Welcome to the HELP Lab!

The Health Ethics, Law, & Policy Lab, also known as the HELP Lab, joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in 2019. This new interdisciplinary research lab aims to support current research and expertise at Western with the aim of addressing pressing challenges in health ethics, health law, and health policy. Through transdisciplinary collaboration across these domains, Western’s HELP Lab conducts a diverse array of transformative research at the intersection of health ethics, law, and policy, and provides expertise in these areas to research, policy, and practice at Western and beyond.

The HELP Lab is presently Co-Directed by three emerging early researchers that are emerging as leaders in their field and are positioned to have national and international impact, Dr. Shannon Sibbald, Dr. Jacob Shelley, and Dr. Maxwell Smith. Graduate and Undergraduate students of the HELP Lab come from various disciplines including: health and rehabilitation sciences, law, kinesiology, health studies, and public health.

Current projects focus on issues related to chronic disease management and integrated care, community paramedicine, palliative care, health inequity, and community pharmacists.

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Vision Statement
The HELP Lab is committed to improving health systems and their approach to solving issues pertaining to health equity through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative and integrative research in the fields of health ethics, health law, and health policy.

Mission Statement
We facilitate collaborative research and expertise of individuals, groups, and institutions across Western’s campus to pursue research questions to understand ethical, legal, and policy challenges that emerge in the organization and delivery of public health and health care. We work to produce useful research findings that support policies, professional practice, and programs aimed at providing real-world benefit and enhance the provision of high-quality care for Canadians.


Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.