the Social Determinants of Health & Wellbeing: Childhood Neurodisability, Ecosocial Theory, and the Future of SDOH


Dr. Lucyna Lach, Associate Professor, Social Work; member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families & Institute for Health and Social Policy , McGill University.

Dr. Angela Marques Filipe, CIHR Fellow, Wenner-Gren Writing Fellow; affiliate member of the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University.



While much has been already said about the social determinants of health (SDoH) framework, little is known about its challenges and potentials in the context of childhood neurodisability, where questions of wellbeing, neurodiversity, and social justice take centre stage. The webinar explores these questions in light of current debates and of an ecosocial, research-action oriented framework that is relevant to families, practitioners, advocates, and decision-makers, both in times of COVID-19 and beyond.

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IHSP 2021 Conference

Policies for Better Lives: Life satisfaction and human wellbeing in Canada

May 7, 14, 21, 28th, 2021 - Four 2-hour 10:00-12:00 EST sessions

For more information, visit our CONFERENCES PAGE!

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

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