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Dr. Ruth Lavergne

CGSHE Faculty Member

Dr. Ruth Lavergne is a CGSHE Faculty Member and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2015.  Dr. Lavergne is a quantitative health services researcher with a focus on primary care and health human resources. Her research aims to inform policies that strengthen access to primary care system-wide while addressing disparities for populations poorly served within existing models of care.  She has methodological expertise in quasi-experimental research design and use of administrative data in health research. Dr. Lavergne collaborates as a quantitative co-PI on the CGSHE IRIS study led by Dr. Goldenberg (funding: Simon Fraser University). IRIS aims to understand im/migrant women’s needs, priorities, and health and social barriers experienced when accessing or attempting to access sexual and reproductive health care post-arrival in British Columbia. Dr. Lavergne also collaborates on mixed-methods research based at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions examining the intersection of primary and acute care for patients with mental health and substance use disorders (finding: CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement).

Dr. Lavergne is PI of the Early Career Primary Care (ECPC) study (funding: CIHR). This cross-provincial study explores the fact that we have more primary care physicians per person than ever before, yet access challenges persist. It is identifying factors that shape changing practice patterns within the primary care physician workforce using quantitative analysis of administrative health data and qualitative interviews with physicians. Gender is of central importance in this project as the feminization of the physician workforce is a dominant narrative in the context of changing primary care practice, but associated research evidence is limited. Dr. Lavergne works in close partnership with patients toward the goal of producing results that can be directly applied to primary care policy. She is PI of the PRioritiEs For Research (PREFER) project and works in partnership with the BC Primary Health Care Research Network Patient Advisory to identify patient priorities for primary care research in BC (funding: CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research). Her new and ongoing projects respond directly to patient priorities and feature interdisciplinary teams that involve patients, providers, and policymakers at all stages of research. Dr. Lavergne currently supervises graduate (MPH, MSc, and PhD) students as well as undergraduate honours projects. She teaches about health policy and quantitative research methods. She is @ruthlavergne on Twitter.