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PHO Grand Rounds: Addressing the Immunization Research-to-Policy gap in Canada: collaborative development of an integration pathway to assist strategic planning
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar
Infectious Diseases:Immunization
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Maximizing the impact of immunization programs requires timely and effective translation of monitoring, evaluation and research findings into policy and practice, yet this is not always the case in Canada. We used Concept Mapping to elicit, organize, and produce a visual representation of stakeholders’ perceptions on actions needed to enhance research-to-policy integration in this field. The pathway generated provides a shared vision on how to shape and direct future efforts in this area.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the structures and processes required to enhance research-to-policy integration in the immunization field
  • List the most relevant and feasible actions currently needed to enhance immunization research-to-policy integration in Canada;
  • Recognize the different needs and perspectives of policy-makers, researchers/program evaluators, practitioners and industry representatives regarding research-to-policy integration in Canada.

Presenter: Maria Eugenia Espinoza

Maria Eugenia Espinoza is a Medical Doctor and Master of Science in Epidemiology from Venezuela. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation – University of Toronto. Her thesis research focuses on examining structural, procedural and contextual factors behind variation in decisions regarding existing immunization programs across Canadian Provinces, using a multiple case study approach. Her research interests include: immunization policy analysis, program evaluation, and knowledge translation. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.
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