Karen Born, Greta Cummings & Andreas Laupacis

Karen Born Karen Born is a researcher-writer with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital, focusing her work on projects related to public engagement and education around the health care system. Karen is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Karen has worked across Ontario facilitating citizen engagement processes for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, LHINs and hospitals. Karen has an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics, and an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University. Follow Karen on Twitter @BornK Greta Cummings Dr. Greta Cummings is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She has 15 years of senior administrative leadership experience in hospital, regional and provincial health services. She is currently the principal investigator of the Connecting Leadership Education & Research (CLEAR) Outcomes Program, which focuses on the development of leadership by individuals and organizations to achieve better outcomes for healthcare providers and patients. Dr. Cummings is past President of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (2005-2007), and President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (2010-2014). Her awards include Career Scientist awards from CIHR and AHFMR, Order of Merit for Research, Canadian Nurses Association, Excellence in Nursing Research from Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Award of Excellence in Research from CARNA. Sachin Pendharkar Dr. Sachin R. Pendharkar is a respirologist and sleep physician at the Rockyview General Hospital and FoothillsHospital in Calgary, Alberta. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, and a scientist at the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre. He was supported by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and Health Quality Council of Alberta while completing a Master of Science degree in Health Services Research at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on health care operations research, patient flow, and improving health systems efficiency using simulation modelling. Follow Sachin on Twitter @srpendharkar

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Canada’s prescription opioid crisis

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