Congratulations to Dr. Walter Wodchis, Research Chair of Implementation and Evaluation Science and Senior Scientist, Institute for Better Health (IBH) for being awarded the CIHR-IHSPR 2021 Barer-Flood Senior Career Prize in Health Services and Policy Research. The Barer-Flood Prize is named in honor of the leadership, vision and innovative contributions of the first two Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Scientific Directors, Morris Barer and Colleen Flood. The Barer-Flood prize recognizes and supports the research excellence of Canadian Senior-Career Investigators and is given to the highest ranking senior-career investigator in CIHR’s Project Grant Competition who’s work aligns with the IHSPR’s mandate of supporting innovative research, capacity-building and knowledge translation initiatives designed to improve the way health care services are organized, regulated, managed, financed, paid for, used and delivered, in the interest of improving the health and quality of life of all Canadians. Dr. Walter Wodchis proudly shares this accolade with other Canadian research luminaries, including Dr. Jocelyn Downie, Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw and Dr. Peter Tugwell.

The Barer-Flood prize was given in support and recognition of Dr. Wodchis’ recent three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This grant will support a national study to identify strategies for the successful implementation of primary health care teams and examine how interprofessional primary care teams, comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians and other health professionals meet the needs of people with complex health conditions.

Dr. Walter Wodchis is an internationally recognized scientist in health economics, financing, policy evaluation and integrated care and is a Senior Scientist and the inaugural Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science at IBH in collaboration with University of Toronto’s (U of T) Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). In addition to his role at IBH, Dr. Wodchis is a Professor at IHPME and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

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