Health Ministers Honour Recipients of the CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research

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October 19, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ross Baker is the recipient of the 2017 CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research.

The award recognizes Dr. Baker’s outstanding contributions to improving Canada’s health system through quality of care and patient safety. Dr. Baker is a Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Baker will be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held this evening at the federal, provincial and territorial health ministers meeting in Edmonton. He will be honoured along with Dr. Jocelyn Downie from Dalhousie University who received the 2016 prize in recognition of her contributions to bioethics, health law and policy in Canada.

The CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy or care delivery. The award is named in honour of Dr. Morris Barer and Dr. Colleen Flood, who are past Scientific Directors of CIHR-IHSPR.


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“I wish to congratulate Dr. Baker and Dr. Downie on receiving this important honour. Their work has led to better and safer health care for Canadians and contributed to the development of evidence-based policy for carrying out research and addressing health policy issues of national importance.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“I am very pleased that we are acknowledging Dr. Baker and Dr. Downie with this award. Dr. Baker has led the way in building the field of health care quality improvement and patient safety in Canada. Thanks to his leadership, we have institutions and training programs in this field and a body of knowledge to help guide health system leaders in improving the care of patients. Dr. Downie has been at the leading edge of health law and policy in this country. She has contributed to informed debate on major national policy issues such as medically-assisted dying.”

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research

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Office of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
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