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Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 at the Health Council of Canada

Happy New Year to all our blog readers! We’re so glad to have you on board and hope that you will continue to find value in our work.

2013 is going to be an exciting year at the Health Council of Canada, so we wanted to tell you about some of our upcoming projects.

January 18 is the deadline for our Health Innovation Challenge for college and university students. We’ve already received lots of great entries, with more to come! You’ll see the shortlist announcement on March 11, 2013, so stay tuned.

In about two weeks, we’ll release our report called, How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system? Results from the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians. This is the 7th edition in our Canadian Health Care Matter series, and presents physicians’ experiences with the health care system.

In March, we’ll publish a report on health quality improvement, followed by our Progress Report 2013 in May. This is a continuation of our past two Progress Reports (2011 and 2012), and will cover these topics:
  • Access and wait times 
  • Primary care reform and electronic health records 
  • Pharmaceuticals management 
  • Health promotion, disease prevention, and public health 
  • Aboriginal Health 
This year we’ll continue to add stellar examples of health system innovation to our Health Innovation Portal and on YouTube for those in video format. A Spring focus will be wait times, with plenty of other themes to be covered this year. You can find the portal at and innovation video content at

In the fall, we will host our annual national symposium. You can have a look at details from last year’s symposium here. We’ll keep you posted on a topic for the upcoming event!

Lastly, late in the year we will release a report on Aboriginal seniors. This is part of our body of work on Aboriginal health, which includes our last two reports on Aboriginal maternal and child health, and urban Aboriginal health care.

Thanks for a great 2012 – we hope you will stay with us for all the activity of 2013! Remember to subscribe to the blog and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop on reports, webinars and other activities

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