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This fall the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) will be introducing the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award – named in honour of the former chair the Institute. The award, made, made possible through the support of several donors and Longwoods Publishing, will recognize one recipient, annually, for achievements in developing transformative evidence on ways and means to improve healthcare and health systems. In anticipation of the upcoming ceremony, IHPME reflected on Leatt’s contributions to the university and across the Canadian health system and I am pleased to republish their column here.

The most important lesson that Peggy Leatt imparted on her students and colleagues was the need for innovative thinking and leadership. Leatt – an effective educator, researcher and leader – came to the Department of Health Administration at U of T, almost forty years ago, with a vision for advancing leadership in health policy and administration in Canada.

Dr. Leatt was recruited as a professor in 1980 and went on to serve as chair from 1988 to 1998. She understood that mid- and late- career professionals could truly benefit from leadership and health administration training. She enabled the development of a modular MSc program at IHPME, so that healthcare professionals could pursue graduate studies while employed. At the time, the concept of making graduate studies accessible to working professionals was less common and considered truly innovative. She took an interest in ensuring that health sciences was approached as a professional field of study and so was instrumental in introducing the PhD program at IHPME.

She was the first woman to chair the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Board and the first Canadian Chair of the commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education Board – two international leadership roles designed to improve healthcare education. Leatt was also the founding editor of two Longwoods journals — Healthcare Quarterly and HealthcarePapers. Behind the scenes collaboration between Longwoods, and Dr. Leatt continues to this day.

In 1998, she was named CEO of the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission responsible for the creation of reports that synthesized and translated the evidence that continues to describe what our health system should look like.

In 2002, Leatt became professor, and later chair, of the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina, while continuing various leadership responsibilities in Canada.


Anton Hart, Pubisher

Longwoods Publishing


This note was taken substantially from the newsletter IHPME CONNECT, 06.2016

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 10:38 am and is filed under Publisher's Page.