Best Brains Exchanges 2022

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  • Action Plan on Palliative Care: Using Public Policy to Shift Attitudes toward Death and Dying

    Hosted in collaboration with Health Canada’s Strategic Policy (End of Life Care Unit) and Communication and Public Affairs Branches

    The Best Brains Exchange (BBE) brought together policymakers, researchers, public health experts, and people with lived and living experience to discuss how public policy and education can be used to shift attitudes towards serious illness, death and dying to enable better end-of-life planning. In examining current evidence, the BBE considered successful interventions and education campaigns in multiple sectors and identified ways to apply learnings to the current Palliative Care Action Plan’s commitment to public education.


  • Supporting the Healthy Development of Young Children Facing Health Equity Barriers in Communities in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH)

    The purpose of this BBE was to bring together partners from multiple sectors (policy-makers, research community, academia, public health stakeholders, private sector, people with lived and living experience etc.) to examine  community-level interventions and how these can be better supported and implemented to improve the healthy development of young children (0-6) facing health equity barriers, including within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The BBE focused on identifying opportunities to improve community-level interventions through innovative service delivery and multisectoral partnerships.

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