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PHO Grand Rounds: Evidence, values, and ideology in public health decision-making: The debate over supervised injection facilities
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

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

Supervised injection services in Toronto have been promoted by academic studies, public health officials, and the Board of Health. However, legal and financial barriers are significant and key decision-makers are opposed. While evidence-based policy is promoted, there is no consensus about what to do when evidence and values clash. In this presentation, Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi will review the evidence for supervised injection services, explore the values behind opposing viewpoints, and discuss how each viewpoint uses evidence to bolster its arguments. He will also explore how perspectives differ among stakeholders (academics, public health practitioners, community members, and decision-makers).

Presenter: Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi

Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi is a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health and a general internist and HIV physician at St. Michael's Hospital. He is an associate professor of medicine in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Bayoumi and Dr. Carol Strike were the co-principal investigators of the Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assessment (TOSCA) study.

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.
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