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4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health

Research evidence for healthy public policy:  Learning across jurisdictions and sectors

MAY 8 - 10, 2018


Protecting the health of their citizens and preventing illness is a fundamental priority for communities, regions and countries around the world. Most have plans in place to guide their efforts and good public policy is integral to the success of those plans.

As those working in the area know developing policies in public health is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider: competing priorities, constrained resources, intersectoral barriers, ideology, changing structure, public opinion, and increasingly complex problems for which solutions are not obvious.

Given these factors, what are the best ways to define how to structure the delivery, funding, and prioritizing of population and public health? Research evidence is an ideal foundation for good policy but more effort is needed to integrate all forms of evidence, including conflicting evidence, to support policymaking.

Fuse 2018 will focus on how best to produce, integrate and communicate research evidence to help develop and evaluate policies in public health. Together, we will explore the use of research evidence in public health policymaking from around the world to discover what’s working, what’s not, and what are the trends, issues, and policy-related challenges across jurisdiction and sectors.

There will be a focus on both the practice and the science behind using evidence to inform public health policies. Presentations from various jurisdictions will focus on five themes: 

  • Economic evidence
  • Practice-based evidence
  • Communicating evidence
  • Diversity in public health policy
  • Partnerships between researchers and policy makers

Within these themes, attention will be paid to cross-cutting issues such as public and community engagement, issues around data, public and patient involvement, inter-sectoral partnerships, complexity and impact of jurisdictional issues.

Who should attend

This conference will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, public health practitioners and other research users with an interest in public and population health. Participants will learn from keynote presentations, debate panels, abstract presentations and from each other about the impact of jurisdictional issues, challenges in data access, inter-sectoral partnerships, complexity and perspectives on the most effective ways of incorporating evidence into the process of policymaking.  

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), funded by the province of British Columbia, is BC's health research funding agency. MSFHR helps develop, retain and recruit the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs and adds to the knowledge economy.

Since its inception in 2001, MSFHR has been a key participant in BC's health research and life sciences ecosystem. The Foundation works as a trusted partner with government, the health research community and the health system to support better health outcomes through research and its translation into new treatments, cures, practices and solutions.



Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver robust research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities. Fuse is one of the five UK Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, it works hand-in-hand with the NHS, local and national government, voluntary and community sectors to help transform public health.

Fuse is one of eight academic centres of public health excellence in England making up the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR).



The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available for all British Columbians. The Ministry is responsible for provincial legislation and regulations related to health care, including the Medicare Protection Act and the Health Professions Act. The Ministry also directly manages a number of provincial programs and services, including the Medical Services Plan, which covers most physician services; PharmaCare, which provides prescription drug insurance; and the BC Vital Statistics Agency, which registers and reports on vital events such as a birth, death or marriage.



The Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) is a member-driven organization that provides leadership to promote health, well-being and social equity. Their mission is fulfilled through advocacy, collaboration, education and research. This work is done though the spectrum of public health practice, including prevention, promotion, protection and policy. Identified priorities are eliminating poverty; reducing health/socioeconomic inequities; addressing climate change and healthy environments; contributing to a sustainable, equitable economy; and preventing violence. The Board of Directors comprises public health leaders from various locales including Health Authorities, the Ministry of Health, post-secondary institutions, and the non-profit sector. Founded in 1953, PHABC is a voluntary, non-profit, non-government organization with close to 500 members.


Fuse 2018 - Advisory Committee

  • Chris Buse, Project Lead, Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Marisa Creatore, Assistant Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health
  • Moriah Ellen, Senior Lecturer in the Jerusalem College of Technology
  • Steven Hoffman, Director, Global Strategy Lab; Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health
  • Bev Holmes - Chair, President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Conference Co-Host
  • Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Marjorie MacDonald, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research
  • Kimberly Miller, Assistant Professor, Professional Practice in Knowledge Translation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Warren O’Briain, Executive Director for Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Government of BC Conference Co-Host
  • Rosemary Rushmer, Professor Emeritus, Knowledge Exchange & Public Health, Teeside University, UK Conference Co-Host
  • Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) Conference Co-Host
  • Hans van Oers, Chief Science Officer, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) Netherlands