Video Transcript – Perspectives on the Applied Public Health Chairs Program

Barbara Riley: The public health Chairs as I see it, I mean a huge investment in continue to build the field and it's not a one off, isolated kind of investment that it really is building that momentum and the field. I think to have the ambassadors, the fourteen new public health chairs as part of building the field is a very significant component of what this represents.

Angus Dawson: I think the way it demonstrates the variety and excellence of research that's going on across Canada. So the fact they are in different places and they cover different topics and there are very different methods used. I think that's a very good example of the kind of research that's funded through the institute of population and public health.

Armine Yalnizyan: I think it's an amazing array of real world, on the ground interventions that are going to give us a pool of experimentation to draw on and how we could actually improve people's health and possibly even reduce costs in the process.

Barbara Riley: I hesitate in offering any advice; I'd say that where I'll come from is more words of encouragement. It actually takes me right back to the very first point that I made around the field building. I think in the research field in particular, there has been a strong focus on the individual and there needs to be. You know, there are individual's incentives and what individual researchers need to do and the fourteen public chairs, I mean they're in this role as ambassadors for the field because of a lot of that individual success. I'm not minimizing that at all. I would say the huge opportunity, not only for the chairs but for IPPH, for the public health agency, it's capitalizing on the power of the collective and asking that question: “how can we best use now what we bring to really be ambassadors for building the field.

Angus Dawson: I think what would be nice would be for people to think a little bit about other kinds of values that might be relevant here. Particularly, thinking about things like focus on prevention, which links the idea of harm. Si one of the things that a lot of work in public health is about is trying to identify potential harms or actual harms at the population level, the society level and I think about ways to either remove them or at least reduce them.

Armine Yalnizyan: To make the interventions actually a huge success and scalable, you have to be able to show how much do the interventions costs, what do they potentially save and who pays. Who pays for the costs up front and who benefits from these experiments in improved health.

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