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Upcoming Webinars

Healthy Brains at Work: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

February 6, 2018 at 02:00 PM EST
Building on the research throughout this project, join Greg Sutherland as he presents key findings from the research series and explores the conditions that support healthy brains in the workplace. In this 60-minute webinar, Greg Sutherland will present research findings on:

  • How some employers are exploring ways to innovate in the programs and benefits they offer; 
  • An incremental improvement in functionality for those living with depression and/or anxiety produces significant improvements for Canada’s economy;
  • Optimal treatment can improve workplace functionality, and reduce the number of hospitalizations due to depression.
  • Effective mental health strategies must be accessible at an early age, provide effective supports and address gaps for those in precarious employment.

Understanding Public and Private Prescription Drug Insurance Coverage in Canada

February 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
In this webinar, author Greg Sutherland will provide an overview of the main report highlights, including how the majority of Canadians have access to prescription drug coverage through private or public plans and the number of those who enrol in such programs. Greg will also discuss how The Conference Board of Canada estimated the number of uninsured Canadians and provide a closer look at out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs. Finally, Greg will discuss how insurance plan designs vary across provinces, some of the reasons for non-enrolment, and the research and policy implications of this work going forward.

Generation Healthy: Translating Knowledge into Innovative Lifespan Solutions

February 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST
The Gen H Lab is dedicated to working with multi- sectors, developing evidence –based, community-driven, on the ground solutions across all ages to make a positive, measurable, social impact on the health of citizens and communities.

During this session, Cynthia Watson and Tracey Martin will share some of the epic successes and fails over the last 5 years on how you can shift practices to change results and work differently and with others to build capacity in individuals at play, school, work and home by transforming and linking community assets into supportive environments reinforcing life-long healthy behaviors..

The New Health Economy: Managing Data, Placing Value on Medical care, and Empowering Patients

March 5, 2018 at 02:00 PM EST
Joyce Drohan will explore the consolidation among providers, intended to produce efficiency gains; the changing demands and expectations of patients, who seek a greater role in their own care; increasing cost pressures; and the declining autonomy of the individual physician as rule-based, protocol-driven care becomes ascendant.

During this live webinar, Joyce will share how the resulting health care system will focus increasingly on paying for the value rather than the volume of medical care; in other words, it will be a more consumer-facing industry.

The Benefits of Early Optimized Treatment for Depression

March 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST
With workplace mental health and wellness receiving increased attention, there has been interest in examining the effects of early treatment for patients with depression. There is a body of evidence that points to early optimized treatment providing the greatest opportunity for achieving full functional recovery.

Unfortunately, there are many stages at which a person with depression can experience a delay in receiving optimal treatment. These begin even before encountering the health system as many people do not seek treatment for depression at all. When they do, depression severity can also have an impact on the treatment they receive. And even if a minimally adequate level of treatment is received, many individuals fail to achieve adequate response or subsequently relapse.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar as Greg Sutherland explores the potential economic benefits of overcoming some of these obstacles.

Market Access and Adoption of Disruptive Health Technologies

April 4, 2018 at 02:00 PM EDT
Early engagement with key stakeholders and collaborative evidence generation play a critical role in expedited market access of disruptive health technologies.

In this 60-minute session, Shahira Bhimani will highlight how the EXCITE process supports a “pull model” for innovation adoption wherein the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is integral in the prioritization of the technology based on alignment of the innovation to health system needs. In addition, this presentation will discuss case examples of how the EXCITE process uses a multi-stakeholder collaborative process to identify a pathway to adoption of innovative technologies into the Ontario healthcare system.


Past Webinars

After Pneumonia: Addressing the Health and Economic Burden of Pneumonia in Canada

January 17, 2018
Changing demographics, namely an aging and growing population, will play a key role in the future health and economic impact of pneumonia on the health care system, to the economy, and to society. With annual costs increasing from $216 million in 2010 to $532 million in 2025, addressing pneumonia today is necessary. Join the Conference Board’s Alexandru Dobrescu and Thy Dinh, as they walk through the research findings and the policy and practice implications for addressing the burden of pneumonia in Canada.


Up in Smoke: Addressing the Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada

January 11, 2018
This 60-minute webinar will present key findings of the 2017 report The Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada, 2012, and will discuss the opportunities to reduce the burden of illnesses due to smoking from a policy, practice, and programs perspective.

Dollars and Sense 2017: Using Health Economics to Inform Policy (part 1)

November 28, 2017
In this two-part, 90 minute webinar, Dr. Thy Dinh will discuss how economic analyses are an essential tool for policy makers who make difficult decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources. However, traditional cost-effectiveness analyses are not always the most appropriate or useful approach for value assessment, particularly when the benefits of said investment are accrued over-time. So where’s the middle ground? The Conference Board of Canada has taken a different approach to this analysis. Our research predominately focuses on a cost-consequence approach to estimating the burden of illnesses and the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, where direct costs are associated with health care system utilization, and indirect costs are associated with productivity and benefits to the economy.

Dollars and Sense 2017: Using Health Economics to Inform Policy (part 2)

November 30, 2017
In this two-part webinar series, Dr. Thy Dinh will provide an overview of the key concepts in health economics and demonstrate how health economics can be used to answer difficult health policy questions, now and in the future. Thy will describe several unique approaches used by The Conference Board to estimate burden of illness, the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, return-on-investment, and the benefits of "scaling-up" existing or pilot interventions to different or larger populations. Don’t miss this chance to hear about recent applications of several macroeconomic approaches to answer difficult health policy questions. Participants will also learn about resources that could be used by researchers, policy analysts, and public health practitioners who may not have the capacity or need to conduct full health economic evaluations.

Improving Home Care Standards: An Innovative Approach to a National Challenge

June 27, 2017
In this 60-minute webinar Lisa Ashley and Artem Safarov will share the journey and outcomes of this innovative work, answering the question, what actions are required to ensure a national home care program that enables patients to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions, and live out ones’ final days in their own homes?

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Webinar Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand

July 5, 2017
This 45-minute webinar examines the current role of nurses in continuing care, leverages The Conference Board of Canada’s 2015 report Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast.

Expanding Pharmacy Services in Canada: Measuring the Opportunity

July 12, 2017
This 60-minute webinar examines the value of expanding selected community pharmacy services and presents key opportunities for optimizing community pharmacy by leveraging the Conference Board of Canada’s 2017 report The Value of Expanded Pharmacy Services in Canada and 2017 briefing Getting the Most out of Community Pharmacy: Recommendations for Action.

Innovation in Cardiovascular Disease Management: The Impact of PCSK9 Inhibitors

July 19, 2017 
In this 60-minute webinar, Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin will present key findings of the 2017 Conference Board of Canada report Reducing Cardiovascular Disease in Canada: The Impact of PCSK9 Inhibitors in High-Risk Populations.

Stretched Too Thin: The Demand for Physiotherapy Services in Canada

August 2, 2017
In this 60-minute webinar, Greg Sutherland will present the third and final briefing in the series, and will examine the demand for physiotherapy services for seniors, using an approach that integrates the use of rehabilitation services in long-term care and homecare and provide recommendations for action from a variety of perspectives.

The Market Profile of Physiotherapists in Canada is the second briefing in a three-part series. The first report, The Role of Physiotherapy in Canada: Contributing to a Stronger Health Care System, provides an understanding of the role of physiotherapists within the Canadian health care system.

Stopping Sedentary School Kids: Getting Kids to Move More and Sit Less

December 8, 2016
Join Dr. Thy Dinh as she discusses school-based physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions that are cost-effective and could be scaled across Canada based on literature from Canada and internationally.

Changing Healthcare for the Better: Lessons from Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist

May 30, 2016
Join William Charnetski, The Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario, as he explores the current work of the OCHIS, and how the health system might change in the years to come.

Transforming Healthcare Technology for an Aging Population: Quality Living in the Golden Years

May 26, 2016
Join Dr. Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director of AGE-WELL as he explores leading edge research that focuses on the use of artificial intelligence, computer visioning, and voice recognition to support older people and those living with disabilities in their daily lives. An internationally recognized senior scientist, Dr. Mihailidis will share the latest advances in aging research, and discuss how to use technology in helping support the Canadian aging population to ensure that all Canadians can grow older with dignity and grace.

The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre

April 26, 2016
Join us for The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre. In this webinar, Dr. Trevor Jamieson will discuss the concept of the patient as the care hub. He will also discuss the role of the Women’s College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) in this system transformation. Dr. Jamieson will explore how all stakeholders—patient, clinician, innovator, institution, industry player or other catalyst—can help this patient-centric vision of health powered by virtual care to become a reality.

The Future of Canada’s Health Care Supply Chain: Value-Based Procurement

February 11, 2016
Join Dr. Gabriela Prada as she explores value-based procurement, and explains how the model represents a shift from traditional procurement approaches that focused on cost-containment, and instead seeks value beyond cost minimization.

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