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Welcome to the Health Innovation Blog! The intention of this blog is provide a platform for staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas to address health system challenges and gaps.

The views expressed in these blogs are the opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.


Mar 20, 2020

Impact of Natural Disasters on Mental Health: A Call to Action

One of the less talked about realities of climate change is it's impact on mental health. As natural disasters and extreme weather events intensify around the world, we need to broaden the conversation of what it means to be fully prepared for these situations.
Nov 1, 2019

The Best Mental Health A Man Can Get

It's Movember! This annual campaign/event focuses on men's health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. Our blog post this month discusses traditional ideas of masculinity and the role this plays in male mental illness and reduced help-seeking behaviours.
Aug 6, 2019

How to cultivate capabilities and skills?

This is Part 3 of 3 on strategic readiness for the value-based healthcare movement. Dr. David Barrett discusses what leaders, physicians, and industry professionals can do to prepare themselves for the future of healthcare in Canada.
Jul 30, 2019

What is the keystone to designing a value delivery system?

This is Part 2 of 3 about Strategic Readiness. Dr. David Barrett discusses what the role of leadership and managerial capabilities in the success of implementing a value-based healthcare approach.
Jul 22, 2019

The pursuit of value: Where are we going?

This is Part 1 of 3 about Strategic Readiness. Dr. David Barrett examines strategic readiness and what it takes to prepare to lead in a value-based healthcare organization. Check back next Monday for Part 2 of this 3-part blog post!
May 7, 2019

From reactive to proactive: Examining the rise of chronic disease on a global scale

Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, surpassing infectious disease. Read more about the difference in approach to chronic disease prevention and management in Canada, Australia and Tanzania.
Apr 11, 2019

Dated and deficient: How Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is perpetuating inequalities beyond the classroom

The dated Ontario sexual education curriculum does not give today’s youth the relevant information they need to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life. LGBTQ youth show higher rates of sexual risk behaviours, yet the school-based sex-ed they are receiving is inadequate.
Mar 12, 2019

Women’s experiences with intimate partner violence and healthcare in rural environments

Women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) differ person to person and between urban and rural contexts. In this blog post we hear from Dr. Tara Mantler who brings a unique perspective to IPV experienced in rural settings, specifically in relation to women’s access to health services.
Feb 13, 2019

The politics surrounding the Canadian opioid crisis

Given the recent election, Doug Ford’s controversial reforms have been hard to overlook. With last year seeing opioid overdose fatalities exceeding 4,000 Canadian citizens, the halting of safe-injection sites has created a public panic surrounding the urgency to prioritize the opioid epidemic.
Feb 4, 2019

Harnessing technology to improve mental healthcare

The Canadian Business Frontiers conference convened Canada’s top leaders across finance, energy, health and government sectors to discuss the impact of technological disruption on Canadians.