Top Down vs. Community-Driven: Indigenous Health Policy In Canada
When: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 9am-12pm
Where: Franklin Lew Forum, Allard School of Law, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC. A campus map and parking information is located on the UBC website.
Dr. Shannon Waters and Dr. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest will share their extensive experience with the development and implementation of Indigenous health policy in Canada. Presenters will discuss the roles of traditional knowledge, politics, community-driven approaches and research & surveillance in the development of Indigenous health programming and Indigenous health policy at federal and provincial levels. As Indigenous peoples reclaim their health, and with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care (the Romanow Report), the presenters will discuss the complexities that arise when efforts are made to incorporate multiple voices in the creation of Indigenous health policy from the grassroots level.
|Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest, PhD is the director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining JHU in 2013, PG Forest was the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian institution supporting policy innovation and the dissemination of actionable research results. After an academic career at Université Laval, where he taught public policy and public management, PG Forest was appointed in 2002 to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair with Health Canada, the federal department of health, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006). As the principal scientific advisor to the Minister of Health, PG Forest was accountable for the quality and integrity of the scientific and regulatory research conducted by the department. PG Forest holds adjunct professorships with the School of Public Health, Université de Montreal, and the National School for Public Administration (Quebec). He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008. Dr. Forest received his MA from Université Laval and PhD from Université de Montreal.|
|Shannon Waters, MD, MHSc, FRCPC is Coast Salish and a member of Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She completed the First Nations Family Practice Program at the University of British Columbia and was honoured to work as a family doctor close to her home in Duncan, BC. After 2 years in family practice Shannon returned to school and completed her specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. For 4 years she worked as the Director of Health Surveillance at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and then more recently at First Nations Health Authority as the Acting Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island Region. Shannon is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.