The Canada We Want in 2020 Speaker Series: Confronting the crisis in public health

May 28, 2013

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

Background reading:


Featured Participants

Alex Munter

President and CEO, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Panelist

Alexis Williams

Director, Health and Wellness at Loblaw Companies Ltd. Panelist

Melody Barnes

Vice Provost, NYU and former White House Director of Domestic Policy under President Barack Obama Panelist

Rodney Ghali

Senior Director, Public Health Agency of Canada Panelist

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  1. Hello!
    Just to clarify – it says registration will open in April 2012. Is that a typo – is it supposed to say April 2013?

    Thanks for your response!


  2. Hi there,

    I received notification of this event from the course coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management at the University of Ottawa.

    As a final project for one of my epidemiology courses, I made an 8 minute video on changes in health perception on both the individual and population levels, as well as ultimately finding a definition for “Health” in general.

    I also sent the video to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, the Minister of Health, for viewing because I think it is important for young people (and all people) to become more interested in the concept of Health. I am not sure whether it will be of interest to the event, but you will be able to find it under the website link attached.

    Either way I am looking forward to attending the event.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Colbran Marjerrison

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