Health Policy Dialogues


The Institute of Health Economics, in partnership with numerous other organizations, regularly hosts small invitational policy dialogues with visiting speakers and Alberta stakeholders to engage in policy dialogues on important topics relevant to Alberta health system priorities. Most of these events are conducted under Chatham House rules and deliberations are confidential, but where possible and appropriate we share the formal presentations.


2017 Speakers

Dr. Chris Henshall, Honorary Professor in the Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University; Independent Health, Research & Innovation Policy Consultant

December 4, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

What approaches has England taken to promote research that will improve health system efficiency and outcomes and wealth generation through the life sciences?

Dr. Chris Henshall profile picDr. Chris Henshall works as an independent consultant, advising governments and public and private sector organizations on health, research, and innovation policy. He has worked previously for the Health Promotion Research Trust, the UK Medical Research Council, and the Department of Health and NHS in England. As Deputy Director of R&D for the Department and NHS, he was involved in establishing many of the components of what is now the National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR), including the NHS R&D Programme and R&D Budget, and the involvement of patients in NHS and other health research in the UK. He was also a member of the team that established the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Dr. Henshall is an Honorary Professor at Brunel University, a past member of the Board of Directors of Alberta Innovates and the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, and serves on a range of other national and international groups and committees. He was the Founding President of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) and Chair of the HTAi Policy Forum and the Asian HTA Policy Forum, both of which he inaugurated.


Jenney Samuelson, Vermont Blueprint for Health Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP)

October 27, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Creating the Conditions for Moving Care to the Community: Learning from the Vermont Experience

Jenney Samuelson profile picJenney Samuelson leads the Vermont Blueprint for Health Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP), which consists of a team of thirteen highly trained practice facilitators who assist over one hundred adult, family, and pediatric primary care practices to implement continuous quality improvement. In addition, Ms. Samuelson oversees the statewide implementation of the Blueprint community-based self-management programs, including six evidence-based programs: the Stanford Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, and Diabetes Self-management Programs; the Vermont Tobacco Quit in Person Tobacco Program; Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP); and the YMCAs Diabetes Prevention Program. Before joining the Blueprint, Ms. Samuelson administered diverse community and statewide public health programs, including leading a four-county health careers workforce development program, quality improvement with health systems to support tobacco cessation in primary care practices, and directing the State of Vermont’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

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Dr. Des Gorman, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland; Executive Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand

September 25, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Hosted in partnership with the O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Matching the supply of doctors with Alberta's needs

Des Gorman profile picDr. Des Gorman is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. From 2005 to 2010 inclusive, he was the Head of the School of Medicine of that university.

He has a BSc, MBChB, and MD degree from the University of Auckland, as well as a PhD from the University of Sydney. The two doctorates were awarded for in-vivo research into brain injuries. Dr. Gorman’s primary interests are: health system design and funding, health workforce planning and development; and, from a clinical perspective, brain injury, diving medicine, occupational medicine, and toxicology. He has more than 250 publications.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Accident Compensation and Rehabilitation Corporation, and is the Executive Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand, as well as being a member of the Capital Investment Committee of the Ministry of Health. He was a member of the Government’s welfare working group, whose report led to a reform of the New Zealand welfare system. Dr. Gorman is currently overseeing or is involved in health reforms in a number of different jurisdictions.

He has served in both the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. During his service in the former, he trained as both a submariner and as a diver.

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