Research informing policy: How to make an impact

Doors open 4:00 p.m.
Lecture starts 4:30 p.m.
Reception 5:30 p.m.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Mieke Koehoorn
Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia

British Columbia and Ontario have been national leaders in funding research on worker health protection and in using research evidence to strengthen public policy. From her perspective as the Director of the Partnership for Work, Health & Safety at the University of British Columbia, Dr Koehoorn will share examples of the contribution of research to informing regulatory and compensation policy in worker health protection in British Columbia. The research partnership between WorkSafeBC (BC’s Workers’ Compensation Board) and the University of British Columbia focuses on current and emerging issues in work-related health in British Columbia. The partnership has a focus on advancing the use of routinely collected administrative data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public programs. Dr Koehoorn will draw from this unique experience in British Columbia to share some lessons learned about high impact collaborations between research and policy.

About presenter

Mieke Koehoorn is a professor in the School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on current and emerging issues in occupational health, the surveillance and epidemiology of occupational injury/disease, and the evaluation of worker health protection programs and policies. She is the Director of the Partnership for Work, Health & Safety, funded by WorkSafeBC. Dr Koehoorn holds a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work & Health and is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

About the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

The annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture honours the significant contribution of Dr. Alf Nachemson to the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making. Dr. Nachemson was a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher from Sweden, and a founding member of the Institute for Work & Health’s Scientific Advisory Committee.  The lectureship is awarded to a prominent national or international individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to evidence-based practice or policy-making in the prevention of work-related injury, illness or disability.