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The Implications of Taxing Employer-Paid Health and Dental Benefits

The federal government is reviewing the taxation of employer-paid health and dental benefits. This briefing looks at financial implications for Canadian tax payers who receive these benefits.

Briefing | 41 pages | February 2017 | Alexandru Dobrescu | The Conference Board of Canada

Incidences de l'imposition des régimes d'assurance-maladie payés par l’employeur

Cette note d’information étudie les incidences possibles de l’imposition des régimes d’assurance-maladie et de soins dentaires payés par l’employeur.

Résumé | 44 pages | February 2017 | Alexandru Dobrescu | Le Conference Board du Canada

Adjusting the Prescription: Improving the ACA

The cost of US health care—for families, businesses, and government—has been spiraling upward for decades. At the same time, many Americans remain uninsured and the quality of coverage available has been declining.

Briefing | 14 pages | February 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Corporate Olympian – High Performance Under Pressure

The Olympic Games in Rio were a grand spectacle, with countries from across the world showcasing their ‘best of the best’. Many of these athletes had less than a minute to make the performance of their lifetime. With years of preparation, and a country behind them, the intense pressure to physically perform could be disastrous without the proper mental preparation backing up their talent. Most of us will never compete in the Olympic games, but we are all under pressure from our employers to perform at a high level. So what can the successes of world class athletes teach us? Can Canadian employers operationalize some of these keys to success to create excellence in the business world? Jean François (JF) Ménard is a mental performance specialist who works directly with athletes to help them achieve excellence. At the Rio games, JF helped Canadian athletes bring home a gold and bronze medal! In this webinar he will explain how performing in the Olympics and performing in the corporate world have many parallels. Corporations are expected to produce excellence on a day to day basis, and some could argue that employees are expected to perform at a high level more often than Olympic athletes.

Recorded Webinar | January 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Value of Radiology in Canada

Radiology is an integral component of the health system. This report presents a framework for better establishing the value of radiology in improving population health and the health care system. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Briefing | 50 pages | January 2017 | Abhi Bhandari, Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

La valeur de la radiologie au Canada

La radiologie fait partie intégrante du système de soins de santé. Ce rapport présente un cadre permettant de mieux en cerner la valeur pour ce qui est d’améliorer la santé de la population et le système de soins de santé. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Résumé | 56 pages | January 2017 | Abhi Bhandari, Thy Dinh | Le Conference Board du Canada

Managing Mobility in an Aging Society: Addressing Transportation Needs of Canadian Seniors

As Canada’s population ages, a growing number of seniors are facing transportation challenges. Seniors’ access to affordable and appropriate transportation options is essential to supporting their health and quality of life. Across Canada, the primary mode of transportation for adults at most ages is driving. But while most seniors who drive are safe to do so, many stop due to deteriorating mental and/or physical capacity, and those looking for transportation alternatives find that they are often scarce, inaccessible, inconvenient, and for some, unaffordable. How are seniors currently meeting their transportation needs and preferences? How do transportation strategies and behaviours change as Canadians age? To what extent and why are many seniors’ transportation needs going unmet? What are the implications of these needs, behaviours, gaps, and other issues for policies and strategies aimed at meeting seniors’ changing transportation needs? Join Daniel Munro as he addresses these questions and discusses principles and options for improving transportation policy for Canadian seniors.

Recorded Webinar | January 2017 | Daniel Munro | The Conference Board of Canada

City Health Monitor

Find out which cities place well in the latest City Health Monitor. This briefing discusses the key findings for 10 Canadian metropolitan areas.

Briefing | 30 pages | December 2016 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Stopping Sedentary School Kids: Getting Kids to Move More and Sit Less

We know that physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are linked to many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Yet despite the health risks, levels of physical activity (PA) among children and youth remain low. In fact, Canadian children received a “D-” on this year’s ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, as only 4 per cent of girls and 9 per cent of boys accumulated 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least six days a week. This report card essentially shows no change in PA levels in comparison to the previous year. So what can be done? The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver strategic programs to increase physical activity and to reduce sedentary behaviour. Comprehensive and sustainable interventions, such as classroom activity breaks and active transportation, may bring the greatest benefits in the long term. But which programs and interventions are the most cost-effective? And how can we best leverage the education system to make in-roads when sedentary behaviour an inactivity levels have remained unchanged for so long?

Recorded Webinar | December 2016 | Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Healthy Brains at Work—The Impact of Workplace Mental Health Initiatives

No one, and no workplace, is immune to mental illness. And as research continues to show, poor mental health can negatively impact an individual’s health, well-being, and productivity. Organizations that pay attention to the mental health and wellness of their employees are likely to realize significant benefits through a healthier, more productive workforce. How does your organization fare? Join us for this third briefing in our Healthy Brains at Work research series, as we explore the potential impact of improving outcomes for working Canadians living with mental illness. We also explore the potential impact of improving outcomes for Canadians whose symptoms prevent them from entering the workforce. In this 60-minute session, Conference Board researcher Greg Sutherland will present original research on the potential impact of poor mental health on the Canadian economy.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Moving Ahead: School-Based Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour

Decreased physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour are linked to overweight, obesity, and chronic diseases. This report evaluates school-based interventions to address these issues among children and youth.

Report | 64 pages | November 2016 | Jessica Brichta | The Conference Board of Canada

Aller de l’avant : Interventions en milieu scolaire pour réduire l’inactivité physique et la sédentarité

La baisse de l'activité physique et l'accroissement de la sédentarité sont associés à l’embonpoint, à l’obésité et aux maladies chroniques. Ce rapport examine les interventions en milieu scolaire destinées à résoudre ces problèmes chez les enfants et les jeunes.

Résumé | 61 pages | November 2016 | Jessica Brichta | Le Conference Board du Canada

Bending the Cost Curve in Canadian Health Care: The Economics of Health

Canadian provinces typically devote approximately 7.7 per cent of their GDP to health expenditures—a figure that some say could climb to around 10 per cent by 2030. However, we are not doing enough to prepare ourselves for the type of high acuity and cognitively impaired patients who will soon need long-term care, and which require different set of investments, capital stock, and health human resources than we currently deploy. Currently, expenditure growth on public health care appears to be slowing, though it is unclear whether this slowdown is the result of the provinces’ success in sustainably bending the cost curve, or a result of short-term cost-cutting in response to reduced economic growth and federal health transfers. So where can we start? And what can be done to address this issue before it becomes a major crisis? Free Book for all Participants! Each registration includes a complimentary copy of Dr. Marchildon’s book, Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care: Canada’s Provinces in International Perspective.

Recorded Webinar | October 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Beverage Association Balance Calories Initiative: Baseline Report

The Canadian Beverage Association has set a goal to reduce the daily per capita calories consumed through liquid refreshment beverages (LRBs)—that is, all non-alcoholic refreshment beverages except dairy products and hot coffee and tea—by 20 per cent between 2015 and 2025. This briefing establishes a baseline for the Balance Calories initiative and shows what additional level of effort will be required to meet the target beyond what can be expected through consumption trends.

Briefing | 31 pages | October 2016 | Michael Grant | The Conference Board of Canada

Association canadienne des boissons Initiative Équilibre en calories : Rapport de référence

L’Association canadienne des boissons veut réduire de 20 % par personne l’apport calorique quotidien provenant des boissons rafraîchissantes de 2015 à 2025. Cette note d’information indique l’effort supplémentaire requis pour y parvenir.

Résumé | 34 pages | October 2016 | Michael Grant | Le Conference Board du Canada

Gaining Efficiency: Increasing the Use of Physician Assistants in Canada

This second report of the series on the value of physician assistants (PAs) calculates the cost savings that could be generated for the health system by hiring more PAs.

Report | 47 pages | October 2016 | Marc Desormeaux, Matthew Stewart, Kelly Grimes, Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Recours accru aux adjoints au médecin : estimation des économies générées

Ce rapport, le second d’une série sur la valeur des adjoints au médecin (AM), évalue les économies potentielles qui peuvent être générées dans le réseau de la santé par l’embauche d’un plus nombre d’AM.

Résumé | 52 pages | October 2016 | Marc Desormeaux, Matthew Stewart, Kelly Grimes, Gabriela Prada | Le Conference Board du Canada

Managing Mobility: Transportation in an Aging Society

Canada’s population is aging rapidly, creating more pressing transportation challenges and risks. This briefing discusses some key challenges and opportunities for improving transportation policy for seniors.

Briefing | 47 pages | October 2016 | Daniel Munro | The Conference Board of Canada

Gérer la mobilité : Le transport dans une société vieillissante

La population canadienne vieillit rapidement, accentuant les défis et les risques en matière de transport. Cette note de recherche traite des défis et possibilités d’amélioration des politiques de transport à l’intention des personnes âgées.

Résumé | 47 pages | October 2016 | Daniel Munro | Le Conference Board du Canada

Walkability Pays: The Financial Benefits of Healthy Communities

This webinar will present new and exciting modeling tools developed by Urban Design 4 Health to support healthy communities in land use and transportation decision-making. It will review why health should be addressed in scenario planning; highlight several tools explicitly built to predict how investing in walkable neighbourhoods would support active transportation and resulting decreases in obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular rates; and present current examples of monetized health benefits from plans that support active transportation. The webinar will describe the California Public Health Assessment Module (CPHAM), a spatially resolute tool that can valuate health impacts of changes in physical activity and chronic disease from contrasting land use and transportation investment scenarios. CPHAM’s application in supporting regional transportation planning in Los Angeles and Madison, Wisconsin will be presented. The webinar will highlight a similar tool developed for application in West Don Lands located east of Downtown Toronto and Surrey Centre in Surrey, British Columbia. It will also introduce several new tools for supporting health in policy conversations. The National Built, Natural & Social Environment Database comprising of standardized built, natural, and social environmental indicators will be presented. The use of the database as an input into the National Public Health Assessment Module (NPHAM) will also be discussed. Finally, the webinar will discuss extending health modeling by monetizing predicted health benefits. It will show how health modeling in the Los Angeles case was extended to calculate direct, indirect, and induced health and financial benefits of active transportation. University of British Columbia research linking walkability to BCGenerations Project and provincial health records and costs in Vancouver will also be discussed.

Recorded Webinar | October 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

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