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The Conference Board of Canada is a Canadian hub for health research and knowledge dissemination. We build on solid partnerships across the public, private, not-for-profit, and volunteer sectors to lead collaborative strategic initiatives in service of improving the health of populations and organizations, and supporting the sustainability of our health care system with a focus on meaningful patient outcomes.

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Recent releases

Health care cost drivers in Canada: Pre-and post-COVID-19

Although the precise economic and financial toll of COVID-19 on the economy remains uncertain and depends on how long the crisis lasts, Canada’s health care system is already experiencing significant change and will likely continue to do so over the longer term.

Impact paper  |  55-min read
October 30, 2020

Introduction to the Health Solutions by Shoppers Chronic Condition Calculator

This calculator provides employers of all sizes with a user-friendly way to examine their organization’s estimated chronic disease costs related to mental health and cardiovascular illness. Through early intervention and effective treatment, the negative impact of mental illness and cardiovascular disease can be mitigated.

Commentary  |  4-min read
October 29, 2020

How has COVID-19 impacted Canadians’ mental health?

Between April 27 and May 15, 2020, we conducted a mental health pulse-check and received responses from 1,804 Canadians. We looked at the pro-social, at-risk, and help-seeking coping strategies they used.

Online experience—June 23, 2020

Optimizing outcomes during COVID-19: The urgent need for data sharing

COVID-19 is placing unprecedented stress on the Canadian healthcare system. Healthcare providers and policy makers are struggling to ensure that they can make the right decisions to minimize mortality for Canadians in the face of demand will far exceed capacity. Realtime data is required urgently in all domains of the healthcare system in order to evaluate the impact of policies and care protocols.

Free recorded webinar—April 3, 2020

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How building a mental fitness plan can facilitate prosocial coping skills

A mental fitness plan can reduce your risk of experiencing a mental health challenge, developing an addictive disorder, or engaging in at-risk activities to cope with stress.

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The time to fix long-term care in Canada is now

The COVID-19 crisis has drawn attention to the inconsistent regulations, low standards of care, and poor working conditions in Canadian long-term care facilities.

Blog—June 24, 2020

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Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19’s Impact on Canadians’ Mental Health

The Conference Board of Canada and the Mental Health Commission of Canada conducted a survey to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Eighty-four per cent of responders reported that their mental health concerns have worsened since the onset of COVID-19.

Issue briefing

Accessing Diabetes medications: A Pan-Canadian analysis of patient experiences

Medicines are a key component of a range of therapeutic interventions that Canadians use to prevent, manage, and cure health conditions. Patients living with diabetes depend on access to evidence-based, individualized treatments to maintain and improve their health outcomes, reduce complications, and increase their overall quality of life and lifespan.

Report

Accessing necessary arthritis medications: A pan-Canadian analysis

Arthritis is a grouping of more than 100 forms of degenerative and autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Together, these conditions affect nearly one in five Canadian adults—some 6 million people. While arthritis becomes more common at older ages, over half of Canadians with arthritis are younger than 65.

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Upcoming events

Coping with disruption: Safeguarding our Mental Health in the age of COVID-19

Many of us have been challenged in ways we never thought imaginable, especially when it comes to navigating the wide range of feelings and disruptions to our daily lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This instinctive survival-mode can short-circuit our capacity for cooperation, erode confidence in our ability to adapt, and disrupt our sense of safety and meaning.

Webinar
December 7, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT

Mental Health in the Capital 2021

Disability claims for mental health issues have become a top concern for Canadian employers. Organizations have adopted mental wellness strategies to help employees thrive and to protect psychological safety … but how effective are these strategies?

Conference
March 30–31, 2021  |  Ottawa

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Virtual Mental Health Training

Mental Health training is an essential component of any wellness strategy, but what exactly is mental health training? When reviewing mental health training options, some questions to consider include: has the course been evaluated and is it right for you? Join Mental Health Commission of Canada, Training and Delivery Specialists for The Working Mind, and mental Health First Aid to discuss mental health training options.

Free webinar
January 19, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

Featured researcher

Monika Slovinec D’Angelo

Director, Health

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Cost of chronic conditions

This estimate, in partnership with Heath Solutions by Shoppers Drug Mart, is powered by a cost model developed by The Conference Board of Canada. It calculates the annual aggregated costs related to common chronic conditions in the workplace (depression, anxiety disorder, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and obesity).

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Custom Research

Address questions or evaluations about workplace health and safety, and health care innovation.

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