North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO) Launch Event

February 6, 2017

North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO) Launch Event

The North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO) is a collaborative partnership of interested researchers, research organizations, governments, and health organizations promoting evidence-informed health system policy decision-making. Due to the high degree of health system decentralization in the United States and Canada, the NAO is committed to focusing considerable attention to state and provincial health systems and to creating a foundation for more systematic health system and policy comparisons among substates.


  • The Honourable Roy Romanow, Former Premier and Chair of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada; Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
  • Maureen O’Neil, President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • Dr. Richard Saltman, Professor, Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta; Associate Director of Research Policy, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels


  • Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto
  • Greg Marchildon, Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at IHPME and the Founding Director of the NAO