Healthy Cities Research Initiative: Goal and objectives
The HCRI is a strategic initiative with the overarching goal of improving health by maximizing the health-promoting potential of cities and urbanized areas in Canada and internationally. The HCRI will fund research that will generate a substantial body of evidence and build capacity within the research and practitioner communities around designing and implementing evidence-based interventions in urban contexts to improve population health and health equity. For the purpose of the HCRI, the term ‘cities’ is used broadly to refer to non-rural communities of various sizes.
Developed after extensive consultations with the research community and municipalities and government agencies, the three main objectives of this strategic program are to:
|Research Excellence||Capacity Building||Knowledge Mobilization|
|Support healthy cities intervention research and implementation science on innovative, scalable, sustainable and equitable solutions, with a strong focus on complex evaluation for equitable impacts.||Create capacity among trainees and practitioners in implementation science focused on inter-sectoral solutions for urban environments that promote health and health equity.||Mobilize the use of evidence to support Canada’s cities in planning and implementing interventions in their unique environments.|
In order to achieve this goal, CIHR has brought together over $34 million in initial funding from CIHR Institutes and external partners to launch interconnected research and training components over eight years (2019-2027). Learn more about HCRI components.
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