2018 in review - McMaster Health Forum | Forum+

The new year is off to a busy start, but we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the many highlights from 2018. During the past year, the Forum:

The Forum also helped policymakers, stakeholders, citizens, students and researchers to:

  • learn how to make more evidence-informed decisions or how to support others in doing so by having:
    • trained more than 1,300 policymakers, stakeholders, researchers and students through our Learn how program, which offers both online and face-to-face learning opportunities
    • hosted ten webinars in our ’Top Ten’ series, featuring insights into health and social systems, evidence-informed policymaking, and a range of key health and social issues
    • expanded the reach of our Queen Elizabeth Scholars from a focus on health systems to now include both health and social systems, and supported the first three of our scholars in this new program
    • engaged five Queen Elizabeth Scholars in Strengthening Health Systems to reach a total of 60 scholars supported since 2015 and create lasting impacts on health systems both at home and abroad
  • find evidence about pressing issues by having:
    • provided advanced features to the over 13,000 registered users for Health System Evidence - the world’s most comprehensive source of synthesized research evidence about how to strengthen health systems and get the right programs, services and drugs to those who need them
    • responded, through our Rapid Response program, to 21 time-sensitive requests from policymakers and stakeholders for evidence about health- and social-system issues
    • continued to add new content to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (and the French-language Portail sur le vieillissement optimal de McMaster) and expanded its focus to include the social aspects of aging (such as civic engagement, consumer protection, and transportation)
  • spark action by having convened six citizen panels and five stakeholder dialogues on pressing health and social challenges, such as rapid-learning health systems, transitions from cancer treatment to primary- and community-supports, and addressing gambling-related harms

We continued to engage with a diverse array of individuals and organizations, reaching more than 3,700 followers through @McMasterForum on Twitter and expanded our engagement with supporting handles focused on health and social systems (@forumHSS handled by John Lavis), low- and middle-income country health systems (@forumLMIC handled by Kaelan Moat) and Canadian health systems (@forumCDNhealth handled by Francois-Pierre Gauvin).

Thank you to all our partners and supporters for making 2018 such a success. We look forward to building on these accomplishments in 2019!