• Portrait of Noralou Roos
  • Professor emerita

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room 408 - 727 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5

    Phone: 204-789-3773  
    Fax: 204-789-3910

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Research summary

The Manitoba Get Your Benefits! initiative (GYB) builds on work undertaken by Dr. Gary Bloch, a family physician in Ontario. With the support of the Winnipeg Foundation and several government agencies, GYB has worked to help people understand that it is possible to treat poverty and to help individuals gain access to benefits for which they are eligible.


Dr. Noralou Roos is a professor emerita in community health sciences at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and a founding director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.

She received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to create Canada’s first data laboratory, containing population-based data on health, education, and social services, and held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Citations to Roos’s work place her among the top 100 Canadian scientists according to the Institute for Scientific Information.

She was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Forum on Health and the Interim Governing Council, setting up the Canadian Institutes for Health Research; she received the Order of Canada; and she was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

She has worked with Health Canada and groups across the country to fund and implement a research network to monitor post-market Drug Safety and Effectiveness (with a $31 million commitment from the Minister of Health in 2009, and $10/million a year ongoing funding).

She worked on a CIHR funded project with the media to ensure evidence on high profile health policy issues is accurately communicated. The policy experts were made up of more than 80 academics and researchers from across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Roos worked with them to publish over 2,800 commentaries in Canadian newspapers.

Currently she is co-director of the Winnipeg Foundation supported Get Your Benefits project to work with health care providers and community groups to ensure poverty is diagnosed and treated by helping people access the benefits for which they are eligible.


Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1968)

Bachelor of Arts with distinction and departmental honors, Stanford University (1963)



150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Award


Vanier Medal from the Institute of Public Administration (IPAC)


Biomedical Science Ambassador Award, Partners in Research (PIR) National Award (May)


Election to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) (May)

2001 - 2007:

Canada Research Chair in Population Health, Tier 1, $1,400,000

1988 - 2002:

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Associate Award, $361,000

1973 - 1998:

National Health Research Scientist (NHRDP), $1,224,342


Sears-Roebuck Foundation Federal Faculty Fellow, National Centre for Health Services Research and Development

1966 - 1967:

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow


NDFL Language Fellow, University of California (Summer)

1963 - 1964:

Woodrow Wilson Fellow


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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada