Roberta Labelle was a founding member of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 occurred when broad recognition for her health economics research was beginning to emerge. The memorial Labelle Lecture is presented annually by a 'rising star' such as Dean Spears, shown here.
Roberta Labelle, left, was one of the Centre's founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. In memory of Roberta, CHEPA and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impacts collaborated on establishing the Annual Labelle Lectureship Series. In the autumn of each year, a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an inter-disciplinary approach to research gives a general interest lecture on a topic in the broadly defined areas of health economics and/or health policy. The Labelle Lecturer is also available for consultations with individuals in and outside McMaster University during the period of his/her visit. An endowment was established to assure the ongoing funding of the Lectureship. Scroll down for a historical list of Labelle Lectures.
2020 Labelle Lecture
"Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity"
The 2020 Labelle Lecture, was presented virtually on Nov. 11, 2020 by Dr. Tiffany Green, an economist and population health scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health.
In her presentation, entitled “Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity,” Dr. Green drew from her research which focuses primarily on understanding the individual-, family-, and structural-level determinants of disparities in women’s health and birth outcomes. Her mission is to shed light on how and why Black women, regardless of socio-economic status, experience the worst maternal and child birth outcomes of any racial/ethnic group – and what evidence-based solutions might ameliorate these persistent inequalities in health and wellbeing.
The discussant for the Lecture was Dr. Andrew Pinto, Founder and Director of Upstream Lab. He is also a Public Health and Preventative Medicine Specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, she was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Society of Family Planning’s Changemakers in Family Planning Grant Program. She is a Temple Center for Public Health Law Research Fellow and is a University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Centennial Scholar.
As well, Dr. Green serves as the co-chair of the Black Maternal & Child Health Alliance of Dane County, a coalition committed to centering the voices of Black mothers and ensuring that Black children are free to reach their highest potential.
Jennifer Walker, PhD, associate professor, School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, who holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health. She is also the Indigenous Lead for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She presented "Indigenous Data and Research" on November 14, 2919.
Ruth Lavergne, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, presented "Primary care, secondary data: Learning from policy change in British Columbia" on Wednesday Oct 3, 2018.
The Labelle Lectureship Series marked its 25th anniversary this year with a special lecture by Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD, PhD, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership. He presented: "Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients." To view a video of the lecture, go to this link:
http://fhsmediasiteevp.mcmaster.ca/Mediasite/Play/f9eeb5baf8994919a81db88c92de2c581d The presentation starts at 20:00 on the video.
2012: Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Staff physician, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital. "The Virtual Ward and other policy-relevant trials in health care"
2011: Michael Law
Assistant professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty member, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC. Law, a researcher with expertise in pharmaceutical policy, described how the changing market for generic drugs presents a unique opportunity for Canadian governments to introduce universal coverage.
2010: Tamara Daly
Assistant professor, York University
Political economist, School of Health Policy & Management, York University
"It’s about time to care! Can we learn from Scandinavians about care for the elderly?"
2009: Anirban Basu
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
"Comparative effectiveness research: Another emperor with no clothes?"
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
"Reference drug programs: Can we contain costs without harming patients?"
2007: Steve Morgan
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia
Health Economist, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC
"Expenditure Overdose? Causes, Consequences and Cures for Canada's Pharmaceutical Cost Crises"