Centre for Research on Inner City Health - Keenan Research Centre

How Government Works Workshop A full house listens to Matthew Anderson, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN at How Government Works, Speaker Series on November 12, 2008

How Government Works 2009-10 Workshops

CRICH's mission is to improve health outcomes for marginalized populations through a program of policy-relevant research. However, we often have limited exposure to the nuts and bolts of government priority-setting, timelines and levels and levers of decision making. Through these informal talks with senior Ontario government officials, we will gain practical advice about government process and culture, with the ultimate goal of improving our skills in policy-focused knowledge transfer. 

To RSVP or to suggest a topic or speaker for the series, contact Kelly Murphy at 416-864-6060 Ext. 3379 or



2009-2010 Events to be Posted Soon.

Recent workshops

Date and Location Workshop

September 25, 2008

What researchers should know about ‘how government works’ if they want research to have impact

The Honourable George Smitherman, MPP (Toronto Centre), Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

October 23, 2008


"Role of the LHIN Boards (Provincial Perspective) and Role of the Toronto Central LHIN (Focus on Equity Task Force)"

Presenters: Mohamed Dhanani, Chair of the Board, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN),  & Dennis Magill, Vice-Chair of the Board, Toronto Central LHIN

November 12, 2008

"What are the top priorities of the LHIN?"

Presenter: Matthew Anderson, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN

November 27, 2008

"A Fresh Look at KT: Comparing How Health Scientists and Political Scientists Think About Policy Change and the Role of Research"

Presenter: Professor Patrick Fafard, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Research Fellow, Canadian Policy Research Networks

January 14, 2009

Development of a Health Assessment Tool: An innovative approach to health promotion through collaboration between public health and urban planning

Presenter: Gayle Bursey, Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Peel Health

February 18, 2009

Why children should always come first: what you should know if you want your research to make a difference

Presenter: Fiona Nelson, former TDSB trustee and member, Toronto Board of Health

March 25, 2009

Falling through the cross-sectoral cracks? A tour of government portfolios from the perspective of homelessness and health.

Margot Lettner, LLB, BSW, Wasabi Consulting

Presentation Notes (102 KB PDF file)

April 8, 2009

Working across sectors at the municipal level: My experiences with Health, Transit and Community Services at the City of Toronto

Presenter: Joe Mihevc, Toronto City Councillor Ward 21-St. Paul's