Maisam Najafizada, MA, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Policy/Public Health/Population Health

Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
300 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA   |   A1B 3V6
Health Sciences Centre
t: 709 864-3376
f: 709 864-4991


Dr. Maisam Najafizada is an Assistant Professor of public/population health at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research activities include evaluation of primary health care programs within national health systems, health services research on quality of care including patient-centered approach, and systematic reviews. Within the broader field of population and public health, his interests are:

Community health
Comprehensive Primary Health Care
Human Resources for Health
International Comparison of Health Systems
Health Policy Analysis

Current Research Projects

Identifying patient-centered care models in the Canadian context
Patient-centered care offers a paradigmatic change in health care systems with the potential to address the major issues such as chronic diseases and aging, quality of care, and increasing costs. At the heart of patient-centered care is the principles of individual’s autonomy, human dignity, and patient empowerment (1) – values strongly upheld by Canadians. Despite many isolated patient-centered reforms in various Canadian health care settings, there is no comprehensive study of patient-centered care models in Canada. The goal of this study is to compile patient-centered care approach in Canada and assess their impact on health care improvement.

Helping community health workers address social causes of poor maternal and child health
To support community health workers in addressing the root causes of poor health, the CLEAR toolkit has been developed by an international collaboration of researchers and policymakers. The CLEAR toolkit is designed as a practical clinical decision-aid to help community health workers in not only treating the medical issues, but also asking their patients about underlying social problems, referring to local support services and advocating for larger social change. This can serve to promote community development and counteract the “inverse care law” with the aim of improving the health of disadvantaged populations and reducing health inequities. The CLEAR toolkit is being piloted in a number of settings (Pakistan, Uganda, and Canada) around the world to determine how the toolkit can best be adapted and used in a wide range of contexts. The aim of this research is to pilot the CLEAR toolkit in rural Afghanistan with the following objectives.

Courses Taught:

MED6288 Policy and Decision-Making
MED6721 Disease and Injury Prevention
MED6220 Introduction to Community Health
MED6293 Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake

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