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Keynote Address

TRUDY LIEBERMAN, Columbia Journalism Review

"Heath Reporting: Balanced but Broken"

Trudy Lieberman, a journalist for more than 40 years, is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review where she blogs about health care and retirement at www.cjr.org. Her blog posts are at http://www.cjr.org/author/trudy-lieberman-1/. She is also a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health where she blogs about health at http://www.preparedpatientforum.org/. Her blog posts are at http://blog.preparedpatientforum.org/blog/category/author/trudy-lieberman/. Lieberman has had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care and health care financing.  She was also the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union.  She is a contributor to The Nation, and has written a column about health and the marketplace for the Los Angeles Times. Lieberman began her career as a consumer writer for the Detroit Free Press where her reporting became a model for consumer writers across the country.

Honoured Panelists

Charlie Fidelman, The Montreal Gazette

Charlie Fidelman is the health reporter for The Gazette. She’s won recognition for her health coverage including The Canadian Medical Association/Canadian Nurses Association Award and a National Newspaper Award for Beat Reporting for breaking news stories of secret practices: patients bribing doctors for care. A transplanted Francophile from Vancouver, B.C., she’s a keen dog-walker and squash-player and a fan of science #longreads.

André Picard, The Globe and Mail

André Picard is The Globe and Mail’s health columnist and the author of four books. He has received much acclaim for his writing, including being honoured as the top public health reporter in the 17 countries of the Americas by the Pan-American Health Organization and named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association. André is a seven-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top print journalism prize. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his lifelong dedication to improving healthcare. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and holds an honourary doctorate from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He lives in Montréal.

Daniel Weinstock, Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

Daniel Weinstock is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Before coming to McGill, he was a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Centre de recherche en éthique at the Université de Montréal. His published work has dealt with a wide range of ethical issues in public policy in the area of health, education, multiculturalism, to name but a few. He has also taken an active part in a number of consultative bodies created by different levels of government. In particular, he was the Founding Director of Quebec's Public Health Ethics Committee, and a member of the advisory committee of the Taylor-Bouchard Commission. Most recently, he was co-author of a report written by the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End-of-Life Decision-Making, whose arguments and recommendations have been cited around the world, from Quebec and British Columbia to Tasmania.

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, McGill University

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, PhD, est professeure adjointe à l’université McGill, et chercheure-boursière du Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec. Elle occupe un poste conjoint à travers les facultés d’Arts et Médecine, dans les départements de sociologie et d’épidémiologie et dirige l’Infrastructure de recherche sur les inégalités de santé (IRIS). Sa recherche porte sur la contribution des politiques publiques aux inégalités sociales et de santé. Elle travaille présentement sur l’effet de l’assurance santé privée sur les inégalités sociales de santé à l’aide de financement des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada et de la Fondation Canadienne pour l’innovation. Récipiendaire de nombreux prix d’excellence dont le 2005 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award, sa recherche a été publiée dans un récent volume qu’elle a co-édité, intitulé Le privé dans la santé : Les discours et les faits (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2008), ainsi que dans le Canadian Medical Association Journal, le Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, le American Journal of Epidemiology et Social Science and Medicine.

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée is Associate Professor at McGill University with a joint Appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology. She holds a career award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé and is also the Director of the International Research Infrastructure on Social inequalities in health (IRIS) at McGill. With funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, she currently studies the impact of public coverage and private health insurance regulation on health inequalities in select OECD countries. Her work received numerous awards, including the 2005 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award, and appeared in a book she co-edited, Le privé dans la santé : Les discours et les faits (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2008), as well as in journals such as the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and Social Science and Medicine.


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