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Health Innovation Blog

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.


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.
Dec 11, 2018

Kindness Cures: An innovative approach to reducing burnout in healthcare settings

Healthcare settings are often fast-paced and high-intensity, leading to increased stress and burnout for healthcare professionals. An innovative approach to combatting this poor mental health might centre around acts of kindness becoming a norm in healthcare settings.
Nov 13, 2018

Beyond the patch: A person-centred approach to behaviour change for smoking cessation

Smoking cessation has largely been viewed from a medical lens, but what if we took a more person-centred approach to combatting this behaviour? Read about how individuals talk themselves into smoking cessation behaviour change through motivational interviewing.
Oct 16, 2018

Nudge, Nudge

Nudge, nudge. Read about what drivers are making it hard for you to resist the temptation of unhealthy choices and how you can be unconsciously nudged into making better decisions.
Sep 20, 2018

Active Minds Western demands more, publishes mental health and wellness recommendations paper

Active Minds Western, the largest student-run mental health club on campus at Western University, is hoping to influence the University’s administration to put forth legislation, delegate resources and implement changes to make the campus environment more conducive to mental health and wellness.
Aug 13, 2018

Health sector supply chain strategy and management

Despite, the healthcare sector facing significant supply chain challenges, existing supply chain research efforts have had a limited focus on the health sector. Read about Ivey Health’s recent study on the benefits, challenges, and metrics of various supply chain models.