Upcoming Events

One Society Network webinar series (February to June 2022)

One Society Network Seminars

The One Society Network (OSN) is offering introductory seminars that give an overview of the dynamic connections between pandemics, like COVID-19, and diverse aspects of society.

These seminars will explore the comprehensive impacts of pandemics and pandemic response on some key sectors of the economy and population subgroups, including the environment, education, agriculture and marginalized populations, among others.



  • To share knowledge and methods that incorporate the One Society approach to pandemic evaluation.
  • To support the development of researchers who can provide One Society analyses to complement public policymaking in future pandemics.
  • To encourage collaboration amongst researchers across Canada, by building capacity in interdisciplinary pandemic research.


Upcoming Seminars

Location: Online Duration: 1 hour Time: 2:00 pm Mountain Time


Seminar dates and topics: Please use the following link to register for one or more seminars: click here to register!

We would appreciate if you can share this series with your networks, affiliated organizations and other interested researchers.

Past seminars will be recorded and posted online at onesocietynetwork.ca/past-events, shortly after the live viewing.


Next Seminar - Mar 10th, 2022:

Title: Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Economic Outcomes within the Health Care Sector

Presenters: Ellen Rafferty, PhD, Health Economist, Institute of Health Economics & Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Danica Wolitski, MA, Health Economist, Institute of Health Economics, Alberta.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant shifts within health care systems worldwide. The consequences of these shifts in Canada will be felt both within the health sector and in the broader economy for years to come. A few common examples include health care worker labor shortages, delayed procedures, reallocation of health care funds (e.g., increase in ICU beds) and the switch to virtual care. In this seminar we will present the early results of a scoping review that seeks to map the links between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic outcomes within the health care sector, and the impact of those changes on the broader economy in Canada. We will outline how gaps in the literature, identified by the scoping review, are informing the design of the One Society Network Health Care team’s research linking epidemiologic and economic models from a health care perspective, to capture the wider impacts of pandemic control strategies.

Presenter Bios:

Ellen Rafferty

Ellen Rafferty’s research focuses on the epidemiologic and economic impact of public health policies and infectious diseases, such as estimating the cost-effectiveness of immunization programs. As a Co-investigator and Project Manager of the One Society Network she is working to incorporate an intersectoral perspective into pandemic response. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Economics, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan.


Danica Wolitski

Danica Wolitski is interested in multidisciplinary research, particularly in the links between epidemiology and economics. She is a Health Economist at the Institute of Health Economics and a Trainee on the OSN Health Care research team. She has a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Alberta.



Mar 24, 2022: Transportation sector

Apr 7, 2022: Interprovincial Response

Apr 21, 2022: Education sector

May 5, 2022: Agriculture sector

May 19, 2022: Marginalized Populations

Jun 2, 2022: Mathematical Modelling & Epidemiology


Note: *The title and abstract for each seminar will be updated in the weeks leading up to the seminar. *The views expressed in this OSN series are not necessarily representative of any organization involved.

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