Today the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) inducted six new Laureates whose contributions have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. These trailblazers underpin Canada’s role as a world-class leader in medicine and health science, and their outstanding accomplishments range from providing equitable health care for Indigenous People everywhere, to being known as a pioneer in the immunology of surgical infections.
We are thrilled to share that CHRIM member, Dr. Noralou P. Roos, Professor emerita at the University of Manitoba, has been named as one of the 2022 Laureates.
“Being inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a special honour and makes me appreciate how my career has evolved”, says Dr. Roos, who is also the Founding co-director at Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. “This work would not have been possible without the incredible contributions from many people, including CHRIM, who have shown their support over the years.”
“Dr. Noralou Roos has been a driving force and leader in creating ways we can use health data to measure how healthy our children and families are, laying the foundation for interventions to optimize their outcomes”, says Dr. Terry Klassen, Scientific Director and CEO at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. “Her impact in this area has influenced CHRIM research greatly and our themes all use this data to address the complex problems they are addressing”.
Noralou Roos is a trailblazer in using big data systems analysis to understand social determinants of health promoting effective universal health care policies. The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, founded by Dr. Roos and her husband Leslie Roos, tracks the health and health systems use of a million Manitobans for more than 50 years, leading to the development of a data repository making it possible to relate a population’s health care system use to its health care needs. Dr. Roos’ model for assemblage and analysis of administrative health care data serves as a global model supporting after-market safety and effectiveness tracking of new pharmaceuticals, actionable policies for optimal allocation of health care resources, notably children’s health care, and the diagnosis and treatment of poverty. Honoured and imitated by institutions and governments worldwide, Dr. Roos’ work, decades ahead of its time, helped to establish comprehensive large-scale data analysis as the pathway to effective population health care management, providing fundamentally new opportunities for understanding key health and health care research and policy issues. Dr. Roos’ EvidenceNetwork.ca broadly disseminated authoritative population health care information to the public, using media to promote informed public understanding of health care issues.