• McMaster Public Health Student-Led Conference

    Friday, November 22, 2019

  • What is the MPHSLC?

    The McMaster Public Health Student-Led Conference (MPHSLC) is an annual conference held by students in the Masters of Public Health graduate program at McMaster University. The conference is an opportunity for students in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact to showcase their research, network with public health professionals, and acquire new skills and knowledge through breakout sessions and presentations.

     

    Public health practice in the twenty-first century is in a state of significant flux. As such, the theme for this year’s MPHSLC is “Facing The Future: What’s Next For Public Health?” Its aim is to provide students, professionals, academics, community organizations, and policymakers with a space to come together to critically discuss developments in the field of public health as well as emerging public health issues. We have an obligation to respond to these new developments and circumstances and this conference is the first step to becoming informed.

     

    We will be addressing the topics outlined below.

  • Gun Violence

    Social Prescribing

    Environmental Health

    Youth Mental Health

    Artificial Intelligence

    Health-System Changes

  • Registration and Abstract Submissions

     

    Registration and Abstract Submissions are now closed. We will see everyone on November 22, 2019.

  • Conference Agenda

    McMaster Innovation Park | November 22nd, 2019 10 AM-3:30 PM

     

    9:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Refreshments and Registration

    10:00 AM to 10:15 AM - Opening Remarks

    10:15 AM to 11:15 AM - Keynote Address

    11:30 AM to 12:45 PM - Interactive Sessions

    12:45 PM to 1:45 PM - Lunch and Poster Session

    1:50 PM to 2:50 PM - Breakout Speaker Sessions

    3:00 to 3:30 PM - Closing Ceremony

  • Keynote Address

    "Healthy Public Policy or Wishful Thinking: Public Health Transformation in Ontario"

    Dr. Jessica Hopkins

    Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel Public Health

     

    Dr. Hopkins is the Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region and a previous Associate Medical Officer of Health in Hamilton and Niagara Region. She works as a family doctor and is an Assistant Professor (part-time) with the Department of Health Research Methods, Epidemiology, and Impact, McMaster University and Adjunct Lecturer with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Hopkins obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto in the field of Community Health and Epidemiology. She completed residencies in Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at McMaster.

  • Interactive Sessions

    Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of the following 4 sessions taking place from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM.

    “Measuring and Communicating the Inequalities in Population Health”

    Presented by: Hamilton Public Health Services

     

    Hamilton Public Health Services is a health agency that addresses public health issues such as immunization, screening, sexual health and much more. They work under public health’s mandate to measure and monitor the health of the population, including inequalities in population health.

     

    Session Details: This workshop will introduce ways to calculate and communicate health inequities. It will include a demo of the Equity Counts tool which allows public health professionals to explore large amounts of health equity data for decision making, specifically to identify priority populations who are disproportionately impacted across different health measures.

    “Social Prescribing: A New Spin To An Old Idea To Build Healthier and Connected Communities”

    Presented by: Alliance for Healthier Communities

     

    The Alliance for Healthier Communities is the voice of a vibrant network of community-governed primary health care organizations. Alliance members serve diverse communities across the province, and they are rooted in the communities they serve. Alliance advocates for increased focus, healthier public policy and a more effective, equitable and comprehensive primary health care system that addresses the determinants of health.

     

    Session Details: This workshop will discuss social prescribing, a specially structured way of referring people to a range of local, non-clinical services. This asset-based approach complements clinical treatments and seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It goes beyond treating illnesses. It recognizes people as not just patients with needs, but as community members with gifts to share, while supporting them to engage with and contribute back to their communities.

    “Guns, Gangs and Gavels”

    Presented by: Global Health Sim

     

    Global Health Sim is a movement committed to developing free open access resources for global health learning focusing on peace, global health, ethics, and humanitarianism. Global health issues, both locally and internationally, are some of the most complex concerns facing society. Through engaging role-playing simulations in-person and online, we work to help students and practitioners better understand these complexities.

     

    Session Details: "A fictitious town is overrun with violence, worsening mental health, substance abuse and chronic diseases." This simulation will address the impact of economic decline and gun violence on local public health. Participants will work together to identify and debate evidence-based approaches to the reduction of organized crime and homicide.

    “Fine line, Between the Body and the Mind”

    Presented by: Global Health Sim

     

    Global Health Sim is a movement committed to developing free open access resources for global health learning focusing on peace, global health, ethics, and humanitarianism. Global health issues, both locally and internationally, are some of the most complex concerns facing society. Through engaging role-playing simulations in-person and online, we work to help students and practitioners better understand these complexities.

     

    Session Details: "A fictitious town is recovering from civil war and there have been detrimental mental health consequences to its people and communities." This simulation will discuss how to grasp the challenges to addressing mental health needs in an unstable setting with competing priorities. Participants will work together to understand the tension in public health planning between physical and mental health, particularly in a low-resource setting.

  • Breakout Session Speakers

    Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of 3 breakout speaker sessions from 1:50 PM to 2:50 PM.

    Dr. Laura Rosella

    Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

     

    Laura Rosella, PhD, MHSc, is the Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the Population Health Analytics Lab. She is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Faculty Member in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and holds scientific appointments at ICES and Public Health Ontario. She also holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics. Her research interests include population health, population-based risk tools to support public health planning and public health policy. She has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of public health, public health policy, and health services research. She has been awarded several national grants including a CIHR Foundation scheme grant in support of her population health analytics research program and New Frontiers in Research Fund grant to advance the application of machine learning methods for studying multiple chronic diseases. Notably, Dr. Rosella was recently awarded the Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiology Award by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Her research has been featured by Forbes, Newsweek, Reuters, CBC, CTV, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star.

     

    Along with Dr. Wodchis, Dr. Rosella will be speaking about “Surveillance, Prediction and Precision Public Health and The Use of Artificial Intelligence For Improving Population Health.”

    Dr. Walter Wodchis

    Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

     

    Walter Wodchis, PhD, is a Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science at the Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners. His main research interests are health economics and financing and health care policy evaluation. Through his research programs which include more than 30 collaborating researchers and as many trainees, Dr. Wodchis has led several studies examining complex needs of high cost patient groups, the implementation of integrated care programs to address those needs, and evaluations for a number of integrated care programs in Ontario.

     

    Along with Dr. Rosella, Dr. Wodchis will be speaking about “Surveillance, Prediction and Precision Public Health and The Use of Artificial Intelligence For Improving Population Health.”

    Dr. Kathy Georgiades​

    Offord Centre for Child Studies

     

    Kathy Georgiades holds the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Her research seeks to improve childrens’ mental health at a population level by identifying strategies to reduce social inequalities in mental health and access to effective mental health services and supports. Her research maintains a particular focus on immigrant and refugee children and the school context as an optimal setting for intervention efforts. Kathy is the co-lead on the Ontario Child Health Study and the School Mental Health Surveys.

     

    Along with Laura Duncan, Dr. Georgiades will be speaking about “Building Capacity for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Child and Youth Mental Health."

    Laura Duncan

    Offord Centre for Child Studies

     

    Laura Duncan is a PhD candidate in the Health Research Methodology program and Research Coordinator for the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study at McMaster University. She completed an M.A. in Sociology at McMaster University and worked as an Analyst for Statistics Canada before joining the Offord Centre for Child Studies. She works in the area of psychiatric epidemiology and her research focuses on the measurement and assessment of child and youth mental health, and child mental health service use, targeting and resource allocation. Laura has extensive experience completing secondary data analyses with large scale datasets.

     

    Along with Dr. Georgiades, Laura will be speaking about “Building Capacity for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Child and Youth Mental Health."

    Dr. Mark Loeb

    Infectious Disease Physician, McMaster University

     

    Dr. Loeb currently holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Health Research Methods, Impact, and at McMaster University. He is an Infectious Diseases physician and Medical Microbiologist trained in clinical epidemiology and hold the Michael G Degroote Chair in Infectious Diseases at McMaster University. He has led randomized controlled trials to improve antibiotic use and along with other colleagues at McMaster has led efforts to update the list of antibiotics in the Essential List of Medicines.

     

    Dr. Loeb will be speaking about “Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance: A Public Health Challenge."

  • Past Conferences

    Check out the itineraries and additional details from previous conferences.

    2018 MPHSLC:

    In Our Community: Public Health Engagement

    In hopes of connecting students, academics, and policymakers with the Hamilton community, this conference created space for thought-provoking and enlightening conversations about how public health can work with different community partners to act on the health disparities in Hamilton, and how to integrate community feedback into the planning and delivering of public health initiatives.

     

    Please click here to see the delegate package for this conference which includes the full agenda, list of poster presenters, speaker biographies, sponsors, and planning team members.

  • Take a look at our impact report from the first inaugural - 2018 MPHSLC titled "In Our Community: Public Health Engagement."

  • Meet The 2019 Conference Planning Team

    Bindra Shah

    Co-Chair

    Bindra is a second year Master of Public Health student and a recent Bachelor of Medical Science graduate. With a strong interest in chronic disease prevention, she is passionate about promoting health & wellness and using health research data to develop evidence-based programs and services within the community. She recently completed her summer practicum working as a Health Promotion & Research Analyst at the Region of Waterloo Public Health. As Co-Chair for this year's conference, she is excited to continue her involvement with MPHSLC to help plan a campus-wide event that will increase engagement in the field of public health. She hopes that this conference will provide an opportunity for not just students, but also faculty members and community partners to all get together to explore critical issues in the field and foster an appreciation for interdisciplinary learning.

    Mishaal Ahmad Qazi

    Co-Chair

    Mishaal is a second year Master of Public Health student who completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster University. Her interests centre around improving culturally-responsive mental health services for migrant families, and informing healthcare policy to protect, support, and enhance their well-being. She also has an interest in program evaluation as a decision-making and planning tool. As Co-Chair, she is excited to be a part of the second MPHSLC because it is an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to communicate knowledge in an engaging and meaningful way outside of traditional channels.

    Alanna Miller

    Sessions Coordinator

    Alanna is a second year Master of Public Health student who graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Life Science. Currently, she is completing a Master’s thesis looking at the association between mobile dating app use and sexually transmitted infections and risky sexual behaviour in university students. Among many other interests, Alanna is interested in health promotion and infectious disease epidemiology. Alanna is very grateful and excited to be on the planning committee of this year’s student-led conference and is looking forward to fostering connections with other students, faculty, alumni and community organizations.

    Emily Winsor

    Promotions Coordinator

    Emily is a second year student in the Master of Public Health program and a recent graduate from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental health. She has recently completed a practicum placement at Public Health Ontario in the Environmental and Occupational Health department. She assisted with the Environmental Burden of Disease project which identifies 12 different environmental hazards and their associated disease burden for the province of Ontario. She developed a knowledge evaluation plan and drafted an analysis procedure to calculate final summary metrics for the project. Her interests lie in environmental epidemiology, vector-borne diseases and infectious disease epidemiology. Emily is excited to collaborate with the MPHSLC planning team and provide a forum for students to network and learn from the broader community.

    Katie David

    Finance Coordinator

    Katie David is a second year Master of Public Health student and is excited to take on the role as one of the finance coordinators for this years MPHSLC. She recently fulfilled her practicum with Peel Region Public Health where she worked on an environmental scan examining best healthy public policy practices. Some of Katie's interests include health promotion, global health, disease surveillance and outbreak management. Katie, along with Alessandra are responsible for developing and coordinating a funding strategy to support the initiatives for this years conference. Katie is looking forward to connect with and engage in discussion with students, faculty and community members about future health issues through a public health lens.
     

    Alessandra Andreacchi

    Finance Coordinator

    Alessandra is a second year Master of Public Health student at McMaster University and a graduate from the University of Toronto Mississauga with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology for Health Sciences. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis investigating the association between anthropometric measures of adiposity and healthcare utilization. She is excited to collaborate with the MPHSLC planning team as a finance coordinator in developing a funding strategy and securing sponsorship to support the delivery of this conference and it’s growth for future years. As a result, Alessandra is looking forward to strengthening the partnership between academics and local organizations so that evidence-informed public health strategies can be integrated into the community.

    Ayesha Asaf

    Outreach Coordinator

    Ayesha is a Master of Public Health student at McMaster University and is working towards a career in epidemiology. She is particularly interested in how social determinants of health can be addressed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. As an outreach coordinator, Ayesha will work with Shannon to help connect students with public health relevant organizations and community members.

     

    Shannon Leung

    Outreach Coordinator

    Shannon is a second year Master of Public Health Student and a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. Her interests include the social determinants of health, addressing health inequities in underserved populations, and mental health. She completed her practicum at Ottawa Public Health, where she developed and facilitated an anti-racism workshop for public health practitioners. As one of the outreach coordinators for this year’s conference, Shannon is looking forward to developing meaningful partnerships with local community organizations, faculty, and other students.
     

    Drashti Pete

    Logistics Coordinator

    Drashti is a second year Master of Public Health student who completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Drashti has completed her summer practicum in the Department of Family Medicine with Dr.Gina Agarwal. She is interested in pursuing a career in health innovation or chronic disease prevention and management. Drashti is excited to take on the role as logistics coordinator and work with her fellow classmates to put on the second MPHSLC conference. She hopes to engage in meaningful discussions about public health issues with other students, faculty and public health professionals.

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