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Community Care and Health Human Resources: Informing Policy Action



Event Details

The CIHR Team in Community Care and Health Human Resources, in partnership with the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC), held its 2nd Annual Symposium on March 18, 2008, at Ryerson University.  This symposium was designed to share research results with community partners, researchers, and decision makers.  Its aim was to encourage conversation and knowledge exchange.


Date and Time

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 ~ 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Web Cast of the symposium is now available - [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ]



Follow this link to view the full-day agenda!



Speaker Presentations (in order of appearance)

Raisa Deber - Introduction

Paul Williams - Introduction

Andrea Baumann - Setting the Scene

Raisa Deber - Applying Labour Economics to Studying Health Human Resources: The Conceptual and Methodological Approach

Brenda Gamble - Developing Partnerships for Research

Mike Landry - Physiotherapists

Frieda Waisberg - Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses

Brenda gamble - Respiratory Therapists - Occupational Therapists

Andrea Baumann - Regulatory Framework

Paul William & Kerry Kuluski - Overview of Balance of Care Projects

Janet Lum, Jillian Watkins, & Alvin Ying - Balance of Care for Diverse Populations

Karen Spalding - Balance of Care for Children with Complex Care Needs

Stacey Daub - Impact on Policy: Community Partners, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre

Janice Paul - Impact on Policy: Community Partners, Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More




The CIHR Team, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, directed by Raisa Deber and co-directed by A. Paul Williams, is a partnership between researchers (at University of Toronto, Ryerson, Michener, and McMaster) and community organizations to address the need for better evidence concerning two key elements affecting, and being affected by, the shift of care between hospitals and home/community.

Theme 1: Community Care (directed by Paul Williams, Janet Lum, and Karen Spalding, with Carol Kushner and some superb students), addresses the demand side, with a focus on applying the 'balance of care' (BoC) model developed by our international research partner (David Challis, U.K.) to examine: the extent to which individuals with high care needs who might otherwise be institutionalized can be cared for in the community; and the costs and consequences of various care models for consumers, providers, and health care systems. These models have clear implications for access, quality, and cost, as well as for service integration, and the mix of services (and service providers) needed to provide care. The Team has been partnering with LHINS, CCACs, and many community partners, and has some exciting results to report.

Theme 2: Health Human Resources (directed by Audrey Laporte, Andrea Baumann, with Brenda Gamble, Molly Verrier, Mike Landry, Susan Rappolt, Paula Burns, Kathryn Parker, Marko Vujicic, more superb students, and active partners from several regulatory bodies) addresses the supply and employment shifts of health professionals, with particular emphasis on: the subsectors in which these providers work; the factors affecting the likelihood that they will continue working in their profession; differences by sub-sector in retention ("stickiness") and what workers do; and their training and educational needs. The Team has some exciting results about nursing, OT, and RRT, with more in progress.

As noted, this symposium is being presented in partnership with The CRNCC, co-chaired by Janet Lum (Ryerson University) and Paul Williams (University of Toronto). The CRNCC is a dynamic network of community and academic researchers, community care providers, consumers, policy makers and other interested stakeholders from across Canada and abroad. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Ryerson University, CRNCC encourages research and knowledge transfer in home and community care to community agencies, government and the broader community through an Events Calendar, E-newsletters and a Knowledge Bank containing archived webcasts of event presentations, CRNCC In Focus Fact Sheets, links to related reports by members; updates on research in progress by CRNCC members; and, a database of student internship / practicum opportunities at community organizations, hospitals, government offices, networks and related associations in home and community care ( The CRNCC has already been very active in transferring knowledge from Team Grant projects to partners in Ontario and nationally.