Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium

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Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (2011-2016)

Principal Investigators: Daniel Weinstock and Nicholas B. King
Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Programmatic Grant in Health and Health Equity

The Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC) consists of multiple projects directed by 7 faculty and 4 postdoctoral fellows at McGill University and the Université de Montréal. It has two main objectives:

Ethical Frameworks

What are the conceptual and ethical dilemmas underlying research in the social determinants of health? Drawing on methods from philosophy, epidemiology, and behavioral psychology, MHERC’s researchers identify and investigate novel ethical frameworks to guide public policy and public health interventions that address health equity.

Impacts of Policy on Health Equity

How do particular policies, measurement strategies, framing effects, prioritization schemes, and public health interventions impact health and health equity? MHERC’s researchers explore the ethical implications of health inequalities research, health policies, and public health interventions. Our goal is to produce policy-relevant academic work, as well as policy briefs aimed at population health professionals and policymakers.

We are always on the lookout for and happy to hear from potential collaborators and students. Feel free to contact us any time!

Selected publications

Hunt M, Schwartz L, Sinding C. (2013). Tragic Choices in humanitarian healthcare practice. Journal of Clinical Ethics 23(4):338-344.

De Wispelaere J. (2013). The Struggle for Strategy: On the Politics of Universal Basic Income. Politics (forthcoming).

De Wispelaere J, Casassas D. (2013). A Life of One’s Own: Republican Freedom and Disability. Disability and Society (forthcoming).

Bisaillon L. (2013). Contradictions and dilemmas within the practice of immigration medicine. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104(1): e45-e51.

Bisaillon L, Rankin J. (2013). Navigating the politics of fieldwork using institutional ethnography: Strategies for practice. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(1), Art.14.

Harper S, King NB. (2013). Commentary: Best Practice for What? Milbank Quarterly, 91(1), 205-209

De Wispelaere J, Weinstock D. (2012). Licensing Parents to Protect Our Children. Ethics and Social Welfare 6(2).

Eckenwiler L, Straehle C, Chung R. (2012) Global Solidarity, Migration, and Global Health Equity.Bioethics, 26 (7): 382-390. 

Bisaillon L. (2012). An analytic glossary for social inquiry using institutional and political activist ethnography. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(5).

Rosenthal A. (2012) Weaving Networks of Responsibility: Community Work and Child Care in Development Programs in Rural Malawi. Medical Anthropology, 31: 420–437.

Hunt MR, Andreson J, Boulanger R. (2012). Ethical implications of disaster research diversity. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 7(3);211-21.

Hunt MR, Schwartz L, Elit L. (2012). Ethics support and training for health professionals in international aid work. Public Health Ethics. 5(1); 91-9

Schwartz L, Hunt MR, Sinding S, Elit L, Redwood-Campbell L, Adelson N, DeLaat S. (2012) Models for humanitarian health care ethics. Public Health Ethics. 5(1); 81-90.

Harper S, Rushani D, Kaufman JS. (2012). Trends in the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap, 2003-2008. JAMA. 307: 2257-2259.

King NB, Harper S, Young M. (2012). Use of relative and absolute effect measures in reporting health inequalities: structured review. BMJ 345: e5774.

King NB, Harper S, et al. (2012). Who cares about health inequalities? Cross-country evidence from the World Health Survey. Health Policy and Planning.

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