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ICES Winter Forum 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the ICES Winter Forum. Videos of the workshops and plenary sessions are available below.

This year’s symposium was a virtual event focused on the pressing topic of data and analytics to support pandemic planning and response, highlighting evidence and perspectives from Ontario, Canada and internationally. The forum will be of interest to researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers from health system organizations and government.

Plenary Session Videos

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Note: All videos play in Vimeo

Plenary Session One

Plenary Session 1

Welcome and Opening Prayer with Invited Elder
  • Wendy Phillips – Invited Indigenous Elder
ICES Welcome and Agenda Setting
  • Michael Schull – ICES
Opening Remarks
  • Hon. Christine Elliott – Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Panel: COVID-19 Vaccines: Using data to support distribution, uptake and impact
  • MC – Susan Bronskill – ICES
  • Michael Hillmer – Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Sarah Wilson – Public Health Ontario & National Advisory Committee on Immunization
  • Jeff Kwong – ICES

Plenary Session Two

Plenary Session 2

Panel: Health System Leaders Discussion: Using data to support the real-world response to COVID-19
  • MC – Michael Schull – ICES
  • Adalsteinn Brown – Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table
  • Anna Greenberg – Ontario Health
  • Fiona Kouyoumdjian – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ontario)
  • Andrew Baker – Greater Toronto Area Hospital Incident Management System
  • Kim McGrail – Health Data Research Network Canada
  • Pete Stokes – International Population Data Linkage Network
Keynote: Aiming for elimination: the best path out of the pandemic
  • Irfan Dhalla – Canada’s COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel

Plenary Session Three

Plenary Session 3

Panel: Pandemic Data and Analytics – Addressing Inequities. Do they make a difference on the ground?
  • MC – Laura Rosella – ICES
  • Astrid Guttmann – ICES
  • Jen Walker – ICES
  • Carol Mulder – Chiefs of Ontario
  • Liz Corson – Toronto Public Health Epidemiology and Data Analytics Unit
  • Monali Varia – Peel Public Health
  • Michael Schull – ICES; Invited Elder, Wendy Phillips providing closing prayer

Workshop Session Videos

Workshop A: Transforming Ontario’s COVID-19 Research Evidence into Policy: The Challenge Question Initiative and the Ontario Health Data Platform

Workshop A

Presented by:
  • Anne Hayes, Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Erika Runions-MacNeil, Ontario Ministry of Health
  • J. Charles Victor, ICES

This workshop presents two key provincial initiatives aimed at supporting Ontario researchers conducting policy relevant COVID-19 related research and accelerating integration of their evidence into policy by collaboration with key health system stakeholders. This workshop comprises a short presentation, including a real-world example, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Workshop B: New Data and Data Validation

Workshop B

Presented by:
  • Mahmoud Azimaee, ICES
  • Hannah Chung, ICES
  • Refik Saskin, ICES
  • Lesley Plumptre, ICES

This workshop provides: an overview of new data sources brought into ICES for timely COVID-19 research and analytics (including their data quality, challenges and limitations); a sneak peek at vaccination data; and discussion of novel methods and tools to enrich COVID-19 data, including fuzzy address matching to identify COVID-19 cases in congregate settings.

Workshop C: Statistical Methods for Assessing the Impact of the Pandemic on Health Services Use

Workshop C

Presented by:
  • Therese Stukel, ICES
  • Peter Austin, ICES
  • Rinku Sutradhar, ICES

This workshop includes discussion of different statistical approaches to estimating the effect of the pandemic on health services use.

Workshop D: Data and Performance Measurement in Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Sector During COVID-19

Workshop D

Presented by:
  • Paul Kurdyak, ICES
  • Natasha Saunders, ICES
  • Alene Toulany, ICES
  • Simone Vigod, ICES
  • Ryan Monte, Ontario Health Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence

This workshop includes an overview of existing data and capacity for performance measurement using available data and describe trends related to acute mental health and addictions-related service use prior to and following the onset of the pandemic.

The ICES Winter Forum was made possible through the support of our core funder, the Ontario Ministry of Health, as well as the Ontario SPOR Support Unit, and, for 2021, is being hosted in association with Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) and the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN).

ICES was pleased to welcome IQVIA as platinum sponsor of the 2021 Winter Forum!