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Join us from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for a Satellite Event Health xChange 2018, an evening of storytelling with PechaKucha. This year, Health xChange asks: How can we mobilize research evidence to make change in health policy or practice?  



6:00 - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration & Welcome Reception

 Welcome Remarks:
  • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
  • Elinor Wilson, Board Chair, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
 British Consulate-General Vancouver:
  • Nicole Davison, British Consul General in Vancouver

Reception Sponsor: British Consulate General Vancouver


7:30 - 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome by Conference Chair(s) and Hosts

  • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
  • Elinor Wilson, Board Chair, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
  • Bev Holmes, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (On behalf of co-hosts)

8:45 - 10:30 am

A Global View of Knowledge Exchange in Public Health Policy Making

 This distinguished opening panel will explore the use of evidence in public health policymaking in Canada, Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands to discover what’s working, what’s not, and what the trends, issues, and policy-related challenges are across jurisdictions and sectors.
 Facilitator: To Be Announced
  • Moriah Ellen, Senior Researcher, Gertner National Institute for Health Policy (Isreal)
  • Steve Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health (Canada)
  • Rosemary Rushmer, Teeside University (England)
  • Jantine Schuit, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University (Netherlands)
  • Sarah Thackway, Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, New South Wales Ministry of Health; Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales (Australia)

10:30 - 11:00 am

Break & Poster Viewing

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Panel: Critical Role of Evidence in a Public Health Emergency

 Declaring a public health emergency triggers a sequence of activities and protocols designed to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from whatever emergency has put public health at risk. Using a case-based approach, this session will look at the impact of a public health crisis on mobilizing evidence - how is evidence used, differences across jurisdictions, lessons learned, and whether the changes made during a crisis have an enduring effect.
 Facilitator: TBA
  • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
  • To Be Announced 
  • To Be Announced 
  • To Be Announced 

12:00 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions: Workshops and Oral Presentations

 Program Information - To Be Announced

2:20 - 2:45 pm

Break & Poster Viewing

2:45 - 4:05 pm

Concurrent Sessions: Workshops and Oral Presentations

 Program Information - To Be Announced

4:10 - 5:15 pm

Plenary: Why Doesn't Evidence Inform Policy Making Quite the Way we Hope?

 Facilitator: Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
 Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy in the Department of History and Politics at the University of Stirling (United Kingdom), will lead a provocative end-of-day session on what does and doesn’t work in evidence-informed policy making and why. This session will explore the conditions necessary for evidence to win the day, how policies on prevention rarely meet those conditions, and being realistic about the limitations or how far evidence will take us.

Dr. Cairney’s presentation will be followed by commentary from respondents and questions from the audience.

 Respondents: To Be Announced

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception


7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast & Welcome Day 2

8:30 - 9:15 am

Lightning Talks: Evidence to Action

 Dyads of researchers and decision makers take the main stage for five minutes each to share experiences in knowledge exchange intended to support the uptake of evidence in the decision making process.

9:15 - 10:00 am

Plenary: Changing the Narrative on Investment in Population and Public Health Research

 Facilitator: To Be Announced
 Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health (Canada)

10:00 - 10:30 am

Break & Poster Viewing

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary: How Healthy is Public Health Policy?

 What is healthy public policy both in terms of how it is developed and in the end result? This session will discuss the constraints on evidence-informed policy making for elected officials, bureaucrats, and service delivery organizations. Providing the right evidence, incenting the right decisions, managing conflicting Interests, and reaching consensus.
 Facilitator: Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC (PHABC)
 Opening Commentary:
  • Trevor Hancock, Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria (Canada)
  • Nadav Davidovitch, Director, School of Public Health, Ben Gurion University (Israel)
  • Colleen McGavin, Patient Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit (Canada)
  • Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health at Newcastle City Council, UK and Fuse (England)
  • Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BC Centre for Disease Control; Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia (Canada)

12:00 - 1:50 pm

Lunch & Final Keynote: If We Want More Evidence-Based Practice or Policy, We Need More Practice-based Evidence

 Facilitator: Marjorie MacDonald, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research
 Lawrence Green, University of California, San Francisco (USA)
As the evidence-based medicine movement evolved, it increasingly looked at population health questions of efficacy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Over time, the criteria of effectiveness have been stretched to include considerations of external validity. This has meant asking whether the practices from highly controlled and often randomized trials could be broadly applied in varied settings, circumstances and populations. Dr. Green will draw these historical threads together to bring us to the conclusion of this conference with questions and suggestions of how to improve the fit among policy, research evidence and practice. Further, how can policy do this without imposing impossible requirements and unrealistic criteria of effectiveness on the varied settings in which evidence and policy are applied?

1:50 - 2:00 pm

Closing Remarks