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PHO Rounds: Epidemiology - The Canadian Index of Wellbeing: A measurement framework to promote health and reduce health disparities
Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Health Promotion; Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

This session will describe the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), which provides a comprehensive research and evaluation framework that generates evidence needed to inform the development of programs, services, and policies that improve health and wellbeing.

The CIW framework is one of the most recognized and praised impact measurement tools to examine societal progress. Equipped with 64 indicators, the CIW compiles quantitative data on eight quality of life domains: community vitality, democratic engagement, education, the environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards, and time use. By releasing evidence-based reports that describe wellbeing in Canada in all of its respects, the CIW provides comprehensive insights enabling decision-makers to “connect the dots” between social aspirations, quality of life domains, and public policy.

In addition to providing national and provincial composite index reports on how Canadians are really doing, the CIW framework is now being applied in other ways at the provincial, regional, municipal, and organizational level.

DISCLAIMER: 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. 

Presenters: Dr. Margo Hilbrecht and Mary MacNutt

Margo Hilbrecht is the associate director (Research) of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) housed in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and an assistant research professor in the faculty. She received her PhD from the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on workplace policies and practices in relation to work–life balance, time allocation, caregiving, and wellbeing.

Mary MacNutt is the director of Policy and Communications at the AOHC, the voice of 111 community-governed primary health care organizations across the province: 75 Community Health Centres, 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centres, 13 Community Family Health Teams, and 13 Nurse Practitioner-led Clinics. Specializing in strategic counsel, advocacy, and communications, she has spent nearly 20 years working with a wide range of non-profits. She began her career as a journalist producing national television programs.

Approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).


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