IHPME and HQO’s second-​annual Moonshot event draws enthusiastic crowd, Blue Jays fans

October 21/2015

More than 250 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered on October 14 at Steam Whistle Brewing for a thrilling evening of networking, awards and recognition at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s (IHPME) Moonshot 2015 event.


“Moonshot is about celebrating our achievements, recognizing the amazing work of our collective community across IHPME, it’s alumni, HQO and additional close friends of the Institute and charting the course for future success,” said Jodeme Goldhar, IHPME’s Society of Graduates President and Chief Strategy Officer at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre.

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) co-hosted Moonshot 2015 with IHPME and the annual shared event has quickly become the Institute’s signature networking opportunity for health system leaders to celebrate, share ideas and learn from local and global health policy scholars.

“It’s hard to imagine doing quality improvement work alone. Partnerships are absolutely crucial, which is why Moonshot, a partnership-driven event from start to finish, is so important,” said Dr. Joshua Tepper, HQO President and CEO. Earlier that day, HQO hosted more than 2,300 Canadian health leaders at Health Quality Transformation 2015.

Keynote speaker Nick Barber, Director of Research at the Health Foundation, delivered an enlightening lecture on what Canada can learn from recent National Health Service changes and humbly overcame distractions of the nearby Toronto Blue Jays quarter-final playoff game.

“People in policy must make decisions quickly, be comfortable with complexity, work non-linearly and apply different approaches,” said Professor Barber when describing the challenges of policy work.

Following Professor Barber’s keynote, Canadian public health journalist Andre Picard joined him on stage and asked thoughtful questions about policy change after crises and how to convince higher-ups to move forward with new policy.

Four IHPME alumni were honoured with IHPME Society of Graduates’ Leadership, Innovation and Literary Awards.  Congratulations to Patrice Lindsay for winning the Leadership Award, Clare Atzema for winning the Innovation Award, and Anna Durbin and Moira Kapral for each winning the Literary Award.

“Our community does two things tremendously well. We have an unrelenting commitment to learning and improvement and we have strong relationships with decision makers across our system,” said Adalsteinn Brown, IHPME Director and Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy in his closing remarks.

Thank-you to all Moonshot 2015 sponsors: KPMG, Spectrum Health Care, Bayshore HealthCare, HQO, Saint Elizabeth, ParaMed Home Health Care and Think Research.

Click here to view Moonshot event photos on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Flickr page.

Top photo (left to right): Professor Adalsteinn Brown, IHPME Director, Andre Picard, leading Canadian public policy journalist,  Jodeme Goldhar, Chief Strategy Officer at the Toronto CCAC and President of the IHPME Society of Graduates, Nick Barber, Director of Research at the Health Foundation and Dr. Joshua Tepper, HQO President and CEO.