Labelle Lectureship

Roberta Labelle

Roberta Labelle, left, was one of the Centre's founding members. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge. In memory of Roberta, CHEPA and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impacts collaborated on establishing the Annual Labelle Lectureship Series. In the autumn of each year, a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an inter-disciplinary approach to research gives a general interest lecture on a topic in the broadly defined areas of health economics and/or health policy. The Labelle Lecturer is also available for consultations with individuals in and outside McMaster University during the period of his/her visit. An endowment was established to assure the ongoing funding of the Lectureship. Scroll down for a historical list of Labelle Lectures.


2020 Labelle Lecture
"Saving Black Women and Babies:
Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity"

Photo of Tiffany Green, 2020 Labelle LecturerThe 2020 Labelle Lecture, was presented virtually on Nov. 11, 2020 by Dr. Tiffany Green, an economist and population health scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in racial/ethnic and nativity disparities in reproductive health. 

In her presentation, entitled “Saving Black Women and Babies: Leveraging Data and Community Engagement to Achieve Health Equity,” Dr. Green drew from her research which focuses primarily on understanding the individual-, family-, and structural-level determinants of disparities in women’s health and birth outcomes. Her mission is to shed light on how and why Black women, regardless of socio-economic status, experience the worst maternal and child birth outcomes of any racial/ethnic group – and what evidence-based solutions might ameliorate these persistent inequalities in health and wellbeing.

The discussant for the Lecture was Dr. Andrew Pinto, Founder and Director of Upstream Lab. He is also a Public Health and Preventative Medicine Specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, she was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Society of Family Planning’s Changemakers in Family Planning Grant Program. She is a Temple Center for Public Health Law Research Fellow and is a University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Centennial Scholar.

As well, Dr. Green serves as the co-chair of the Black Maternal & Child Health Alliance of Dane County, a coalition committed to centering the voices of Black mothers and ensuring that Black children are free to reach their highest potential. 


Labelle lecture 2020



Labelle Lecture Archives

2019: Jennifer Walker
2018: Ruth Lavergne
2017: Dean Spears
2016: Dr. Antoine Boivin
2015: Katy Kozhimannil
2014: Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya
2013: David Stuckler
2012: Dr. Irfan Dhalla
2011: Michael Law
2010: Tamara Daly
2009: Anirban Basu
2008: Sebastian Schneeweiss
2007: Steve Morgan
2006: Pascale Lehoux
2005: Jennifer Prah Ruger
2004: Valerie Steeves
2003: Meredith Rosenthal
2002: Mark Sculpher
2001: Jean-Mane Berthelot
2000: Peter Ubel
1999: Colleen Flood
1998: Lisa Bero
1997: Mandy Ryan
1996: Jane Weeks
1995: Peter Singer
1994: Steven Katz
1993: Alayne Mary Adams
1992: Andrew M. Jones







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