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Population health
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Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health

Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health

Ivy Bourgeault

An organization dedicated to the promotion of the sociological study of health, illness and health care issues in Canada.

Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research

Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research

Patrick Fafard

Public health has increasingly cast the net wider. The field has moved on from a hygiene perspective and infectious and occupational disease base (where it was born in the 19th century) to a concern for unhealthy lifestyles post-WWII, and more recently to the uneven distribution of health and its (re)sources. There is a growing recognition of the extent to which the public health community writ large needs to better understand government and move beyond what has traditionally been a certain naiveté about politics and the process of policy making. This series will thus be a powerful tool to build bridges between political science, international relations and public health.

Vaccine Passports – Legal and Policy Issues

Vaccine Passports – Legal and Policy Issues

Colleen Flood, Kumanan Wilson

COVID-19 vaccine passports/certificates are being deployed in different contexts across the world. But uncertainty about the ethics and legality of their use continues to vex the public and policy makers, with Canada as no exception. This project aims to investigate and advise on legal and policy issues around vaccine passports' rationale and design, the government's proper role in regulating them, and persistent concerns over privacy, equity, liberty, and coercion.


Recent Publications

Eliminating Religious and Philosophical Exemptions: The Next Step in Ontario’s Campaign against Vaccine Hesitancy
Bryan Thomas & Colleen Flood. 2020.

The case for developing a cohesive systems approach to research across unhealthy commodity industries
Patrick Fafard (co-author). BMJ Global Health. 2021. (OPEN ACCESS)

Communication about COVID-19 from Canadian provincial chief medical officers of health: a qualitative study
Patrick Fafard (co-author). CMAJ Open. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Public health and political science: challenges and opportunities for a productive partnership
Patrick Fafard & Adele Cassola. Public Health. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Assessing the completeness of infant and childhood immunizations within a provincial registry populated by parental reporting: A study using linked databases in Ontario, Canada
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Vaccine. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Association between media attention and presentation of vaccination information on Canadian chiropractors' websites: a prospective mixed-methods cohort study
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). CMAJ Open. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Vaccination during pregnancy: Canadian maternity care providers' opinions and practices
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2020.

Evidence use in equity focused health impact assessment: A realist evaluation
Ivy Bourgeault (co-author). BMC Public Health. 2019. (OPEN ACCESS)

Building the political case for investing in public health and public health research
Patrick Fafard (co-author). Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2019. (OPEN ACCESS)

Under-immunization of the solid organ transplant population: An urgent problem with potential digital health solutions
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). American Journal of Transplantation. 2019.

Effectiveness of digital technologies at improving vaccine uptake and series completion - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Vaccine. 2019.

Distance from home birth to emergency obstetrical services and neonatal outcomes: A cohort study
Ivy Bourgeault (co-author). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. 2018.

Barriers to immunization among newcomers: A systematic review
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Vaccine. 2018.

Problems with precaution: the transfusion medicine experience
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). J Risk Res. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Systems thinking as a framework for analyzing commercial determinants of health
Patrick Fafard (co-author). The Milbank Quarterly. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

What can be learned from experience with scientific advisory committees in the field of international environmental politics?
Patrick Fafard (co-author). Global Challenges. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Towards a systematic understanding of how to institutionally design Scientific Advisory Committees: A conceptual framework and introduction to a Special Journal Issue
Patrick Fafard (co-author). Global Challenges. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

An overview of systematic reviews to inform the institutional design of Scientific Advisory Committees
Patrick Fafard (co-author). Global Challenges. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Interventions to help people understand community immunity: A systematic review
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Vaccine. 2018.

Healthcare provider perspectives on the uptake of the human papillomavirus vaccine among newcomers to Canada: A qualitative study
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Using a meta-narrative literature review and focus groups with key stakeholders to identify perceived challenges and solutions for generating robust evidence on the effectiveness of treatments for rare diseases
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Orphanet J Rare Dis.Kumanan Wilson et al. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Contested Roles of Canada's Chief Medical Officers of Health
Patrick Fafard (co-author). Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Immunization and technology. A needs assessment survey for a Vaccine Tracking App
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Why and How Political Science Can Contribute to Public Health? Proposals for Collaborative Research Avenues
Patrick Fafard (co-author). International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2017. (OPEN ACCESS)

Connecting remote populations to public health: the case for a digital immunization information system in Nunavut
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 2017. (OPEN ACCESS)


Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19
Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, Sridhar Venkatapuram (eds). 2020.
Includes pieces on diverse topics from 70 contributors (20 from CHLPE) across law, policy, ethics, medicine, health sciences, economics, management, and more.

Behavioural Policies for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Patrick Fafard, E. de Leeuw (series eds). 2019.

Halsbury's Laws of Canada – Public Health
Colleen M. Flood (co-author). 2019.

Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands
Patrick Fafard, E. de Leeuw (series eds). Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research. 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Optimizing Scientific Advisory Committees
Steven J. Hoffman, Patrick Fafard, Trygve Ottersen (eds). 2018. (OPEN ACCESS)

Recent Media

Immunity checks could help ensure fans’ safety at sporting events, doctor says
w/ Kumanan Wilson. New York Post. July 2020.

Doctors Without Borders Wants Trudeau to Commit to Fair Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
w/ Jason Nickerson. Toronto Star. June 2020.

COVID-19 : Le développement d’un vaccin soulève encore bien des questions
w/ Patrick Fafard. Radio-Canada. June 2020.

As the Race for a Vaccine Ramps Up, So Do Calls for Vaccine Injury Compensation
w/ Kumanan Wilson. CTV News. June 2020.

Identifier les survivants de la COVID-19 et les exempter de confinement, une bonne idée?
w/ Kumanan Wilson. Radio-Canada. May 2020.

Rationing care in Canada and U.S. in the face of COVID-19
Jennifer Herbst. iPolitics. April 2020.

Coronavirus vaccine must be affordable and accessible
Jason Nickerson. The Conversation. April 2020.

La gestion de la pandémie par les gouvernements
w/ Patrick Fafard. Radio-Canada. April 2020.

How invoking the Emergency Act could help Canada better track, contain COVID-19
Colleen Flood, Teresa Scassa, David Robertson. CBC. April 2020.

Ethics, the law and a public health emergency
w/ Colleen Flood. CBC The Sunday Edition. March 2020.

Towards a Political Science with Public Health: Results of a workshop on Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health, Toronto, June 2019
Patrick Fafard & Adèle Cassola. Global Strategy Lab. August 2019.

To combat anti-vaxxer myths, teach children – not parents – to be immunity warriors
Kumanan Wilson. Globe and Mail. Apr 2019.

Two ways forward for national pharmacare
Colleen Flood, Bryan Thomas, Patrick Fafard, Asad Ali Moten. The Hill Times, November 2018.

Why health experts should speak out on social policy
Adam R. Houston. Ottawa Citizen. Apr 2017.

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