On January 22nd, GSL Associate Director Patrick Fafard and Research Associate Adèle Cassola led a webinar titled ‘Senior Public Health Leadership in Canada: A Multi-dimensional Challenge’ as part of the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC)’s Research, Education and Practice series. The presentation discussed GSL’s research on the institutional design of the Chief Public Health Officer/Chief Medical Officer of Health position at the federal and provincial levels. This ongoing project draws on document reviews, analyses of legislation, and in-depth interviews to understand how the design of the role shapes incumbents’ institutional capacity to advance public health goals. The presentation highlighted the findings of two recent GSL publications: ‘Contested roles of Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health’, which was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, and ‘The loss of that which never was: Evaluating changes to the senior management of the Public Health Agency of Canada’, which was published in Canadian Public Administration.
January 22, 2019