Dr. Alan Katz is the Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Dr. Katz is a family physician and health services researcher who is the nominated principle investigator for research funding of over $3m and a co-investigator for over $10m worth of research funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Research Manitoba, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He has extensive experience in clinical practice, primary healthcare research, quality indicators of care, service delivery models, and health reform initiatives.
He led a very successful CIHR funded 5-year New Emerging Team Grant that included an interdisciplinary team of researchers using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He also leads a CIHR Community Based Primary Care Team grant that is focused on models of primary care delivery to First Nations and other remote communities. This multi-method proposal is based on collaboration with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
His research skills lie in the areas of primary care, including the use of both primary data collection and the analysis of administrative claims data and qualitative research. In his role at MCHP Dr. Katz meets regularly with decision makers in the provincial ministry of health as well the local regional health authorities to facilitate the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Much of the research at MCHP includes decision maker partners in the research process to ensure the relevance of the research to policy and the applicability to practice.