Presenter Biographies

Profile of Walter WodchisDr. Walter Wodchis

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto

Walter Wodchis is a Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation at the Institute for Better Health. He is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is co-lead for iCOACH (implementing Integrated Care for Older Adults with Complex Health Needs). He has previously lead case studies of integrated care in 7 countries. These programs have developed foundational knowledge on the characteristics of integrated care programs but also on the conditions for implementing integrated care. Dr. Wodchis is the Principal Investigator for the Health System Performance Research Network focused on evaluating health system performance and interventions that improve integration of care for complex populations across multiple health care sectors. Dr. Wodchis’ research interests include health economics and financing, health care policy evaluation, and long-term care. Past significant publications include quality of life measurement for older populations, incentives and government payment for physicians and long-term care including pay for performance, and the relationship between quality and cost.

Profile of Ross BakerDr. Ross Baker

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

G. Ross Baker is a professor in the IHPME at the UofT and Program Lead for the MSc. Program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Baker has carried several major studies of patient safety events in acute care, home care and pediatric hospital care. Recent research has focused on examining the implementation challenges and successes for patient safety interventions. Ross has also led the iCoach Ontario team’s organizational analysis, focusing on identifying and measuring factors underlying the development of successful community based primary care organizations.

Profile of Jodeme GoldharMs. Jodeme Goldhar

Executive Lead, Strategy and Planning, Change Foundation

Jodeme Goldhar joined The Change Foundation as the Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation. Jodeme brings over 25 years of experience in the Ontario health care and health policy sector and is an adjunct lecturer and co-instructor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Most recently Jodeme was the Chief Strategy Officer, and Lead, Health System Integration for Complex Populations and Primary Care at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. Jodeme serves on the Board of Directors and as the Canadian senior associate for The International Foundation for Integrated Care and is currently working to bring the importance of co design to the global movement on integrated care.
Jodeme has co founded, IFIC Canada, the North American Centre for Integrated Care and is leading with partners, the integrated care virtual collaboratives , North American case studies on integrated care aligned and hosting IFICs first north American conference on integrated care. Jodeme is the inaugural international fellow of Helen Bevan and the NHS Horizons team in the UK and Jodeme holds mast er ‘s degrees in both Social Work and Health Science in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and is a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Creating Shared Value Executive Program at Harvard Business School.

Profile of Jay ShawDr. Jay Shaw

Physiotherapist and Scientist, Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, Women’s College Hospital

Jay Shaw is a physiotherapist and Scientist at Women’s College Hospital’s Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Jay
worked as a physiotherapist in the home care sector before completing his PhD work on fall prevention for older people in the comm unit y, proceeding on to study transitions out of hospital and community-based integrated care for older people with complex health needs in his postdoctoral research. Drawing on social science methods to understand why and how health and social care providers can better work together, his research helps to inform practical approaches to integrating care at policy, organizational , and provider levels. Jay also studies the use of digital technologies to provide better coordinated care in health systems, and is Research Director of Artificial
Intelligence , Ethics and Health at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at University of Toronto.

Profile of Anne WotjakDr. Anne Wotjak

Principal, Adaptive Strategy Partners
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Wojtak is a senior leader with 20+ years’ experience in the home and community care sector in Ontario, Canada. She currently runs her own consulting practice focused on health system strategy and policy. Her expertise spans corporate strategy, health system policy, integrated care, governance, and corporate performance as well as risk management, quality improvement, change leadership, and communications. Dr. Wojtak is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) Program where she teaches Health Systems Strategy and also lectures on performance measurement, quality, and health care policy. She has a Doctorate in Public Health (Health Leadership) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters of Health Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours Biology) from the University of Western Ontario.

Profile of Kerry KuluskiDr. Kerry Kuluski

Research Chair and Scientist, Trillium Health Partners Institute for Better Health (IBH)

Kerry Kuluski is the Dr. Mathias Gysler Research Chair in Patient and Family Centered Care at the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners. She is also an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto) She is an Applied Health Services Researcher and a Social Worker by training. She received her PhD in Health Services and Policy Research from the University of Toronto followed by a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford where she worked with the Health Experiences Research Group. Following that she was a Scientist at Sinai Health System where she spent 9 years building a research program in patient and caregiver experience. She studies the health care experiences of patients and families and works in partnership with them to co-design health care service improvements.

 

Profile of Carolyn Steele GrayDr. Carolyn Steele Gray

Scientist, Research and Innovation, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Bridgepoint

Carolyn Steele Gray is a Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in the Sinai Health System in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor (status) in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her program of work focuses on the implementation of integrated person-centred models of care designed for and with adults with complex health and social care needs. Through an implementation science lens, Dr. Steele Gray explores how provider teams function and communicate within and across organizational boundaries, with an emphasis on how digital health solutions can enable (or hinder) those processes.

As a Co-Investigator with the iCOACH team she has worked with the team to explore provider and organizational processes and mechanisms to drive models of integrated care internationally. Dr. Steele Gray seeks to advance this field of inquiry through both local intervention studies and through building international collaborations. Currently, she co-leads two international research networks and collaborations: 1) the Special Interest Group in Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care under the International Federation of Integrated Care (IFIC), and 2) the International Collaborative on advancing Goal-Oriented Care with colleagues from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Ghent University in Belgium, and the University of Oklahoma in the USA.