Government of Canada invests more than $4.7M to give next generation of health researchers hands-on experience tackling health system challenges

News release

November 18, 2022 — Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Government of Canada continues to invest in our country’s brightest minds to bring innovative perspectives to our health care system.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health announced a total investment of over $4.7M in the Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship program, which provides talented PhD trainees and postdoctoral researchers a unique opportunity to work directly within health organizations to tackle real-world health system challenges.

This funding will support 18 PhD students and 25 postdoctoral fellows who are embedded in 30 health organizations and connected to 16 universities. Their research spans a wide range of health care priorities, from improving transitions in care and supporting the wellbeing of our health workforce to improving health care in rural areas and innovating long-term care. Their work will help us to continue improving the delivery of equitable health care in Canada.

These are a few of the 2022 HSI Fellows:

  • Raegan Mazurka, Postdoctoral Fellow (Dalhousie University), is collaborating with Nova Scotia Health to harness health system data to optimize outcomes for depression in Nova Scotia.
  • Orphée Tamba, PhD Fellow (University of British Columbia), is working with the B.C. Ministry of Health to reduce early childhood inequities in British Columbia by establishing a sustainable process for ongoing collaboration between government ministries, health research organizations and systems delivery partners.
  • Faizan Khan, Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Calgary), is carrying out a project with Alberta Health Services’ Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network that aims to improve care and health outcomes for critically ill patients transitioning from the intensive care unit.
  • Corentin Montiel, PhD Fellow (Université du Québec à Montréal) is working with the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public to develop and mobilize patient knowledge before and during their trajectory of care.
  • Allison H. MacNeil, PhD Fellow (McGill University), is leading a project with the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal that will help drive youth mental health systems transformation through grounded evidence gathering, collaborative stakeholder engagement, and effective strategic planning.
  • Valentina Antonipillai, Postdoctoral Fellow (McMaster University), is collaborating with research teams at McMaster University and Statistics Canada to analyze data on long-term care workers and engage stakeholders to strengthen the evidence base and help guide policy reform in long-term care.

Funding for these recipients is provided by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, Michael Smith Health Research BC, Mitacs, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and 30 health organizations across Canada.


“Research plays a crucial role in strengthening healthcare. Through the Health System Impact Fellowship program, we are supporting doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to help address current health system challenges through important and innovative research. I look forward to seeing the impacts of their work on the lives of patients across Canada."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

“The Health System Impact Fellowship program is a key and foundational strategy to integrating evidence into decision-making for improved health care system performance and outcomes and strengthening capacity for solution-oriented research and evidence-informed systems transformation. We’re very pleased to join our program partners to announce and congratulate our newest cohort, who will undoubtedly do great things to advance evidence-informed decisions to improve our health systems.”

Dr. Rick Glazier
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research

“The Health System Impact Fellowship supports the development of research talent within health organizations to transform our health care system towards a learning health systems model. CIHR is pleased to lead a program that is focused on informing and transforming Canada’s health systems through evidence. It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the 2022 cohort of Health System Impact Fellows.”

Dr. Tammy Clifford
Vice-President, Research – Learning Health Systems, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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Guillaume Bertrand
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

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