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PHO Rounds: Putting the public back into public health policy-making
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350



Putting the public back into public health policymaking

There is a considerable body of literature that addresses the range of ways in which policymakers and researchers may engage the public on complex public health issues.  Despite this, initiatives to embed citizen participation in public health policymaking have only just begun to emerge, and have yet to realize their potential.  In this webinar, we examine the spectrum of potential ways that the public could inform policymaking, with a focus on public forums and citizens’ panels. 

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.

Presenter: Francois-Pierre Gauvin

Francois-Pierre Gauvin is a member of the McMaster Health Forum and the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.  His research focuses on public engagement in addressing socially and ethically complex public policy issues.  He is also interested in the potential of deliberative forums to find innovative solutions to collective problems.

Discussant: Christopher MacDougall

Chris McDougall is a member of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy and part of a research team at the Joint Centre for Bioethics that has been exploring the ethical challenges raised by infectious diseases.  His research lies at the intersection of international law and relations, public health and ethical theory, with a particular focus on policy responses to global disparities in infectious disease control capacities and access to essential medicines.

Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or


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