Gina Browne, PhD, Reg N, Hon LLD
Understanding What Works
Gina Browne is founder and director of the Health and Social Service Utilization Research Unit established in 1991 and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She is a Professor of Nursing; Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research (OTC) at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences. In 2009, she became the program lead of a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care-funded Applied Health Research Network program entitled Innovative and Integrated Systems of Prevention and Care. As a Family Therapist in primary care, Gina has a first-hand knowledge of the mix of challenges faced by many of the most vulnerable citizens and their families.
Her Research Units initiate, implement and coordinate studies of persons with co-existing problems simultaneously using health and social services. The studies test the effectiveness and efficiency of multisectoral and proactive service interventions provided through alliances between service agencies for vulnerable children, adults or seniors. Gina is responsible for the success of bringing partner health and social service agencies together as a group to discuss, review and implement innovative and integrated services to citizens with problems that are of priority to Governments.
Dr. Browne received the Champion of Human Services Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Research.
Her areas of research interest include:
- Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of interventions aimed at social determinants of health: integrated care
- economic evaluations
- family therapy
- chronic illness
- vulnerable persons
- home care