Want to better understand how the health and social systems work and how you can better advocate for changes that would improve these systems for you and your family? Enhance your knowledge with one of our free courses for citizens:

Finding and using research evidence: A guide for citizens

In this free online course, you’ll be provided with solutions to overcome the most commonly cited frustrations people have when trying to access research evidence. Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of eight videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Understanding how to navigate the health system

Knowing how your health system works will better you to navigate the system, identify opportunities to make things better, and advocate for changes that you’d like to see. This free online course describes the 'building blocks' of Ontario’s health system as well as how those building blocks are used to provide care in the province in different ways (e.g., by sector, condition, treatment, population). While Ontario is the example, these principles are useful to understanding health systems other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.

Prepared by the McMaster Health Forum with support from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, the course is now available online as a set of six videos:

Here are helpful resources that are drawn on in the course:

Don’t miss the most important resource for citizen-targeted evidence about healthy aging:

Masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum’s masterclass was designed to prepare future champions for the conduct and use of patient-oriented research and future mentors to others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research. While we are not currently planning any Masterclass sessions, you can access all of the course material to learn more about patient-oriented research.

Virtual masterclass on patient-oriented research

The Forum and its collaborators are pleased to be hosting a ‘virtual’ version of the masterclass on the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system. All sessions will be conducted online using Webex. Learn more and register.

Forum Director John Lavis renewed as Tier 1 CRC in Evidence-Support Systems

Jul 12, 2022, 09:21 AM
John Lavis has recently been renewed as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC).
John Lavis has recently been renewed as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC).
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John Lavis, Director of the McMaster Health Forum and a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, has recently been renewed as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC). His CRC in Evidence-Support Systems will enable him to continue assessing and identifying ways to strengthen how government policymakers organize themselves to make evidence-informed decisions. He and his research team are also creating and evaluating networks to support decision-making and developing and evaluating innovative evidence products and processes. The McMaster Health Forum team continues to address both urgent issues (like the COVID-19 response) and long-standing ones that affect Canada’s health and social systems. Ultimately, this research will shape future efforts to ensure that governments use the best available research evidence to address policy and system challenges.

Tier 1 Chairs, which are held for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers who are considered world leaders in their fields. The chair is worth $200,000 a year for seven years.

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