New Investments in Public Health Research


In her 2021 Annual Report, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam outlined her vision to transform public health in Canada. To help achieve this vision and revitalize public systems across the country, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are collaborating to support research initiatives that respond to priorities identified in the CPHO’s report, which were partly informed by a broad national dialogue convened by the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health.

Applied Public Health Chairs: Supporting Public Health Research Leaders

CIHR and PHAC are co-funding seven new Applied Public Health Chairs. The recipients of the Chairs are leaders in public health research. They will carry out research programs in important areas of public health and work with public health agencies to implement their findings in new or improved policies and programs. The Chairs will each receive funding of $1.15M over six years to support their research programs for a total of $8 million.

Chair Research Area
Dr. Ève Dubé
Université Laval
Vaccine hesitancy and finding effective ways to enable informed vaccination decisions
Dr. Mark Gilbert
University of British Columbia
Creating environments to make getting tested for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections easier and more accessible
Dr. Matthew Herder
Dalhousie University
Legal, procedural, and policy frameworks to foster infectious disease innovation in response to public health emergencies
Dr. Andrew Pinto
Unity Health Toronto
Advancing strategies that focus on addressing the social determinants of health within primary healthcare settings
Dr. Kelly Skinner
University of Waterloo
Intersection between food security, climate change, and Indigenous communities in northern and remote regions
Dr. Kate Storey
University of Alberta
Indigenous youth mentorship as a pathway to education, employment, and good health
Dr. Meghan Winters
Simon Fraser University
Integration of gender equity into interventions designed to make cities healthier

Research Funding Opportunity: Transforming Public Health Research Grants

The 2021 CPHO Annual Report offers a forward-looking vision of a renewed and strengthened public health system. The report includes priorities for transformational change to the public health system, rooted in equity and based on the best available evidence and input from the broader public health community.

To support the common goal of a strengthened public health system, the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health and the CIHR Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies are supporting a research funding opportunity that will provide $2 million for research on priorities in the 2021 CPHO Annual Report. The funding opportunity will be launched in January 2022.

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