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Translating data into knowledge and action

Crowne Plaza Hotel
101 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, Ontario
September 21 – 22, 2009

Call for papers

Deadline: May 31, 2009

“Translating data into knowledge and action” is the theme of this year’s health data users’ conference sponsored by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In the health domain, there is an ever-growing recognition of and demand for the need to provide reliable data to those who can transform it into information that can be used for practice, planning and policy-making. This conference will promote the exchange of information between data providers and users in the health statistics field.

Plenary, parallel and poster sessions will take place each day. For the plenary and some of the parallel sessions, presenters will be invited. Other parallel sessions and all of the posters will be selected from the call for papers. 

We are soliciting papers that highlight innovative methods in health analysis, original and important research findings, and practical and policy applications derived from health data to be presented either during a parallel or poster session. Of particular interest will be analysis conducted on large-scale population health surveys such as the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), and on administrative databases such as Vital Statistics, the Canadian Cancer Registry and the wealth of health services data collected by CIHI. Topics include:

  • chronic disease prevention and risk factors
  • innovative methods and techniques in health analysis
  • social determinants of health
  • health care service utilization and outcomes
  • injury and related prevention strategies
  • small area analysis and applications of health data
  • health surveillance
  • health measurement

Abstracts for proposals (not exceeding 300 words in either English or French) must be submitted by May 31, 2009. Selection will be based on relevance to conference themes, soundness of the research, and a demonstration that the empirical work is completed or nearly completed.  The abstract should include the:

  • title of the paper (as you would like it to appear in conference materials),
  • the name(s), title(s) and address(es) of authors and an indication of the presenting author,
  • the language of the presentation (English, French or both), and
  • a description of the research, including the objective, methods, results and implications of findings.  

Authors should clearly indicate whether they want their abstract considered for a parallel or a poster session. Proposals submitted for a parallel session may be accepted for a poster session. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by June 30, 2009.  If a proposal is accepted, the title of the paper and abstract will be published in conference materials.

Abstracts can be submitted:

by e-mail to:

by mail to:

Health Statistics Data Users Conference
Attn: Christine Wright
Chief, Health Reports and Dissemination
Health Analysis Division
24th Fl, R.H. Coats Building
Statistics Canada
100 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway,
Ottawa ON K1A 0T6

Note: Authors presenting in the parallel or poster sessions will be required to register for the conference and pay the associated fees indicated on the website.