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IHE partners with Athabasca University on health economics micro-credential course

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is partnering with Athabasca University to develop a new four-course micro-credential in health economics.  Health care planning and delivery are undergoing fundamental shifts due to innovations including precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and rapid expansion of virtual and remote health care delivery. Capitalising on these transformative technologies requires a workforce that can assess and understand the benefits and costs of these new models, including potential impact for patients. IHE Chief Scientific Officer Dr Jeff Round notes, “I am excited to be working with Athabasca University’s professional development arm, PowerED™, and the Faculty of Health Disciplines to deliver training that addresses an important skills gap in Alberta. This…
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Statement from the Institute of Health Economics on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The offices of the Institute of Health Economics will be closed on Friday, September 30, 2022 in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process”, as outlined in the Calls to Action issued by the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This is a day to acknowledge the truth of the intergenerational harm caused by the residential school system, and to mourn for the children who never returned home. Every child matters. We recognize that Indigenous communities still face systemic inequalities today, and that true reconciliation requires action. In this we…
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Statement from Institute of Health Economics mourning the loss of Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

The Institute of Health Economics Board of Directors and staff joins other Canadians and Albertans in mourning the loss of Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, 2022. When she assumed the role of Queen of the United Kingdom on February 6th, 1952 she also became Head of State for Canada and has been a consistent figure in key moments in Canadian and Alberta history and in all our lives. Queen Elizabeth visited Canada more times than any other Commonwealth country, the last time in 2010. On that visit she said, “This nation has dedicated itself to being a caring home for its’ own, a sanctuary for others and an example to the world". We hope we can continue to support such sentiments through our ongoing work. Rest in peace Your Majesty.
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Health and the Economy: Lessons from the Pandemic in Economic Resilience

The Institute of Health Economics sponsored a plenary session at the recent Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) annual conference in Calgary on July 27th. The session was titled “Health & the Economy: Lessons from the Pandemic in Economic Resilience”. The panel was moderated by economist Dr. Vic Adamowicz from the University of Alberta. Ms. Andrea Brocklebank from the Beef Cattle Research Council and Mr. Andrew Gibbons from WestJet Airlines explored how their sectors addressed border closures, inventory management, and the ever-changing daily challenges of operating key industries in a pandemic. Ms. Noelle Becker from Alberta Labor and Immigration discussed the importance of adapting, revising, and incorporating what's been learned into the Alberta government's response to long-term…
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Long COVID-19: The Pandemic after the Pandemic

Dr. Christopher McCabe participates in the Alberta Health Services webinar series related to Long COVID. Host Shawna Curry interviews Dr. McCabe, Isabel Henderson and Dr. Simon Decary, to explore where long COVID started, what we can learn from current research, and where long COVID might be headed. Dr. McCabe provides overview of economic modelling support the Institute of Health Economics provided to decision-makers during pandemic and also outlined the collaborative work across the country to prepare for the next pandemic and respond to ongoing pressures.   Link to webinar: https://tinyurl.com/5bkvn2cc For further information John Sproule, Senior Policy Director, Institute of Health Economics, Ph: 780-862-1905 Email: [email protected]
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