Drivers for Change in Health Policy: Innovation, Disruption and Sustainability

NFHP Poster (FINAL)(2)

About the Conference


This year our conference will address drivers for change in health services and policy–from disruptive action that centres marginalized communities, to innovative thinking that transforms the trajectory of health systems, to sustainable development for effective, lasting change. This annual event is geared to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from a variety of disciplines and programs including political science, economics, sociology, health research methodology, health professions and, health management.

The conference will include a dynamic panel discussion on the topic of Health in All Policies. According to the World Health Organization, Health in All Policies focus on “on the consequences of public policies on health systems, determinants of health, and well-being.” The panel will be followed by graduate student oral and poster presentations. We aim to foster a lively and supportive environment for discussion and constructive feedback on student research and works-in-progress.

We are delighted to partner with the Labelle Lectureship. The Labelle Lecture will follow the conference and will feature a concluding keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Walker. Dr. Walker is an epidemiologist and health services researcher who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Laurentian University. Learn more about Dr. Walker’s innovative program of research here. 

The conference will begin at 8:45 am and conclude at 2:30 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019, and will take place at L. R. Wilson Community Room (LRW 1003), 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8. Following the conference, the Labelle Lecture will begin at 3pm in the Health Sciences Centre (location details including parking and public transportation access to follow).


Submitting Abstracts

We welcome the submission of abstracts from graduate students in any discipline whose work addresses drivers for change in health services, systems, and policy in a local, national, or global context. The call for abstract submissions is now closed. Thank you for your submissions. 


As a graduate student-led conference, registration for all is free. The deadline for registration is November 1, 2019. Please click here to register now.

Committee Members


Valentina Antonipillai



Cara Evans


A Ali

Ahmednur Ali

Vice Chair

A Belal

Ahmed A. Belal

Secretary General

Derek Manis

Derek Manis

Scientific Lead


Sophiya Garasia

Partnerships Liaison


Donya Razavi

Alumni Advisor & Organizing Committee Member


Gautham Krishnaraj

Organizing Committee Member


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