Fuse 2018: Explore the program

On May 8-10, 2018, MSFHR co-hosted Fuse 2018, the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health. 

Convened to support the use of research evidence in policy-making that promotes and protects the health of citizens, international speakers explored the challenges faced when using evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making, and discussed how best to mitigate and overcome these challenges.


Pre-conference

Monday, May 7, 2018

17:30 - 21:00 Health xChange 2018: An evening of storytelling with PechaKucha
This year, Health xChange asks: How can we use research evidence to improve health policy and practice?

Fuse 2018: 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

18:00 - 20:00 Conference registration and welcome reception

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:30 - 8:30 Registration and breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome
  • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia (co-chair)
  • Elinor Wilson, Board chair, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (co-chair)
  • Bev Holmes, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (on behalf of co-hosts)
8:45 - 10:30 Plenary panel: A global view of knowledge exchange in public health policy-making
A distinguished international panel will explore the use of evidence in public health policy-making across jurisdictions and sectors to discover what works and what doesn't.

Facilitator: Gregory Taylor, Former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Panelists:
  • Moriah Ellen, Senior Researcher, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada
  • Jantine Schuit, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council; Deputy Chair, Fuse Strategy Board, UK
  • Sarah Thackway, Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, New South Wales Health Leadership Executive, the Australian Partnership Prevention Centre, Australia
10:30 - 11:00 Break and poster viewing
11:00 - 12:00 Plenary panel: Critical role of evidence in a public health emergency
Declaring a public health emergency triggers a sequence of events to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from whatever emergency has put public health at risk. This case-based session will explore how evidence is used in a public health crisis and whether the changes made have an enduring effect.

Facilitator: Dr. Rhonda Low, Family Physician, TV and radio broadcaster and health journalist

Panelists:
  • Clay Adams, Former Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Coastal Health, Canada
  • Perry Kendall, Former Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia, Canada
  • Danuta Skowronski, Physician Epidemiologist, BC Centre for Disease Control; Clinical Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:20 Workshops and oral presentations (concurrent sessions)
  • Workshop 1: An executive summary is not enough: Innovative reports for public health (Kylie Hutchinson)
  • Workshop 2: Theorizing trust mechanisms in collaborative and co-productive public health contexts: A realist methodology open forum (Justin Jagosh)
  • Oral presentations session 1
  • Oral presentations session 2
  • Oral presentations session 3
14:20 - 14:45 Break and poster viewing
14:45 - 16:05 Workshops and oral presentations (concurrent sessions)
  • Workshop 3: How to develop a structural approach to knowledge exchange? Practice-based workshop on effectively linking communication activities between researchers (Oliver Francis, Peter van der Graaf & Mark Welford)
  • Workshop 4: Closing the loop between life scientists and policy-makers: Lessons learned from developing policy frameworks for substance use (Julienne Jagdeo, Ron Joe, Conny Lin & Kenneth Tupper)
  • Oral presentations session 4
  • Oral presentations session 5
16:10 - 17:15 Plenary panel: Why doesn’t evidence inform policy-making quite the way we hope?
Paul Cairney will outline the key challenges faced when using evidence to inform policy, followed by a panel discussion on how best to mitigate and overcome these challenges.

Presenter: Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Department of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland
Facilitator: Emily Jenkins, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada
Respondents:
  • Moriah Ellen, Senior Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Marjorie MacDonald, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Canada
  • Sarah Thackway, Executive Director, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, New South Wales Health Leadership Executive, the Australian Partnership Prevention Centre, Australia
17:30 - 19:00 Cocktail reception

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast and welcome
8:30 - 9:15 Lightning talks: Evidence to action
Researchers and health system decision makers take the stage to share personal and practical experiences of knowledge exchange.

Facilitator: Geoffrey W. Payne, Vice President Research & Graduate Programs, University of Northern BC, Canada
9:15 - 10:00 Plenary: Changing the narrative on investment in population and public health research
The preventative nature of public health research compounds the challenge of showcasing the value and impact of research to decision-makers. In this plenary, Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health, discusses the importance of building an investment case for public health research using examples from infectious disease, chronic disease, and human behaviours.

Presenter: Steven Hoffman, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public Health, Canada
Facilitator: Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia, Canada
10:00 - 10:30 Break and poster viewing
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary panel: How healthy is public health policy?
What is healthy public policy? How is it is developed and what are the end results? Following a commentary from Trevor Hancock, panelists will discuss the challenges faced by those involved in policy making and delivery, and how to provide the right evidence, incentivize the right decisions, manage conflicting interests, and reach consensus.

Opening commentary: Trevor Hancock, Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada
Facilitator: Shannon Turner, Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC, Canada
Panelists:
  • Nadav Davidovitch, Director, School of Public Health, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Colleen McGavin, Patient Engagement Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit, Canada
  • Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council; Deputy Chair, Fuse Strategy Board, UK
  • Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director, BC Centre for Disease Control, Canada
12:00 - 13:50 Lunch and keynote: If we want more evidence-based practice or policy, we need more practice-based evidence
Drawing on learnings from across Fuse 2018 Lawrence Green will pose questions and suggestions for how to improve the fit among, and connection between, policy, research evidence and practice, and how to do this without imposing impossible requirements and unrealistic criteria of effectiveness on the varied settings in which evidence and policy are applied.

Presenter: Lawrence Green, Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Facilitator: Marjorie MacDonald, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria; Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Canada
13:50 - 14:00 Closing remarks

 

For a copy of the full program, including details of the posters, workshops, oral presentations and lightning talks, please contact the KT team