Call for abstracts for a Health Policy conference

9 September, 2020

Call for Abstracts: New Frontiers in Health Policy 2020

Health Policy in a Time of Transformation

The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and the McMaster Health Policy PhD Program are pleased to announce our annual graduate student conference, New Frontiers in Health Policy. This year, New Frontiers is going virtual! A series of short sessions will be held online on November 23, 24, and 25, 2020.

Our conference theme this year is “Health Policy in a Time of Transformation.


2020 has been a year of upheaval and overdue reckoning, as decision-makers confront both novel threats and entrenched barriers to health. But while health policy can respond to transformative change, it can also enable transformation. In our current moment and beyond, health policies that are resilient to crises, radically equitable, and rooted in evidence provide avenues for change.

The New Frontiers in Health Policy 2020 Conference will feature a virtual panel on the theme of “Mobilizing knowledge to transform health inequities.” Stay tuned for more details on the panel date, time, and panelists!

The New Frontiers in Health Policy Conference 2020 offers professionals, students and researchers immersed in the interdisciplinary field of health policy, knowledge translation and related areas of study the opportunity to present and discuss their work, receive feedback, and network with faculty and other students. We welcome proposals from all disciplines including political science, economics, sociology, health research methodology, public health, health professions and health management.

Submissions may fall into one of two categories:

1) Oral presentation: We welcome submissions of original health policy scholarship, including works-in-progress. Oral presentations will take place in an online format and will be 15 minutes each. Presentations will be grouped by thematic or methodological similarity, and will be followed by a faculty discussant and audience questions.

- Structured abstracts for oral presentations should be a maximum of 300 words and should include the following sections: title, background, methods, results (which may be expected and/or preliminary), and policy implications.

2) Symposium: We welcome submissions for symposia featuring 3-5 speakers addressing a common theme from multiple perspectives. Symposia sessions will take place in an online format and will be one hour in length. Symposia sessions may take the form of a seminar discussion, or a workshop with interactive activities.

- Structured abstracts for symposia presentations should be a maximum of 300 words and should include the following sections: title, presenters, background, session description and engagement strategies, policy implications.

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Deadline for abstract submission: Friday, October 9 at 5pm EST

HIFA profile: Cristian Mansilla is a PhD student and Research Assistant at McMaster University, Canada. He formerly worked with EVIPNet Chile for the Ministry of Health in Chile. Professional interests: Evidence Informed Health Policies, Health Systems Research & Public Health. camansil AT