While provinces work on the specifics of health system reform, the federal government has an opportunity to change the ethos behind health and wellness in Canada.
The focus of our second health panel was on the role of the federal government in catalyzing better public health outcomes, such as reducing obesity and related chronic conditions.
A key objective was to determine which policies yield real results and whether broad-brush or targeted approaches are the most effective.
Tuesday May 28, 2013
4:30 pm, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa
It is critical to deploy public health resources effectively. Many policy initiatives in this area appear full of promise, yet yield little in terms of behavioural change. Cognizant of this, our panel focused on identifying those interventions that evidence suggests will have the greatest overall impact on the health of our nation.
Click to watch video interviews with our panelists:
- Melody C. Barnes, Vice Provost, NYU and former White House Director of Domestic Policy under President Barack Obama
- Alex Munter, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
- Rodney Ghali, Director General of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada
- Alexis Williams, Director of Health and Wellness, Loblaw Companies Limited
- Canada 2020′s Background Paper ‘Confronting the crisis in public health’
- Canada 2020′s Issue Deck for the event. Click here.
- Government of Ontario’s Health Kids panel report ‘No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy’
- The ‘Let’s Move!’ childhood obesity report
- Key Canada facts (updated for 2012) from the OECD report ‘Obesity and the economics of prevention: Fit not fat’