CIHR Chairs in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health

CIHR has awarded six research chairs in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research. These Chairs are helping to ensure research is used for the benefit of young patients and their families. By working closely with decision makers, the Chairs are studying issues of relevance to health system managers, policy makers and healthcare providers in the areas of reproductive health services; child health services; and youth health services. Applied health services and policy research has the potential to help improve the overall functioning of the health care system.

CIHR would also like to thank its partners: CIHR’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health and Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, the SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC).

The Chairs are helping to:

  • Foster linkages and create an environment of collaboration and exchange with health system managers and policy makers to develop and frame their research questions, design the research, interpret and disseminate the results, and support its timely and effective application into policies, programs and practice;
  • Support Canadian universities in developing and strengthening education programs in applied health services and policy research;
  • Stimulate innovative approaches to applied health services research, mentorship, education and knowledge linkage and exchange; and
  • Educate and mentor the current and next generation of applied health services researchers in applied research methods and in facilitating knowledge exchange and linkage with decision makers.

Read full list of awardees and their project abstracts

Bridging the gaps between evidence, policy, and injury prevention

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Dr. Alison Macpherson, York University (Toronto, ON)

"My research aims to better understand policies related to the prevention of childhood injuries. I will work with policy-makers, researchers, and non-profit organizations to promote evidence-based policies related to children's safety."

For more information: Research on children’s injuries will push policy: York U project

Maternal and Perinatal Placental Ethnicity Development ("MAPPED") programme: a policy-directed clinical research programme to attain healthy mothers and healthy newborns in Canada

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Dr. Joel Ray, St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto)

"The research content of my "MAPPED Programme" is divided into 3 domains: Domain A) Outcomes arising in pregnancy; Domain B) Outcomes studied around the time of delivery; Domain C) Outcomes arising after delivery. Each domain includes a number of prevalent, measurable, and, in many cases, modifiable or actionable factors captured within or after pregnancy: obesity, hypertension, socio-demographic factors like immigration status/ethnicity, mental/neurological illness and vascular disease. These factors can be evaluated on individually or together, depending on the policy or research question. New factors in the diagram will be considered in consultation with interest groups & trainees across Canada."

Dr. Ray's Chair is co-funded by the SickKids Foundation and CIHR

For more information: Dr. Joel Ray awarded CIHR chair in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research.

Evidence-Informed Health Services Delivery for Canadian Children and Youth

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Dr. Astrid Guttmann, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (Toronto, ON)

"My goal with this Applied Chair award is to conduct policy-relevant research to evaluate current health system reform strategies in Ontario that aim to improve access to and coordination of services for children and youth with chronic health and mental health conditions in order to improve children's health outcomes. I will build on existing collaborations with senior decision-makers to ensure the research is relevant and informs policy development both in Ontario and more widely. I am passionate about training child health services and policy researchers and will use this award to support trainees and build a national network of health services and policy researchers interested in improving the health of children and youth in Canada."

For more information: Dr. Astrid Guttmann appointed a CIHR Research Chair in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research.

Health Services Research for Optimizing Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health

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Dr. KS Joseph, University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

"Quality control and cost containment are the key public health imperatives for ensuring a sustainable health care system and for improving the health of Canadians. Along with colleagues in perinatology, health services and health policy, I propose to develop a research program in maternal, fetal and infant health that will enrich the scientific knowledge base for making informed decisions regarding such quality control and cost containment issues."

International Network for Evaluation of Outcomes (iNeo) of Neonates: A Quality Improvement Project via Collaborative Comparison of International Health Services for Neonatal Care

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Dr. Prakeshkumar Shah, Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Ontario)

"This multinational project will compare outcomes, practices and non-tangible environmental, physical and human factors between countries and neonatal units to identify the best possible practices to improve outcomes of very low birth weight infants in Canada and globally. Through collaborative learning teams from units with the highest adverse outcomes will be able to interact with teams from units with the lowest adverse outcomes to develop and apply best practice strategies that incorporate local context and culminate in improved patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes via refined health service delivery."

For more information: Mount Sinai Clinician Working to Improve the Health of Premature Babies Around the World.

A Child and Youth Centered Approach to Applied Health Services and Policy Research

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(photo credit: University of Manitoba

Dr. Roberta Woodgate, University of Manitoba

"The first and primary goal of this Chair award is to conduct innovative high quality applied health services and policy research that involves health system managers, policy makers and healthcare providers as well as children and youth who are directly impacted by the research," said Dr. Woodgate. "In achieving this goal, I focus on three priority areas of study: 1) children and youth living with chronic physical and mental illness; 2) children and youth living with disabilities and complex health needs; and 3) promoting health and access to health care for children and youth."

For more information: New research chair focused on the health of children and youth.

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Contact Information

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