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2020 CARRFS Symposium
A pre-conference event with Public Health 2020

Monday, 27 April, 2020
9:00am-4:00pm (lunch provided)
At Manitoba Boardroom (Room 2M70), Manitoba Hall, University of Winnipeg
(10 minute walk from the RBC Conference Centre)

2020 CARRFS Symposium Theme:
The Art and Science of Data Linkage: Applications to Public Health Surveillance across Socio-economic and Environmental Determinants of Health


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Lix

“Innovations in Population-Based Data Linkage and Methods for Risk Factor Surveillance”
Dr. Lisa Lix, Professor & Acting Associate Department Head and Manitoba Research Chair, University of Manitoba

Lisa Lix is Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Director of the Data Science Platform in the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, and Senior Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Her research interests include health services research methodology, quality of administrative health databases, the analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes; she has published more than 340 papers in these areas. Dr. Lix collaborates widely on projects about population health and the association between chronic disease and quality of life. She has served the Statistical Society of Canada since 2005 in various capacities and was President of the Biostatistics Section in 2010. She is currently co-chair of the Data Quality Working Group for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System.


Invited Speaker: Dr. Elaina MacIntyre

Dr. Elaina MacIntyre, Manager, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario and Faculty Member, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Elaina MacIntyre is an epidemiologist specialist on the Environmental and Occupational Health team at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She holds a PhD from the School of Environmental Health at the University of British Columbia and has previously worked as an Environmental Epidemiologist at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health. At PHO, Elaina primarily works in the areas of: environmental epidemiology, environmental health surveillance, and non-communicable disease clusters.

Learning Objectives

After attending the CARRFS 2020 Symposium, public health professionals will be able to:

  • Describe the value of data linkage for public health surveillance activities that span socio-economic and environmental determinants of health;

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges of data linkage at the population level; and

  • Discuss the potential opportunities for data linkage to conduct environmental health surveillance, including climate change.

Call for Submission of Abstracts

  • Prospective participants of the CARRFS 2020 Symposium are invited to submit an abstract on the Symposium theme or a related topic for an oral presentation or a poster (paper or electronic) presentation. Please state your preference for the abstract whether it is oral presentation/paper poster/electronic poster. However, the Symposium Organizing Committee reserves the right to make final decision on allocating any abstract to oral, poster or electronic poster depending upon the available logistics.

    • An oral presentation is 12 minutes followed by a 3-minute discussion period. Presenting authors may use slides to accompany the presentation.

    • A paper poster is no larger than 36 x 48 inches and suitable for mounting.

    • An electronic poster is a 4-minute oral presentation with no more than 4 slides, in a Rapid-Fire Poster session.

  • Abstracts must be completed using the templates provided. Download the most appropriate template for your submission.

  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020. 

  • E-mail your submission to pph@bccdc.ca with the subject line ‘CARRFS 2020 Abstract Submission’.

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