To provide practical information and expertise on the use of key databases for public health planning, evaluation, and research.
- To increase awareness of, and expertise in available data sources relevant to public health in Ontario.
- To share, discuss, and learn about innovative ways to use key databases.
- To provide a forum for public health professionals to present unique ways in which they have managed or used health information for program planning, evaluation and research.
- To provide an opportunity to find out about new and emerging health-related data sources.
- To exchange ideas, and make recommendations for action, about the issues, concerns, challenges and future of health-related secondary data in public health.
- To provide networking opportunities for epidemiologists and other public health professionals.
Jan Hux MSc, MD, SM, FRCPC
Dr. John Frank
Dr. John Frank was Director of Canada’s largest Master’s of
Public Health training program from 1983 to 1989, at the University of
Toronto, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Public
Health Sciences. He was the founding Director of Research at the
Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 until 1997, and is
currently a Senior Scientist there.
Dr. Frank was a Scholar, and then a Fellow, with the Canadian
Institute for Advanced Research Population Health Program, from 1987 to
2004. As a physician-epidemiologist, with special expertise in
prevention, his main areas of interest are the biopsychosocial
determinants of health status at the population level, and health in
John Frank’s varied research interests are reflected in over
190 publications over the last 20 years. In December 2000, he was
appointed Inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health.
Dr. Jan Hux is a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical
Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a general internist at Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre, both in Toronto. She is an associate professor in the
departments of Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at
the University of Toronto. She holds degrees in medicine from Toronto
and epidemiology from Harvard.
Her research interests include: health services research in
diabetes mellitus and interventions to improve drug use in primary care.
Dr Hus has recently been appointed as the Interim President and CEO of
Dr. Alison Macpherson is a new investigator and an Assistant
Professor at York University and an adjunct scientist at the Institute
for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She received her Master’s degree from
McGill University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. She has a
long-standing interest in childhood injury research. Her research
interests include bicycle-related injuries, pedestrian injuries, and
health service utilization related to childhood injuries.
Dr. Richard Davies
Dr. Davies obtained his PhD in Physiological Psychology at
McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1976 and his MD from
McGill in 1980. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of
Toronto, Cardiology at the Ottawa Heart Institute, and Clinical
Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Davies is a Cardiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart
Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He led
the Heart Institute's participation in several landmark clinical trials,
including the Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial, the Digitalis
Investigators Group (DIG) Study, and the Asymptomatic Cardiac Ischemia
Pilot (ACIP) study.
His research interests include the effects of exercise training
on thrombosis and myocardial ischemia in patients with coronary artery
disease, and the use of information technology to develop high quality
clinical databases to improve the delivery of health care. Dr. Davies’
clinical interests include secondary prevention of coronary heart
disease, and the care of patients with congestive heart failure.
Michael Whelan began working for the Ontario Ministry of Health
after completing his Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Queen’s
University. After joining the Ministry he has was involved in influenza
and respiratory infection outbreak surveillance and the PHERO
publication. Most recently Michael has been actively engaged in the
development of the reporting model for retrieving iPHIS data using
Sarah Knox is the Senior Information Management Consultant for
the Ontario Midwifery Program, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
In her work for the ministry, Sarah has a focus on maternal-newborn
data collection and reporting. Sarah also has special interests in
privacy issues and legislation and the development of a universal health
record. Sarah is the author of The Midwifery Option: A Canadian Guide
to the Birth Experience (Harper Collins, 2003).
Since 2000, Wendy has been the Coordinator of the Ontario
Midwifery Program, the ministry unit responsible for funding, policy and
integration of midwifery into Ontario's health system. She has also
been seconded this past year to manage the Ontario Maternity Care Expert
Panel for the Ontario Women's Health Council. Wendy was a practicing
midwife in Ontario from 1988 to 2000 and maintains an active interest in
maternity care and women's health policy and research.
Ian leads the Health Practice for PSTG Consulting out of their
Toronto office. He has over sixteen years of health care leadership
experience that includes working for a provincial cancer agency and
academic health science centers in Canada as well as consulting to
governments, banks and health services organizations in Canada, South
America and Africa. Ian's recent work has been focused on the
development and implementation of e-Health strategies within public
health, community care and acute care sectors across Canada and within
several emerging countries. Ian is currently in the role of Executive
Lead for Public Health Information and Information Technology within the
Public Health Division of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Dr. Eric Holowaty