Health System Impact Program: Partner Linkage Tool


The Health System Impact (HSI) Program provides highly qualified PhD trainees, postdoctoral researchers, and (new!) early career researchers in health services and policy research/related fields with the opportunity to develop embedded research projects/programs that address the most pressing problems faced by health system organizations and to support evidence-informed decision-making.

The Partner Linkage Tool, below, is intended to facilitate connections between applicants and organizations that have expressed interest in hosting doctoral trainees, post-doctoral researchers, and/or early career researchers. The Partner Linkage Tool includes brief profiles of health system organizations interested in partnering and their priorities of interest. Applicants are invited to review these profiles and submit expressions of interest (EOI) to organizations.

This is not a mandatory tool. Applicants may pursue opportunities with profiled organizations and/or organizations that are not profiled but that meet the definition of "health system and related organization" as defined in the funding opportunities.

Information is provided on a volunteer basis and does not confer any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications.

Are you a health system organization looking to host a fellow or ECR? Fill out our Partner Linkage Tool online form. Profiles will be posted once the competition launches, and the table will be updated regularly thereafter until the application deadline.

Instructions for applicants


The information is provided in the language in which it was submitted by the respondent.

Host partner organizations: Profiles

Contact Information
Name of Organization
Organization's Impact Goal Organization's Priority Areas Type of work Expression of interest eligibility

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
M Guillaume Haquin
+(33-1) 4524 9222

The successful applicant will support OECD countries by analysing policies to improve the performance and resilience to health systems, focusing on one among the following: 1) strengthening the health care workforce; 2) modernizing health systems through digital transformation and stronger patient centeredness; 3) adapting health systems to climate change

Using comparative policy analysis, indicators development, and modelling techniques to support countries in:

  • Resilience and preparedness to health systems shocks
  • Patient centeredness
  • Improving safety and quality of care
  • Digital transformation of Health systems
  • Modernising the health workforce and delivery models
  • Public health and prevention
  • Health and Climate change
  • Strengthening long-term care
  • Transparency of pharmaceutical markets

The successful applicant will:

  • Take part in the analyses of selected health policies;
  • Draft analytic, statistical and policy-relevant reports;
  • Summarize the state of existing knowledge in a form readily accessible to policy makers;
  • Engage in consultations with countries experts and policy makers;
  • Perform quantitative or qualitative data analysis.


Ministry of Health
British Columbia
Julia McFarlane

The Ministry of Health's goals are to advance progress in three key areas. The first is to ensure a focus on service delivery areas requiring strategic repositioning. This includes primary and team-based care, care for seniors, mental health and substance use services, and surgical and diagnostic wait times. The second is to support the health and well-being of all in British Columbia through the delivery of high-quality health services. This includes population health, health promotion and prevention services, and the improvement of hospital, pharmaceutical, lab and diagnostic services. The third is to deliver a sustainable public health care system. This includes supporting a diverse and inclusive health workforce, and innovation for quality care. Integrating with these priorities is government's commitment to true, lasting reconciliation with First Nations in British Columbia. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake projects related to these goal areas over the fellowship period.

In alignment with the overarching mission and impact goals, the following priority areas have been designated as options for this fellowship competition:

  • Primary and Community Care
  • Wait Time Reduction
  • Seniors Care
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Maternal and child health care
  • Cultural safety, diversity and inclusion
  • Population and Public Health
  • Other related disciplines

The successful fellow will have a range of opportunities to focus on health system innovations within one of the priority areas listed above and on-going Ministry initiatives that require planning, strategy development, policy analysis, stakeholder consultations, jurisdictional reviews/environmental scanning, program/service evaluation and data analysis (qualitative and quantitative).

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Alberta Health Services – Kidney Health Section – Medicine Strategic Clinical Network
Dr. Marni Armstrong

The mission of the Kidney Health Section of the Medicine SCN is to achieve excellence in sustainable kidney care and outcomes through innovation and the application of best evidence. The Scientific Office of the Medicine SCN was established to play a research leadership role for enhancing the quantity and scientific quality of research activities that aligns with the priorities of the Kidney Health Section of the Medicine SCN. The Scientific Office works to develop, implement and evaluate research and integrated knowledge translation (iKT) strategies to embed evidence into clinical practice. One key priority is "Reducing the risk of acute kidney injury through prevention, early identification and appropriate management."

The priority area of interest would include the evaluation and implementation of pragmatic RCT using clinical decision supports and alerts in AKI management. Outcome measures will include recovery rates of AKI, length of stay following AKI, as well as process measures of acute AKI management. This work will leverage Connect Care the newly integrated provincial electronic health record to improve quality of care in AKI. Interest in the use of electronic health record data and experience in epidemiology and trial design would be an asset. Fellowship output will include opportunities to disseminate to academic, clinical, operational, and lay audiences to inform local and provincial policy, procedures and decision-making in an evolving learning health system.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in hospital. The Health Systems Impact Fellow will leverage existing provincial healthcare data infrastructures and data assets to perform comprehensive analysis of the burden of AKI within the population, operations, and clinical practices. Analysis will include description and identification of clinician-level variations in practice and identify targets for further evaluation and quality improvement.


Alberta Health Services – Medicine Strategic Clinical Network
Dr. Marni Armstrong

Through innovation and the application of best evidence, the mission of the Medicine SCN is to achieve excellence in sustainable healthcare and outcomes for Albertans. The Scientific Office of the Medicine SCN was established to play a research leadership role for enhancing the quantity and scientific quality of research activities that aligns with the priorities of the Medicine SCN. The Scientific Office works to develop, implement and evaluate research and integrated knowledge translation strategies to embed evidence into clinical practice.

Potential priority areas of interest would include (but are not limited to):

  • Best practices in hospital organization and operations, including implementation and evaluation of strategies to:
    • Reduce actual vs. estimated length of stay,
    • Improve transitions in care and reduce hospital readmission rates.
  • Identify and build of mechanisms for system and provider level audit/feedback reporting and education in target areas to realize health system improvement
  • Identification of key quality indicators through engagement of experts in a Delphi or group consensus process, development of a quality indicator framework for assessment and implementation

Fellowship output will include opportunities to disseminate to academic, clinical, operational, and lay audiences to inform local and provincial policy, procedures and decision-making in an evolving learning health system.

The Health System Impact Fellow will leverage existing provincial healthcare data infrastructures and data assets to perform comprehensive analysis of healthcare populations, operations, and clinical practices. Analysis will include description and identification of clinician-level variations in practice and identification of targets for further evaluation and health systems improvements.


Under One Sky Friendship Centre
New Brunswick
Shelly Rickard

Under One Sky was recently awarded $18.6 million from Infrastructure Canada for the construction of an innovative Indigenous healing centre in New Brunswick. Our Impact Goal is to design, develop and/or expand evidence-based health and social programs for this new centre that will foster strength and wellbeing among Indigenous people.

Intersecting priorities:

  • Family-oriented, culturally-informed approaches to health and wellbeing
  • Community-informed knowledge translation
  • Incorporating multiple knowledges and perspectives into program development
  • Economics of interconnected relations

Team-based priorities:

  • Land-based programming (diversity training, mental health promotion, etc.)
  • Community health (perinatal programs, housing, Jordan's principle, etc.)
  • Traditional Art/Craft programming (building identity, fostering resilience, etc.)
  • Listening
  • Developing relationships
  • Becoming better informed about our community
  • Participating in program delivery
  • Contributing your unique academic perspective/skills

For example, through:

  • Literature reviews/environmental scans
  • Funding proposals   
  • Identifying research questions that will enhance our work
  • Co-leading and/or coordinating research  
  • Developing policy/program recommendations/guidelines  
  • Writing reports/research manuscripts

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at UHN)
Anne Simard

The mission of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR) in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at UHN is to transform and dramatically improve the future of heart health. Its integrated program of research, education and clinical care aims to:

  • Provide the world with new diagnoses, treatments, and tools to help people prevent, manage, and survive the devastating consequences of heart failure.
  • Provide global leadership in the cardiac field and be a magnet for research and clinical talent.

As heart failure grows into a Canadian and global epidemic – projected to affect one in five people in Canada over 40 – new and innovative models of care are needed. TRCHR brings its unmatched breadth and depth of expertise, analytics and infrastructure, patient and community engagement together with research and clinical passion to find new ways to meet the staggering health, economic and societal burdens imposed by heart failure.

Through a strategic initiative known as TRANSFORM Heart Failure, TRCHR aims to:

  • Address the disparities in access and provision of care for structurally disadvantaged and geographically isolated groups.
  • Bring equitable access through technological advances in digital medicine, remote healthcare monitoring, data analytics and artificial intelligence.
  • Co- create new models of care that are proactive, personalized and decentralized and that empower patients and communities to manage their health.
  • Develop, assess and evaluate patient and community engagement strategies to change patient outcomes and experiences.
  • Explore and understand dimensions of health inequities in HF prevention, care, and patient outcomes/experiences with providers, organizations and health systems.

See Transform HF

Some examples to be explored:

  • Environmental scanning and/or literature reviews on virtual care and telemedicine best practices and models, inclusion of community participatory research approaches, utilization of virtual care technologies. across Canadian jurisdictions (including barriers, enablers).
  • Policy analysis and briefings on emergent issues such as ethics and AI, ethics and virtual care, health care systems design and implementation.
  • Qualitative or quantitative analyses of HF interventions, treatments, patients PROMs/PREMs as part of research studies within the TRCHR.
  • Stakeholder consultations and relationship-management across the breadth of programming (e.g., patient support sessions, strategies to engage patient in research as collaborators, leaders and participants, network development and mobilization).
  • KT strategy development and execution to build and expand the community of investigators and interested partners in TRANSFORM-HF (e.g., planning and executing workshops, training sessions, our annual Symposium). Fellow could be involved in all stages from planning to execution to evaluation.
  • Indigenous health and cultural safety are critical components of our training program. Opportunities to work with Indigenous partners and scholars in delivering programmatic activities as well as strengthening overall equity, diversity and inclusion approaches within the initiative.
  • Patient engagement to help translate our research and clinical activities into meaningful impacts for patients, families and caregivers as well as develop tools, resources or workshops for this audience.

Early Career Researcher

Interior Health Authority, Research Department
British Columbia
Robin Blanchard
250-469-7070 ext. 12656

The goal of our Research Department is to build a Learning Health System that embeds voices from our communities, drives the advancement of health care delivery, enhances innovation, and contributes to improved health outcomes in both urban and rural settings. We support both clinical and non-clinical research.

To help meet the needs of our communities, our current research areas of focus align with Interior Health's strategic priorities, including:

  • Clinical trials
  • Community engagement
  • COVID-19
  • Environmental health
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Indigenous engagement
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Patient engagement
  • Rural and remote health
  • Seniors' health and long-term care

While we welcome the co-creation or tailoring of activities and responsibilities to specific projects, Fellows may engage in development and refinement of research questions, strategic planning, stakeholder/community engagement, environmental scanning, quantitative or qualitative data analysis, literature reviews, policy briefings, sustainability planning, knowledge translation and/or impact assessment.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

British Columbia's Office of the Provincial Health Officer
British Columbia
Xibiao Ye

The Office plays an independent leadership role in addressing public health issues in BC, with the ultimate goal of improving overall population health and reducing health inequalities. The Fellow is expected to apply data science and epidemiology methods to advance:

  • Reliable and timely data and information on patterns and trends of population health issues of significance and of health inequalities;
  • Evidence-based policies and interventions to positively impact the population's health.
  • Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (e.g. COVID-19 emergency and immunization)
  • Psychoactive Substances Harm Prevention and Reduction (e.g. opioid crisis emergency, cannabis regulation, alcohol harm reduction)
  • Environmental Health Protection (e.g. Drinking water protection, environmental contamination)
  • Indigenous Health (e.g. Reconciliation, Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act implementation, indigenous health status reporting)
  • Health inequalities
  • Action on social determinants of health
  • Injury surveillance and prevention
  • Chronic disease surveillance and prevention, including congenital anomalies and developmental disabilities

The type of project an awardee could expect to lead/contribute to includes:

  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence methods for enhancing chronic disease surveillance including mental health and substance misuse surveillance
  • Modelling population health impacts of climate change related exposures such as wildfire associated air pollution, and extreme weather
  • Burden of diseases (i.e., disability-adjusted life years) by cause and by risk factor in BC
  • Methodology for measuring socioecological health inequalities
  • Indigenous health surveillance
  • Excess mortality attributed to public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the illicit drug overdose crisis
  • Spatio-temporal models for estimating population heath outcomes and risk factors in small areas or communities
  • Other epidemiological research on etiology, disease patterns, and population health outcomes

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Cancer Strategic Clinical Network
Dr. Anna Pujadas Botey

The Cancer SCN's mandate is to lead transformation to improve care across the cancer continuum in Alberta. We have three strategic directions: build a community that strategically transforms care; translate evidence and data to inform priorities, practice, policy, and planning; and enhance experiences for patients and families, outcomes, and efficiencies.

Strategic priority areas of our work include: addressing the future impact of cancer in Alberta, advancing health equity in cancer, and improving cancer prevention and diagnosis. We support the testing, implementation, evaluation, and scale and spread of research and innovations to improve patient and system outcomes.

The fellow will have the opportunity to interact with our broader cancer community and conduct research supporting the development and implementation of projects that advance our work. Particular activities may include interpretation of cancer-related administrative data, development of evaluation frameworks, execution of implementation science approaches, writing research products, and mentoring junior trainees.


Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Centre
Cloé Rodrigue
450-466-5000 poste 3686

Le CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre est constamment à la recherche de moyens d'améliorer ses pratiques organisationnelle dans plusieurs champs, notamment en ce qui a trait à la cancérologie, la fluidité hospitalière, l'hospitalisation à domicile, l'accès aux soins, la gouvernance clinique, l'appréciation de la performance, etc.

  • Haute direction
  • Cancérologie
  • Direction de la recherche
  • Direction des services professionnels
  • Direction des services hospitaliers, volets urgences, blocs opératoires et services généraux de première ligne
  • Élaboration de stratégies
  • Consultation d'intervenants et de cliniciens
  • Examen de la littérature
  • Évaluation de programme
  • Analyse de données

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network
Dr. Samantha Bowker

The CC SCN has a goal to support creation of knowledge that will improve the patient and family experience, integrate research and implement best practices to improve outcomes, promote the dissemination of new knowledge, and foster collaborations and partnerships between researchers, educators, patients and families, and other CC SCN stakeholders.

Support evolution of a Learning Health System. The HSI PhD/Fellow will apply epidemiological, quantitative, and qualitative skills to create a "living atlas" of critical care including:

  • performing analyses of critical care populations and clinical practices
  • describing ICU and clinician-level variations in practice, equity diversity and inclusion, and health services gaps

Evaluating best practices and outcomes in:

  • Use of renal replacement therapy in acute kidney injury;
  • Use of mechanical ventilation in respiratory failure;
  • Identification and management of severe sepsis;
  • ICU organization/operations (i.e. workplace wellbeing);
  • Vulnerable populations suffering critical illness;
  • Sustaining critical care clinical best practices.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
British Columbia
Dr. David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc

The BCCDC is involved with a wide range of applied research that can directly impact service provision and health policy creation. Examples include the use of big data to assess intervention cost effectiveness at a population level and to support rational public policy. Creating cascades of prevention and care models; using syndemics to study how best to support vulnerable populations.

The BCCDC programs include:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • GetCheckedOnline
  • BC Observatory for Pop. & Public Health
  • Anonymous HIV Testing
  • Chee Mamuk (Aboriginal Health)
  • Do Bugs Need Drugs?
  • Harm Reduction
  • Hepatitis Prevention & Care - BC Hepatitis Testers Cohort
  • Outreach
  • Point of Care (Rapid) HIV Testing
  • SmartSexResource
  • Service Areas
  • Clinical Prevention
  • Communicable Diseases Prevention
  • Public Health & Emergencies including the response to the overdose crisis
  • Environmental Health
  • Immunization Programs
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Injury Prevention

Please visit the Website to see the UBC CDC/BCCDC's comprehensive approaches to public health in British Columbia.

The type of work an awardee could expect to lead/contribute to includes: data integration and analysis; reviewing, assessing, and synthesizing complex research findings from scientific literature, and other lines of evidence, to create knowledge translation documents that are succinct; research and respond to complex questions and issues related to public health concerns; perform statistical analysis, interpret data, identify significant results, draw conclusions and make recommendations; document findings and publish detailed research reports.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Office of Health System Partnerships, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto (Health System Partner: Ontario Health)
Noah Ivers

To influence regional, provincial, and international policy and strategy related to evidence-based implementation of high-quality primary care.

Priority areas: The Office of Health System Partnerships and Ontario Health are prioritizing four areas for developing and implementing evidence-based solutions:

  • COVID recovery: addressing care-gaps, particularly for equity-deserving groups
  • Attachment to primary care: increasing patients with access longitudinal, comprehensive care
  • Health human resources: ensuring a stable and growing primary care workforce
  • Primary care engagement: fostering collaborative relationships within the sector

Type of work: The Office of Health System Partnerships also encompasses the WHO Collaborating Centre on Primary Care. The Office and Ontario Health will work with regional, provincial, national, and international policy-makers to solve primary care-based health system challenges. The ECR will be expected to conduct:

  • Environmental scans and Evidence synthesis and Stakeholder consultations to inform Policy briefs
  • Program evaluations including both qualitative and quantitative analyses

Early Career Researcher

Institute for Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital
Noah Ivers

The Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) supports the design and evaluation of innovative projects in Ontario and beyond. The Implementation Science team at WIHV leverages partnerships with health system leaders to develop evidence-based solutions to health system challenges.

The priorities for this embedded research are two-fold:

  • Use implementation science to support the WHO Collaborating Centre on Primary Care in its efforts to enable evidence-informed strategies for international partners
  • Support the implementation and evaluation of Ontario Health – Toronto Region initiatives for COVID recovery in primary care

The post-docs will have the opportunity to co-lead (with experienced faculty):

  • Environmental scans and Evidence synthesis and Stakeholder consultations to inform Policy briefs
  • Program evaluations including both qualitative and quantitative analyses


Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)
Marie-Hélène Chastenay

INESSS recognizes the imperative of building leadership capacity to support the transformation and continuous improvement of the health and social services system. In support of INESSS mandates, the successful candidate will be able to provide a methodological background to participate with a senior mentor from the institute, in the overall assessment of the value of technologies and modes of intervention, which is based on five main principles:

  • The relevance of the objects and the adaptation of the evaluation methods, which aim to inform the choice of priorities towards the sectors of activity where the potential gains in terms of optimizing practices are the highest, as well as to use the cutting-edge methodologies best adapted to the object being evaluated
  • Knowledge mobilization and integration, leading to the production of assessments, advice and guides based on the best available knowledge
  • Multidimensional deliberation, which allows for reflection on the achievement of the triple aim of the health and social services system, as well as on the feasibility and foreseeable impacts
  • The formulation of fair and reasonable recommendations, which aims to equip the Ministry, as well as clinicians and managers, to accelerate the implementation of recommendations in the form of concrete actions
  • Support for value creation and re-evaluation, which aims to help network actors to monitor the implementation of recommendations as well as to feed into the identification of priorities for the next cycle of activities, including divestment projects
  • Implement ethical and methodological standards arising from the INESSS institutional assessment framework
    • Methodological work on the integration of knowledge
    • Value assessment in a real world context
    • Methodological work on the care and services pathways of users
  • Carry out evaluation mandates deemed to be priorities in the fields of drugs, health services and social services
    • Evaluation for reimbursement purposes
      • Evaluation of drugs/ companion tests for listing
      • Products of Quebec's blood systems
      • Technological innovations and medical devices
      • Complex therapies
      • Biomedical tests
    • Social Services
      • Evaluation of intervention methods in the social services and mental health fields
      • Support for the improvement of clinical and organizational practices within the framework of rehabilitation programs for people with a physical or intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder; for young people in difficulty and their families; in support of people with a loss of autonomy, including seniors, as well as for services and programs in mental health, addictions and homelessness
      • Development of care and service trajectories based on best practices and development of capacities to measure them
    • Evaluation and Relevance of Health Intervention Methods
      • Optimal use of medication and medical biology tests
      • National medical protocols and associated prescriptions
      • Proximity services/First line
      • Screening and preventive clinical practices
      • Medical biology and genomics
      • Relevance and diagnostic Trajectory (Imaging)
      • Traumatology - critical care - pre-hospital
      • Transplantation
      • Cardiology and neurovascular diseases
      • Oncology
      • Health intervention methods
      • End-of-life care
  • Characterize different sub-populations and care pathways in the context of the COVID pandemic

INESSS has a central place at the heart of Quebec's health and social services network, and positions itself as a partner in the Canadian network and abroad. Practical learning opportunities within INESSS are plentiful and can take the form of many kinds of enriching projects, in terms of both career development for the fellow and organizational impact for INESSS. Depending on the profile of the successful applicant, here are some examples of project portfolios that are aligned with the strategic plan:

  • Quantitative Methodologies Profile:
    • Characterization of care and service pathways
    • Analysis of the use of care and services
    • Practice variation study
    • Identification of areas with high potential for improvement by exploiting the potential of mega-data (support for the ministerial clinical relevance project)
    • Support for evaluation mandates using advanced statistical and analytical methodologies
    • Modeling of care and service trajectories according to different parameters
  • Policy and Systems Analysis Profile:
    • Implementation of the new institutional framework for technology assessment for public reimbursement
    • Implementation of accelerated assessment modalities for innovative health technologies under POETIS (optimized process for evaluating intervention technologies in health and social services)
  • Mixed Methods Profile:
    • Study of the diverse perspectives of stakeholders involved in technology assessment
    • Evaluation of the impact of INESSS recommendations in a real-world context
    • Studies of new partnership modalities in collaboration with the academic community and the technology assessment and intervention units in health and social services (UETMI) in order to strengthen network collaboration

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)
Marie-Hélène Chastenay

L'INESSS est conscient de l'impératif du rehaussement des capacités de leadership en appui à la transformation et à l'amélioration continue du système de santé et de services sociaux. En soutien à la réalisation des mandats de l'INESSS, le candidat retenu sera en mesure de fournir un bagage méthodologique pour participer avec un mentor senior de l'institut, aux activités d'appréciation globale de la valeur des technologies et des modes d'intervention, qui s'appuie sur cinq grands principes :

  • La pertinence des objets et l'adaptation des modalités d'évaluation, qui visent à éclairer les choix de priorités vers les secteurs d'activité où les gains potentiels d'optimisation des pratiques sont les plus élevés, ainsi qu'à utiliser les méthodologies de pointe les plus adaptées à l'objet évalué
  • La mobilisation et l'intégration des savoirs, qui mènent à la production d'évaluations, d'avis et de guides reposant sur les meilleures connaissances disponibles
  • La délibération multidimensionnelle, qui permet de réfléchir à l'atteinte de la triple finalité du système de santé et de services sociaux, ainsi qu'à la faisabilité et aux impacts prévisibles
  • La formulation de recommandations justes et raisonnables, qui a pour but d'outiller le ministère, ainsi que les cliniciens et les gestionnaires, pour accélérer l'implantation des recommandations sous formes d'actions concrètes
  • Le soutien à la création de valeur et la réévaluation, qui visent à instrumenter les acteurs du réseau pour suivre la mise en œuvre des recommandations ainsi que pour alimenter l'identification des priorités du prochain cycle d'activités, incluant les projets de désinvestissement
  • Implanter les normes éthiques et méthodologiques découlant du cadre institutionnel d'évaluation de l'INESSS
    • Chantier méthodologique d'intégration des savoirs
    • Chantier d'évaluation de la valeur en contexte reel
    • Chantier méthodologique sur les parcours de soins et services des usagers
  • Réaliser les mandats d'évaluation jugés prioritaires dans les domaines du médicament, des services de santé et des services sociaux
    • Évaluation aux fins de remboursement
      • Évaluation des médicaments et tests compagnons aux fins d'inscription
      • Produits des systèmes de sang du Québec
      • Innovations technologiques et dispositifs médicaux
      • Thérapies complexes
      • Tests de biologie médicale
    • Services sociaux
      • Évaluation des modes d'intervention dans le domaine des services sociaux et de la santé mentale
      • Soutien à l'amélioration des pratiques cliniques et organisationnelles dans le cadre des programmes de réadaptation pour les personnes présentant une déficience physique, intellectuelle ou un trouble du spectre de l'autisme; pour les jeunes en difficulté et leur famille ; en soutien des personnes en perte d'autonomie dont les personnes âgées ainsi que pour les services et programmes en santé mentale, en dépendances et itinérance
      • Développement de trajectoires de soins et de services basée sur les meilleures pratiques et développement des capacités pour les mesurer
    • Évaluation et pertinence des modes d'intervention en santé
      • Usage optimal du médicament et des tests de biologie médicale
      • Protocoles médicaux nationaux et ordonnances associées
      • Services de proximité/première ligne
      • Dépistage et pratiques cliniques preventives
      • Biologie médicale et génomique
      • Pertinence et trajectoire diagnostique (imagerie)
      • Traumatologie - soins critiques – préhospitalier
      • Transplantation
      • Cardiologie et maladies neurovasculaires
      • Cancérologie
      • Modes d'intervention en santé
      • Soins de fin de vie
  • Caractériser différentes sous-populations et parcours de soins en contexte de pandémie COVID

L'INESSS détient une place privilégiée au cœur du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux au Québec et se positionne en partenaire au sein du réseau canadien et à l'international. Les occasions d'apprentissage pratique au sein de l'INESSS peuvent être multiples et revêtir plusieurs types de mandats enrichissants, en termes de développement de carrière pour le boursier et d'impact organisationnel pour l'INESSS. Selon le profil du candidat retenu, voici quelques exemples de portfolios de projets en congruence avec le plan stratégique :

  • Profil Méthodologies quantitatives :
    • Caractérisation des parcours de soins et de services
    • Analyse de l'utilisation des soins et services
    • Étude de variation de pratiques
    • Identification des pistes à fort potentiel d'amélioration en exploitant le potentiel des Mégadonnées (soutien au chantier ministériel de pertinence clinique)
    • Soutien aux mandats d'évaluation à l'aide de méthodologies statistiques et analytiques avancées
    • Modélisation des trajectoires de soins et services selon différents paramètres
  • Profil analyse des politiques et systèmes :
    • Implantation du nouveau cadre institutionnel d'évaluation des technologies aux fins d'un remboursement public
    • Implantation de modalités d'évaluation accélérée des technologies innovantes en santé dans le cadre de POETIS (processus optimisé d'évaluation des technologies d'intervention en santé et services sociaux)
  • Profil Méthodes mixtes :
    • Étude des perspectives diversifiées des parties prenantes engagées dans l'évaluation des technologies
    • Évaluation de l'impact des recommandations de l'INESSS en contexte reel
    • Études de nouvelles modalités de partenariat en lien avec les milieux universitaires et les unités d'évaluation des technologies et modes d'intervention en santé et en services sociaux (UETMI) dans une perspective de renforcement de la collaboration en réseau

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

BC Cancer
British Columbia
Leah Lambert

BC Cancer's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in British Columbia (BC), including enhancing access to and provision of equitable, high-quality cancer care. The Health System Impact Fellow will be involved in seminal work related to advancing health and healthcare equity through innovations in cancer health services, policy and practice.

  1. Advancing an equitable learning health system environment that promotes rapid learning and continuous improvement
  2. Strengthen BC's cancer care system by leveraging artificial intelligence and big data
  3. Integrating a health equity approach into cancer care
  4. Enhancing access to oncology care for underserved populations
  5. Accelerating uptake of evidence into practice and policy
  6. Optimizing advanced practice nursing and allied health workforce
  • Project management
  • Environmental scanning
  • Evidence review and synthesis
  • Policy analysis and briefings
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Modeling and forecasting
  • Stakeholder consultation, including patient and public engagement
  • Employing innovative knowledge mobilization strategies tailored to the knowledge needs of health system decision makers and practice and policy audiences
  • Impact assessment

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Alberta Health Services – Provincial Addiction and Mental Health
Michele Dyson

Provincial Addiction and Mental Health (PAMH) is one of Alberta's Integrated Provincial Teams, developed from the Strategic Clinical Networks. PAMH was created to enhance the prevention and treatment of addiction and mental health issues in order to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. We are a community of physicians, front-line health care workers, people with lived experience, researchers, and others specializing in addressing Albertans' addiction and mental health needs, focusing on prevention and treatment.

Our mission is to improve addiction and mental health patient care and health outcomes in Alberta by engaging stakeholders to identify meaningful, evidence-based opportunities for transformational change. Current priority areas include, but are not limited to, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Child and Youth Mental Health.

We welcome the opportunity to co-create the project scope with interested candidates of diverse research backgrounds. Examples include:

  • Stakeholder/community engagement and consultations
  • Literature reviews and evidence syntheses
  • Knowledge production (quantitative/qualitative)
  • Program planning and evaluations
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science
  • Impact assessments and cost-effectiveness


Public Health Ontario
Nancy Ondrusek, Director, Research and Ethics Services

Health System Impact Fellows can achieve impact working with PHO teams to provide scientific and technical advice and support to clients working in government, public health, and related health sectors to protect and promote health and contribute to reducing health inequities.

Opportunities at PHO include the HSIF Equitable AI stream, to apply AI methods to address a public health challenge and help to build AI capacities in public health research and practice. See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a significant threat to the prevention and treatment of an increasing range of infections.

  • The HSIF will employ machine learning to develop genome-based AMR prediction models using genomics, and microbiological data.
  • Developed models will aid in predicting resistance which could inform therapeutic recommendations and stewardship programs. This pipeline can be applied to multiple infectious diseases.

The HSIF Equitable AI fellow hosted at PHO will apply AI methods to address priority public health challenges affecting populations in Canada. The fellow will collaborate alongside a cohort of Equitable AI fellows across federal and provincial public health agencies to build AI capacity in public health research and practice. See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream.

PHO provides scientific evidence and expert guidance that informs policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. Fellow activities may include:

  • Employing machine learning methods to develop prediction models;
  • Interpreting results, developing knowledge syntheses, and contributing to dissemination to a variety of audiences;
  • Contributing to the development of strategy in the priority area.

See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream.


Alberta Health Services – Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network
Claire Barber

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Transformation: Our team impact goal is focused on optimizing care delivery for Albertans with bone and joint diseases. Our work contributes to the development and assessment of clinical care pathways that will lead to standardization and optimization of care delivery for individuals with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our work also seeks to promote and implement effective conservative management strategies to support optimal patient outcomes. We also support innovative upstream prevention strategies and health promotion initiatives to reduce the burden of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Our projects incorporate rigorous quality measurement frameworks and involve the comparison of innovative models of care compared to usual care. We leverage health systems data and analytics, evidence reviews, implementation science and knowledge translation in all our projects.

The strategic focus of the Bone and Joint Health SCN (BJH SCN) is to promote bone and joint health and to collaborate with health system stakeholders and patient partners to bring innovations to the health system and optimize care. Priority areas for the organization include musculoskeletal transformation which involves developing optimal assessment and care pathways for shoulder, spine and knee health; fragility and stability program for bone health promotion and fracture prevention; hip and knee program to promote spread and scale of conservative management strategies and high-quality surgical care. An emerging area for the network is developing optimal models of care for inflammatory arthritis and an accompanying provincial measurement framework.

While the scope of tasks and responsibilities may be individualized, we are interested in candidates with skill and experience to carry out any of the following:

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Consultations
  • Literature Reviews and Grant Writing
  • Program Planning and Evaluations
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Impact Assessments and Cost-Effectiveness
  • Quality measurement and data/analytics

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

British Columbia
Julia Langton & Skye Barbic

Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and wellness services for young people ages 12-24 and their families/caregivers that gives young people coordinated care through a single point of access. We are implementing a novel learning health system to optimize equitable access and improved outcomes for youth.

  • Research on learning health systems
  • Research driven by youth, family and community needs
  • Topics relating to Foundry's core services: mental health, substance use, peer support, primary care, social services and/or Foundry's model of integrated care
  • Pan-Canadian partnerships facilitating a learning health systems network in integrated youth services

We welcome co-development based on the interests of the candidate:

  • Environmental scans and reviews (systematic, scoping, realist reviews)
  • Mixed methods studies
  • Epidemiological studies using linked administrative data
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Engagement with youth, families, communities, and government to inform research priorities
  • KT to bridge the divide between research, policy and practice

Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Public Health Agency of Canada
Quebec, Manitoba, or Ontario
Simone Martineau

PHAC is creating and enhancing public health intelligence systems for health threats using advanced epidemiological analyses and geospatial modelling to synthesise lab, environmental, animal, and human population data, as well as Earth Observation (EO) imagery. HSIF Equitable AI fellows will work with multi-disciplinary teams to develop approaches to the detection and assessment of infectious disease threats, including pandemic preparedness and response.

See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream

Development of decision support tools for surveillance and management of infectious diseases threats at federal and provincial levels, including pandemic preparedness and response; Investigate applications of machine learning (ML) and –omics for the study and control of infectious disease.

The HSIF Equitable AI fellow hosted at PHAC will apply AI methods to address public health challenges affecting populations in Canada. The fellow will collaborate alongside a cohort of Equitable AI fellows across federal and provincial public health agencies to build AI capacity in public health research and practice. See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream.

  • Big data research for EO and health data (e.g. Natural Language Processing, ML);
  • Communication of model and system outputs to stakeholders (e.g. dashboards);
  • Automated risk assessments (e.g. synthesis of qualitative and quantitative data);
  • ML and data analytics for applications in CIDTs, AMR prediction, risk association, source attribution, and outbreak detection

See for more details on the HSIF Equitable AI Stream.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Yukon Government, Department of Health and Social Services
Yukon (Whitehorse- based)
Laura Hillier, Director Population Public Health Evidence and Evaluation

The Yukon's health and social services system is a high performing, integrated, person centred system that is recognized as a model within Canada.

  • Reflating health outcomes to Territorial insured and covered services
  • Evidence informed decision making in service delivery and programming
  • Understanding use of health service and striving for efficiency
  • Creating and implementing a health authority
  • Implementing other recommendations from Putting People First
  • Economic evaluation
  • Quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Environmental scanning,
  • Literature reviews
  • Policy briefings
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Program evaluation

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Strategic Clinical Networks
Denise Thomson

Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs), as engines of innovation for our Alberta's health system, focus on partnerships, engagement, research and working with patients, clinical experts, front-line workers, research teams, communities, and policy makers to achieve a high-performing health system. The fellow will contribute their leadership and research expertise to supporting evidence-based implementation of projects addressing high-priority clinical gaps by producing essential syntheses of research about health system problems, improvement options and implementation considerations.

  • To support data- and evidence-informed transformations at all levels of the health system through synthesizing evidence about problems, improvement options and implementation considerations;
  • To promote rapid, effective implementation of projects, and support spread, scale and sustainability, through producing relevant and rigorous evidence syntheses about interventions in high-priority clinical areas.

This offers a unique opportunity to work within the healthcare system to:

  • Lead rapid, rigorous evidence synthesis projects, relevant to health system priorities;
  • Evaluate the role of evidence in selecting system improvement interventions;
  • Build linkages between the evidence synthesis and implementation science communities, to ensure optimal impact on patient outcomes.


Alberta Health Services – Strategic Clinical Networks
Denise Thomson

Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs), as engines of innovation for our Alberta's health system, focus on partnerships, engagement, research and working with patients, clinical experts, front-line workers, research teams, communities, and policy makers to achieve a high-performing health system. This fellowship will work toward eliminating evidence-to-care gaps by supporting both research and stakeholder engagement for linking academia and the healthcare system, to ensure effective and evidence-based implementation of initiatives addressing those gaps.

  • Create a systemwide culture of using implementation science to more effectively and efficiently implement innovations for scale and spread;
  • Facilitate embedded implementation research and coordinate existing implementation assets in Alberta's academic and health system ecosystems;
  • Build linkages and secure commitment from health system stakeholders.

This offers a unique opportunity to work within the healthcare system to:

  • Support theory-based implementation research projects, e.g. multi-site trials, fidelity documentation and analysis, economic, program, and impact evaluations;
  • Analyze findings from provincial implementation research projects;
  • Develop recommendations for scale, spread, and sustainability approaches across geographic and health delivery contexts.


Canadian Institute for Health Information
Babita Gupta
613-694 6412

Leverage CIHI's broad range of health data, indicators, standards and methods, tools towards an innovative analysis, product or technique that would help support CIHI goals. This opportunity is with CIHI's Advanced Analytics branch supporting development of high-quality products and tools using advanced analytical techniques.

Investigation and application of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (e.g. for Data Synthesis, Differential Privacy, Statistical Disclosure Control) in the protection of personal health information.

CIHI offers a stimulating work environment with engaged and collaborative colleagues. With full integration in a project or team, the fellow could undertake work in these areas:

  • Application of Machine Learning and statistical learning methodologies as applied to health data
  • Project management, data collection & analysis, KTE
  • Collaboration with other pan-Canadian healthcare organizations and key stakeholders as required

Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Canadian Institute for Health Information
Babita Gupta
613-694 6412

Leverage CIHI's broad range of health data, indicators, standards and methods, tools towards an innovative analysis that would help support CIHI goals. This opportunity is with CIHI's Population and Indigenous Health Branch that leads the development of standards for socio-demographic data including race-based data and Indigenous identity data, in close partnership with stakeholders, health sector leaders, and Indigenous organizations and communities.

Health Equity is a information priority identified in CIHI's 2022-27 strategic plan. Health equity and equitable care are overarching goals for P/T health systems. Presently, health systems are identifying priority populations and relevant data needs to support equity measurement. P/T stakeholders have expressed interest in best practice guidance on performance indicators that are relevant for reporting and monitoring. CIHI is well-positioned to establish a repository of quality/performance indicators that allow: (1) reliable and valid comparisons among population subgroups, and (2) measuring whether health care systems are providing high quality care for all. We anticipate a growing need for guidance on health care indicators that are amenable to intervention and eliminating gaps in care quality across priority populations.

The US National Quality Forum (NQF) has developed a criterion and scoring system to determine whether a quality indicator qualifies as an ‘equity sensitive indicator'. NQF applied this approach to their 500+ indicators to prioritize a suite of equity sensitive indicators for reporting and quality improvement. This work proposes to adapt the NQF criteria to a Canadian context and to apply the modified criteria to relevant CIHI indicators. This work will involve assessing CIHI indicators through literature-searching to identify peer-reviewed literature demonstrating gaps in quality of care for priority populations related to higher prevalence conditions for indicators that meet standard protocols or clinical guidelines.

PhD (doctoral)

Data Science Program, Department of Consumer Protection and Government Services, Government of Manitoba
Tyler Amos

The Data Science Program works in collaboration with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and is responsible for supporting departments across government in using advanced data analytics and cross-departmental administrative data to inform decision-making and program/policy development and evaluation across diverse domains including Health, Education, Justice, Social Services and social determinants of health.

The Data Science Program is partnering with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy to identify and deliver on policy-relevant advanced data analytics projects to drive cross-government decision-making in the area of health and social determinants of health. Using cross-departmental population-level administrative data, we are informing decisions related to health, social outcomes and climate resilience.

  • Advanced data analytics and predictive modelling using population-level administrative records.
  • Identifying opportunities for using data to inform policy planning and decision-making.
  • Advising on best practices for integrating data into the policy-planning process.
  • Translating data findings into actionable policy implications.
  • Bridging the spheres of academia and public policy.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Perley Health- Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care
Danielle Sinden, Director, Centre of Excellence & Research Operations
613-526-7170 x 2424

Our Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care aims to optimize quality of life for seniors living with frailty in long-term care through innovative, evidence-based care, education and research. First of its kind in Canada, our vision is to be the leading provider, educator and innovator in frailty-informed care for seniors.

  • Mental Health
  • Living Environment
  • Physical Health
  • Person-centred Care
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Staff Professional Development and Training
  • Recreational Activities
  • Technology

The above priority areas are in the context of informing and improving quality of life for seniors living with frailty in long-term care.
For more details, see our research priorities on our website

  • Quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Manuscript planning/writing
  • Quality improvement and change management
  • Environmental scanning
  • Program evaluation
  • Impact assessment
  • Knowledge translation
  • Stakeholder consultation

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Canadian Red Cross – Health in Emergencies Unit
Dr. Salim Sohani

At any given time, CRC is engaged in almost all Canadian provinces and territories and 20-25 contexts globally with humanitarian emergencies or for recovery and longer-term programing with an intention to enhance resilience, build capacity, and strengthen health and development. In accordance with CRC's vision 2025, the Health Intelligence, Research, and Development (HIRD) team, within Health in Emergencies (HiE), aims to provide evidence-informed support to CRC's health-related programming both domestically and internationally.

The Canadian Red Cross – Health in Emergencies Unit provides an opportunity to engage in research to support operational needs in the following areas:

  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health
  • Use of evidence in Humanitarian Health practice
  • Community-based health services delivery in conflict setting
  • Migration Health and the Health Impacts of Climate Change
  • Both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Epidemic/pandemic preparedness and response

The fellow can expect to engage rapid reviews and other literature reviews, stakeholder consultations, development of evidence summaries and briefing note, quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research from project conception through to publication, health projections and environmental scans, among other work to support program implementers in effective service delivery.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, Women's College Hospital
Lisa Richardson

To develop a Rights-Based Approach to healthcare for Indigenous peoples. Anti-Indigenous racism is a serious problem in health systems across Canada, resulting in poor quality of care and poor health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Anti-Indigenous racism also has a profound negative effect on Indigenous peoples' likelihood of accessing future care.

Addressing Anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare; improving access to cultural safety and trauma informed care for Indigenous peoples; using critical, anti-colonial research approaches; working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team; advancing reconciliation in healthcare; developing relationships and collaborations; receiving guidance from a Decision Making Council.

This work would specifically involve the following: adopting a collaborative research approach within a multidisciplinary team of primarily Indigenous experts; undertaking qualitative research and health policy research using an anti-colonial framework; and carrying out literature reviews, stakeholder engagement, qualitative data collection and analysis, policy development, and knowledge mobilization.


Autism Alliance of Canada
Dr. Jonathan Lai, Executive Director
Dr. Deepa Singal, Director of Scientific and Data Initiatives

Autism of Alliance of Canada is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit alliance that catalyzes system change through facilitating collective action, advancing systems and policy research, and works with governments to generate a cohesive policy response for autism. Our members represent the voices of people and organizations who strongly believe that Autistic Canadians deserve a better, more inclusive Canada. One of our key strategic priorities is to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada to implement Canada's inaugural National Autism Strategy and ensure that it is driven by community needs and priorities. Click here to read more.

We use our collective impact structure to advance health services and policy research at the national level, taking a learning systems approach. The priority areas of the fellowship are aligned with the strategic areas of focus for Autism Alliance of Canada's research and data initiatives:

  • Supporting pan-Canadian research partnerships
  • Accelerating the engagement of persons with lived experience in research
  • Advancing knowledge synthesis for policy decision making
  • Increasing the use of data & shared measurement
  • Building training capacity, including for neurodiverse trainees

The impact goal for this fellowship is to advance Autism Alliance of Canada's work in conducting and supporting health services and policy initiatives that can help support the implementation of a comprehensive and community informed National Autism Strategy.

This fellowship is a unique opportunity for a fellow to work in a small, agile and impactful organization that represents many organizations under its umbrella. Our HSI Fellows have opportunities to work with stakeholders, community organizations, policy makers, researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience across the country to help meet the needs of Autistic Canadians and their families.

The HSI Fellow may undertake the following:

  • Leading and supporting knowledge synthesis projects in partnership with the SPOR Evidence Alliance including: Policy reviews, environmental scans, analysis, scoping reviews, systematic reviews.
  • Policy work including preparing briefing notes to senior policy makers at the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Senate
  • Leading stakeholder consultation with member organizations;
  • Knowledge translation and mobilization projects
  • Writing and preparation of grant submissions to Federal Granting agency and private granting foundations
  • Research initiatives using quantitative and qualitative methods, including using population level administrative data, survey methodology, and qualitative methods.
  • Project management
  • Collaborating with other organizations to support project development and further research partnerships
  • Supporting communities of practice in data and research, employment, and postsecondary supports for autistic people.
  • Opportunities to develop and present reports to the Board of Directors

As a virtual organization, location is flexible, offering the ability for fellows from across the Country to apply to this dynamic organization.

Autism Alliance of Canada is passionate about the development and training of Health System Impact Fellows. Fellows will be working closely with Dr Jonathan Lai, Executive Director, and Dr Deepa Singal, Director of Scientific and Data Initiatives (both former HSI Fellows) who will ensure deliberate opportunities for growth and development of the core competencies outlined in the HSIF Training Modernization Initiative. Fellows will also work with current HSIF fellows which presents an opportunity to harness the power of being in a dynamic HSIF cohort and develop long lasting relationships.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Alberta Health Services – Emergency Strategic Clinical Network
Patrick McLane

The Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) is a group of health care professionals and patients working together across the province to improve emergency services in Alberta. Please see further information on the Canadian Medical Association Journal website.

Priority areas for the Emergency SCN are Patient Experience, Addressing the Opioid Use Disorder Crisis, Integrating Research for Better Outcomes, Health Equity, Indigenous Health, Anti-racism, Organizational Best Practices for Violence Prevention, emergency department (ED) Staff Retention, Staff Safety and Health System Integration (i.e. Patient Flow; Transitions from ED to Hospital & Primary Care).

Current key areas of work include Patient Flow, Partnered Research to Improve First Nations Members' Emergency Department Care, Supporting Initiation of Opioid Agonist Treatment in Emergency Departments for Opioid Use Disorder, and Violence Prevention in Emergency Departments. Telehealth and virtual care is an emerging area of interest.

The Emergency SCN has capacity to support PhD students or postdoctoral fellows. The Emergency SCN seeks productive PhD students or postdoctoral fellows with strong theoretically informed backgrounds in social sciences, health systems research, quality improvement, clinical epidemiology, and/or biostatistics. Those interested in this opportunity should contact Knowledge of implementation science frameworks would be an asset.

The Health Systems Impact Fellow will lead, facilitate and support the development and refinement of research questions and methods within the Emergency SCN. Fellowship output will include opportunities to share findings with academic, clinical, operational, and lay audiences to inform local and provincial policy, procedures and decision-making in an evolving learning health system. There will be opportunity to collaborate with academic Emergency Medicine programs at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

19 To Zero
Jia Hu, CEO

19 to Zero is a not-for-profit coalition of academics, public health experts, behavioural economists, and creative professionals working to understand, engage with, and ultimately shift public perceptions towards healthier behaviours. 19 to Zero originally launched with a focus on encouraging safer public health behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the not-for-profit is working on care deficit issues, including recovering routine immunization uptake, cancer screening and other chronic disease management, mental health issues, etc. We work extensively with health systems partners ranging from political (cabinet), bureaucratic (ADM/DMs), health systems (e.g., AHS, Women's College Hospital), other NGOs, etc.

  • Ongoing COVID-19 work (e.g., vaccine uptake, antibody treatments, etc.)
  • Recovery of routine childhood and adult immunization uptake
  • Recovery of cancer screening and other chronic disease (e.g., hypertension, diabetes) management
  • Implementation of new cancer screening methodologies (e.g., HPV primary testing)
  • Expanding community engagement work with traditionally underrepresented communities such as newcomers (refugees, foreign aid workers, etc.), Indigenous, rural and remote, LGBTQ+, etc.
  • Utilizing and evaluating administrative data to look at topics such as real world vaccine efficacy, etc.

19 To Zero uses a multimodal approach to address behaviour change, which typically includes: identifying the need/ issue through partner engagement, developing a strategy to promote positive behaviour change, stakeholder consultation and engagement, primary and secondary research to identify needs and interventions, execution of project plan, policy briefings to inform the government and attain resources, and overall impact evaluation. The specific work a Fellow would do would depend a lot on their interest but ultimately we would like to enable and support them to oversee all of the processes above for a specific issue such as those listed in the priority areas section.

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Alberta Health Services – Surgery Strategic Clinical Network
Dr. Sanjay Beesoon, MPH, PhD

The Surgery SCN Scientific Office works at the interface of academic research and health care operations to generate and implement robust, relevant evidence to drive surgical policy and practice in Alberta. The goal is to ensure that Albertans receive better and safer surgical care at the right time.

  • Build strong partnerships with Government, patients' partners, academia and private sector
  • Conduct and incentivize research and innovation of highest value to Albertans
  • Capture, transfer and translate knowledge to inform policy and practice
  • Innovate to achieve cost efficiency and operational excellence

This Health Systems Impact Fellow will work with a team of academic researchers and health system leaders in AHS to conduct an in-depth economic evaluation of Alberta Surgical Initiative, the central tenet of which is to improve access to safe and quality surgical care.
This offers a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with researchers, government, non-profit organizations and patient partners to:

  • Lead rigorous data collection and evidence synthesis project, relevant to multiple health system priorities
  • Identify and formalize collection of appropriate metrics that will inform a robust economic evaluation of the Alberta Surgical Initiative
  • Make recommendations on how best to improve the return on investment on surgical care in Alberta

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Alberta Health Services – Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
Christiane Job McIntosh

The Cardiovascular Health and Stroke (CvHS) Strategic Clinical Network™, targets health system transformation through collaborative partnerships with policy makers, front line caregivers, patients and families. We are seeking a fellow to collaborate and share their expertise to implement evidence-based health system transformations to achieve healthy hearts and brains in Albertans.

Alberta's Vascular Risk Reduction Program focuses on integration of evidence-based health promotion and prevention interventions to address upstream risk factors for Vascular Diseases. Priorities include advancing a provincial lab-based CVD screening tool targeting primary care providers and co-developing a novel prevention program for high-risk women after hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

We welcome individualizing the scope and duties with interested candidates of diverse of research and evaluation backgrounds. Examples include:

  • Stakeholder/Community
  • Engagement and Consultations
  • Literature Reviews and Grant Writing
  • Knowledge Production (Quantitative/Qualitative)
  • Program Planning and Evaluations
  • Impact Assessments and Cost-Effectiveness
  • Scale, spread and sustainability planning

Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
Christiane Job McIntosh

The Cardiovascular Health and Stroke (CvHS) Strategic Clinical Network™, targets health system transformation through collaborative partnerships with policy makers, front line caregivers, patients and families. We are seeking a fellow to collaborate and share their expertise to implement evidence-based health system transformations to achieve healthy hearts and brains in Albertans.

Supporting the health of Albertans through prevention, collaborative partnerships, research and innovation in cardiovascular health and stroke:

  • Enhancing prevention/integration of health promotion and wellness
  • Reducing inequities in care and outcomes
  • Improving the patient journey and health system quality and care

We welcome the opportunity to co-create and define the project scope/duties with excited candidates in the areas of Cardiovascular Health and Stroke. Tasks/Potential Duties:

  • Stakeholder/Community
  • Engagement and Consultations
  • Literature Reviews and Grant Writing
  • Knowledge Production (Quantitative/Qualitative)
  • Program Planning and Evaluations
  • Impact Assessments and Cost-Effectiveness
  • Scale, spread and sustainability planning

Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Obesity Canada
Dawn Hatanaka

Obesity Canada's strategic priority is focused on improving access to evidence-based obesity prevention and treatment resources for Canadians. We are seeking a fellow to collaborate and be engaged in project management duties to support the implementation of evidence-based health system transformations and the formation of policy briefs to advance the creation a framework for a national obesity strategy. The goal is that OC will align research to provide the evidence and engage stakeholders to create a framework that we can use to address this critical gap in the Canadian healthcare system.

  • To build a comprehensive action plan to create the national obesity care framework that incorporates research, education, policy, and community recommendations to improve the health of Canadians living with obesity
  • Build linkages and secure commitment from health system stakeholders
  • Integrated knowledge translation, including patient-oriented research approaches, and implementation science
  • Project management
  • Environmental scanning
  • Evidence review and synthesis
  • Policy analysis and briefings
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Modeling and forecasting
  • Stakeholder consultation, including patient and public engagement
  • Employing innovative knowledge mobilization strategies tailored to the knowledge needs of health system decision makers and practice and policy audiences
  • Impact assessment

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Nova Scotia Health
Nova Scotia
Dr. Tara Sampalli

Nova Scotia Health is transforming our health system through research, innovation and discovery to improve the health of Nova Scotians. We bring together physicians and staff, patients, research scientists, funding bodies, private industry, and community members to facilitate research and innovation excellence.

  • Access to Care enabled by policy and practice
  • Innovation and innovative approaches to address health system priorities
  • Health Human Resource Planning
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Learning Health System
  • Health Policy
  • Health System Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Health Economics

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM)
Sharon Johnston

L'ISM est un leader en matière de recherche, d'éducation et de développement professionnel continu dans la francophonie en Ontario. Son modèle unique, basé sur la collaboration entre chercheurs et utilisateurs des connaissances, a comme objectif d'assurer la création, la transmission et l'application des connaissances pour répondre aux besoins de tous les partenaires.

L'ISM mène des programmes de recherche qui sont axés sur les besoins des patients et des participants aux soins et aux services de santé. Ces programmes touchent :

  • La télésanté
  • La santé mentale
  • L'interconnexion des soins – Équipe Santé Ontario
  • La gestion des maladies chroniques
  • L'initiative « Choisir avec soins »

Le stagiaire contribuera de façon importante à :

  • Mettre en œuvre et/ou améliorer de services en santé
  • Évaluer des programmes
  • Développer de politiques et procedures
  • Collecter et analyser de données
  • Participer au transfert de connaissances et aux activités de rayonnement

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Vancouver Coastal Health/ Legacy for Airway Health
British Columbia
Chris Carlsten

The goal of Legacy for Airway Health is to improve care for people living with COPD and asthma. The candidate will aid in this effort through a quality improvement and implementation science frameworks within the health authority working across the continuum of care. Our goal is to aid in the development of a learning health system for airways disease in Vancouver Coastal Health.

  • Integrated knowledge translation, including patient-oriented research approaches, and implementation science
  • Quality improvement
  • Learning health system

Through a knowledge cycle framework, the fellow will work with stakeholders to implement quality improvement and research initiatives, evaluated for continued improvement


BC Centre for Disease Control, Environmental Health Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, Legacy for Airway Health
British Columbia
Christopher Carlsten

It is expected that periods of wildfire smoke will worsen in BC, resulting in increased population health risks and exacerbations for people living with COPD and asthma. Using integrated knowledge translation (iKT) methods, we engage with stakeholders to help protect the public from wildfire smoke exposure. To assist in this work, the candidate will create a Public Health Preparedness Plan for Wildfire Smoke for BC.

  • Integrated knowledge translation, including patient-oriented research approaches, and implementation science
  • Wildfire smoke and public health

The fellow will undertake significant stakeholder engagement, environmental scanning, literature reviews, and exploration of avenues for increased knowledge translation in the field of wildfire smoke and health.


Waypoint Research Institute, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care
Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Vice President, Research & Academics
705-549-3181 x2657

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and its embedded research unit, the Waypoint Research Institute, are focused on conducting clinically relevant research, developing methods to better integrate research findings into practice, and engaging patients in research and practice. The impact goal for this fellowship is to advance Waypoint's expertise in conducting patient-oriented research, becoming a forensic centre of excellence, and operationalizing learning health system frameworks across the hospital.

The fellowship will be associated with one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Building and implementing models of integrated care
  • Supporting the development and implementation of patient-oriented research practices, policies, and procedures
  • Implementing best practices within the field of mental health care using implementation science and practice
  • Engaging in applied forensic research

The fellow will undertake interesting work and contribute in the following ways:

  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Literature reviews and syntheses
  • Stakeholder engagement, including patient engagement
  • Program/project development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Knowledge mobilization for practice, research, and policy audiences

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alzheimer Society of Canada
Josh Armstrong

The Alzheimer Society's vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Our mission is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and to promote research. The impact goal for this fellowship would be to conduct research on dementia and develop knowledge translation outputs to support our mission.

  • Implementation of best practices for primary care physicians
  • Economic impact of dementia
  • Modifiable risk factors for dementia
  • Dementia-Friendly communities
  • Understanding the differences across people living with dementia
  • Access to information and services post diagnosis
  • Impact of early treatment
  • Addressing stigma
  • Emotional well-being in people living with dementia and their caregivers

The scope of tasks and responsibilities of the fellow will be designed specifically for the candidate's skills, interests, and experiences, the following list outlines the potential nature of the experience:

  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Environmental Scanning
  • Quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Policy briefings
  • Modeling and forecasting
  • Program evaluation
  • Impact assessment

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Indigenous Wellness Core (IWC)
Dr. Richard Oster, IWC Scientific Director

The Métis Settlements Primary Care Initiative aims to promote health equity by establishing and sustaining access to primary health care in the eight Métis Settlements in partnership with Métis Settlements Health Board.

This initiative contributes to Alberta Health Services' Indigenous Health Commitments, specifically Goal 7 ("We will collaborate with Indigenous patients, families and communities to identify and fill programming and services gaps"), Action 7.2 ("Invest in or re-allocate resources for health and wellness programs and services co-designed by … Métis Settlements").

Métis Settlements Health Board held strategic planning sessions that identified four theme areas, health priorities, and actionable goals. The Fellow would support implementation of the co-design Primary Health Care priorities with the IWC's Scientific Director. Activities may include: environmental scanning, attending implementation meetings with project leadership, supporting business case and operational plans, supporting evaluation activities.


Institute of Health Economics (IHE)
Dr. Jeff Round

IHE is an independent, not-for-profit organization that works with government, academia, health system and healthcare industry partners to inform coordinated, innovative, evidence-guided health policy and practice evidence and advice. IHE works across the health system to promote the uptake of evidence into practice and policy.

Priority areas include:

  • Applied and methodological research in decision analytic modelling and real world data
  • Health technology assessment
  • Multi-sectoral analysis of health policy and investment
  • Infectious disease and vaccine economics
  • Methods for economic evaluation of digital technologies
  • Evaluation of public health interventions
  • Early economic evaluations
  • Health system optimisation
  • Economic analysis of policies/technologies using econometric and/or decision analytic modelling methods
  • Health technology assessment including systematic reviews, rapid reviews, environmental scans, evidence synthesis
  • Methods research in any area of health economics or health technology assessment
  • Policy engagement – working with system partners for project scoping, analysis, presenting results, briefing senior decision-makers

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

IWK Health
Nova Scotia
Dr. Douglas Sinclair

IWK Health aspires to transform care through full integrated, internationally recognized research, teaching, and care. Our impact goal for a health system impact fellowship is to advance the science of learning health systems by exploring the use of data to inform health care decision-making.

The fellow will be embedded within 1-2 clinical teams to support learning health system transformation in micro-environments and at the organizational level. Fellow will aim to:

  1. Explore the use of clinical and administrative data to inform decision making in practice
  2. Support data capture, linkage, and sharing within the organization through rapid cycle improvement across programs
  3. Enhance a culture of rapid learning and improvement

Fellow will engage in a range of activities to address the impact goal, including:

  • Environmental scan
  • Key informant interviews and qualitative data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis of existing clinical and administrative databases
  • Report and manuscript writing

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
International (Brussels, Belgium)
Josep Figueras, Suszy Lessof, Florian Tille

The Observatory is a WHO-hosted partnership that generates and disseminates evidence for policy-making. It uses comparative analysis of health systems and trends to give decision-makers insights into how their own and other systems operate; what works in different contexts; and what are the underlying reasons for this. Ultimately, the Observatory aims to help countries strengthen their health systems to improve people's health and wellbeing.

The Observatory has the four key functions of country monitoring, analysis, health systems performance assessment (HSPA) and knowledge brokering, with analysis and knowledge brokering likely offering the best opportunities to embed the research partnership. Currently, it has four analytic priorities:

  • Economics of health and health systems (incl. e.g., health financing);
  • Governance for better public health (incl. at EU levels);
  • Organizational models, skill mix and financing for effective integrated care (incl. e.g., service delivery, and health workforce);
  • Implementing organizational and technological innovation (incl. e.g., innovation strategies and transferability of policy options).
These are being updated for its new partnership period 2024-8 to better reflect Europe’s health systems challenges but will continue to emphasize where evidence can support better policy.

The Observatory has a large number of differentiated outputs, including publications, policy dialogues, and evidence briefings. These are tailored for different audiences and uses along specific dissemination routes. The nature of the embedded work the Fellow may anticipate engaging in includes:

  • Working with the Observatory and stakeholders to define evidence needs;
  • Research and (qualitative and quantitative) analysis on policy relevant topics;
  • Data analysis;
  • Developing concepts for and writing policy briefs;
  • Contributing to economic evaluation, modeling and forecasting;
  • Contributing to longer studies;
  • Shaping evidence to reach particular constituencies, e.g., Observatory Partners, WHO, Ministries of Health, and others;
  • Collaborating with the Observatory team and its networks including the Health Systems and Policies Monitor (HSPM);
  • Contributing to shaping and delivering Observatory events;
  • Contributing content for the Observatory website


Alberta Health Services – Primary Health Care Integration Network
Judy Seidel

The Provincial Primary Health Care Program strives to advance primary healthcare and build an integrated health system for all. We accelerate the development and adoption of a person-centred, integrated health and social care system across Alberta, with emphasis on improving transitions in care for patients and providers across the province. 

Current areas for innovation in primary health care: 

  • Primary healthcare sustainability
  • System foundations (e.g., exploring various models of care in primary health care to support comprehensive care needs)
  • Improving patient experience and flow when accessing health services (e.g., virtual care evaluations)
  • Improving transitions in care
  • Social intervention partnerships (e.g., social prescribing)
  • Understanding of the current context of health service delivery and policy in Alberta
  • Synthesizing available evidence on best practices and models of care
  • Taking population health lens to evaluating best practices and implementation models
  • Engaging provincial primary care stakeholders and patients on care experiences, health system challenges, and implementation considerations.


Ontario Health – North Regions
Robert Barnett, Director of Capacity Access & Flow

Ontario Health seeks to support better care for all by connecting and coordinating Ontario’s health system. The delivery of care necessary to support residents of our northern regions requires the development of care models and frameworks based upon best-practices for population health management in a rural and remote communities.

We are guided by five long-term strategic priorities:

  1. Reduce health inequities 
  2. Transform care with the person at the centre
  3. Enhance clinical care and service excellence
  4. Maximize system value by applying evidence
  5. Strengthen Ontario Health’s ability to lead

There are opportunities for evidence-based framework development, stakeholder consultation, environmental scanning, data analysis, literature reviews, policy briefings, and modeling and/or forecasting. Areas of focus are protecting hospital capacity through management of COVID-19 and influenza-like-illnesses, reducing ALC, emergency department stability, and building health human resources for our northern and rural communities.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

VHA Home HealthCare
Dr. Sandra McKay

VHA Home HealthCare is committed to the use of our administrative, clinical & client voice data to drive homecare system change to improve the client, family and point-of care provider experience. We are seeking a collaborative fellow to join the team - share their expertise, generate rigorous evidence to influence decision making and create immediate impact.

VHA Research has identified Better Care, Safer Teams & A More Connected System as our 5 year strategic research priority areas where we have embedded research expertise to support a HSI Fellow.

  • Better Care: Improvements in clinical best practice, education and documentation for point of care providers.
  • Safer Team: Research focused on occupational health and safety & mental health and wellness.
  • A More Connected System: Work that is directed toward health system improvements, transitions in care, client experience, labour force and wage-related economic impacts

This is an opportunity to join a thriving team of academically trained researchers embedded within a homecare company delivering 3.5 million visits to more than 110 thousand clients through more than 2500 direct care providers annually. It is expected that together with the fellow a research study would be developed and delivered that aligns with our research priorities, utilizes our well-established data infrastructure and client voice network while leveraging our collective research and home health care system expertise.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Tłı̨chǫ Government
Northwest Territories
Crystal Milligan
1-867-766-4003 Ext. 1014

Tłı̨chǫ Government aims to create opportunities for Tłı̨chǫ citizens to engage in healing and wellness. To this end, we are developing an addictions-to-wellness strategy, developed and implemented through interorganizational and community partnerships, with the goal to enhance support for Tłı̨chǫ citizens in their journeys toward addictions recovery and wellness.

We will build our evidence base to inform innovations and programming/services in addictions recovery/healing. The candidate will lead/support strengths-based research in one or more priority areas, such as:

  • Epidemiology of addictions
  • Cost-benefit analysis and best practices in First Nations-led treatment centres
  • Community aftercare and case management

While the scope and responsibilities will be tailored to the candidate, varied tasks may include surveys, data analysis, literature reviews, economic evaluation, program evaluation, environmental scanning and/or community consultation. We are particularly interested in applicants with skill and experience in quantitative data analysis and Indigenous methods of research/evaluation.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral and/or Early Career Researcher

Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health
Claire Checkland

Our key impact goal is to have develop effective knowledge mobilization strategies related to guidelines for behavioral symptoms. The postdoctoral fellow would play a lead role in identifying effective knowledge mobilization approaches for this guideline.

Our organizations priority areas are:

  • knowledge synthesis related to behavioural symptoms of dementia
  • development of knowledge tools for behaviours in dementia
  • identification of best practices in knowledge mobilization for behaviours in dementia

The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in guideline working panel and take a lead role in the knowledge mobilization for this guideline. This will include:

  • scoping reviews of knowledge mobilization strategies
  • identification of existing knowledge translation tools
  • stakeholder engagement to identify priorities for knowledge mobilization


Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public
Catherine Purenne
514-890-8000 poste 15488

The CEPPP aims to make partnership with patients and the public a science, a practice, a culture, and the new standard to improve the health of all and the (health) experience of each. The CEPPP also promotes an action-research approach to the implementation and science of patient and public partnership. In parallel with the realization of the various CEPPP accompaniment projects conducted in a vast array of health organizations, the CEPPP endeavors to serve as a hub for continuous learning, knowledge transfer, and innovation about the processes and impacts of partnership on the health ecosystem.

  • The economics of patient engagement or the financial impact of patient engagement and partnership;
  • The development, strengthening and mobilization of patient skills, knowledge and expertise in the health ecosystem;
  • The evaluation of partnership with caregivers in healthcare;
  • Leadership of patients in health;
  • Patients/caregivers as actors in safety in health.

The fellow will be called upon to:

  • Contribute via an action-research approach to the field of patient and public engagement and partnership through the implementation of a mini-study or project related to the candidate's expertise;
  • Accompany teams and/or organizations in the implementation of patient and public partnerships;
  • Co-develop evaluation frameworks, methodological guides and research protocols to capture the partnership experience and its effects at three levels (clinical, organizational, policy);
  • Study and contribute to publications on the partnership experience and its effects at three levels (clinical, organizational, policy).

The CEPPP requests that all candidates interested in working with the Centre provide an expression of interest to the contact provided by Friday, January 27th. The CEPPP will thereafter contact candidates for follow-up discussions based on the best alignment of interests to the Centre's objectives. The CEPPP will only support a limited number of candidates (2 maximum) for submission in this competition cycle in 2023-24.

Considering the nature of the accompaniment and of the projects of the Centre, the candidates must speak and write in French (English proficiency is appreciated).


Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing, Canadian Red Cross
Kate Mulligan

The Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing aims to understand and advance best practices in social prescribing across Canada, with a commitment to health equity, collaboration and community leadership. We understand social prescribing to mean supported referrals between health and community services that address the social determinants of health and centre individual and community self-determination. We welcome proposals that help us understand the diversity and impacts of social prescribing across Canada, particularly with respect to our commitments above; connect promising people and practices; and grow the pan-Canadian support infrastructure for research, innovation, policy and action.

  • Social prescribing
  • Health equity
  • Integrated care
  • Community health
  • Community leadership
  • Community services
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health promotion
  • Prevention
  • Self-management
  • Self-determination
  • Co-production
  • Pan-Canadian
  • Global health
  • Knowledge mobilization 
  • Innovation
  • Scale and spread
  • Policy
  • Implementation science
  • Collective impact
  • Research infrastructure
  • Intersectoral collaboration

Depending on the applicant's particular interest, work activities may include:

  • knowledge mobilization 
  • communications across academic, policy, social and mainstream media
  • policy briefings
  • stakeholder consultation
  • environmental scanning 
  • quantitative data analysis 
  • qualitative data analysis 
  • economic evaluation 
  • program evaluation
  • evidence synthesis and review
  • arts-informed research

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Alberta Health Services – Population and Public Health
Gary Teare, Scientific Director

Provincial Population and Public Health (PPPH) reaches through and beyond health care facilities, and far into the community, to promote and protect the health of Albertans. We seek a Fellow to collaborate on impactful, sustainable population health innovations for better, equitable health of people in Alberta.

  • Improve immunization coverage - infant; school-based; adult
  • Cancer screening programs - increasing uptake; innovative methods
  • Partnering with communities, schools, workplaces and health care to promote health
  • Sexually transmitted and blood borne infections - innovations to address unprecedented incidence
  • Disasters - resilience and response

We welcome individualizing the scope and duties with interested candidates of diverse of research and evaluation backgrounds. Examples include:

  • Stakeholder/Community Engagement and Consultations
  • Literature Reviews and Grant Writing
  • Knowledge Production (Quantitative/Qualitative)
  • Program Planning and Evaluations
  • Impact Assessments and Cost-Effectiveness
  • Scale, spread and sustainability planning

Holly Stanczak
613-407-1252 is a national non-profit focused on mental health promotion by providing upstream education and capacity-building programming to youth aged 15-24 across Canada. Our work aims to enhance young people's ability to recognize struggle in both themselves and their peers, seek out appropriate mental health support and resources, and advocate for systems that are better able to meet the diverse and complex needs of young people. Our goal is to ensure that every young person in the country gets the help they deserve.

While we are open to opportunities that suit the researcher's area of expertise, potential areas for support include: - Evaluation of Be There Certificate (, a digital education resource that aims to improve user knowledge and confidence related to providing informal support to youth during periods of mental health struggle - Evaluation of our youth Advocacy Skill Development Framework - Continued scaling of our Campus Assessment Tool project ( related to post-secondary mental health programs and services - Research into the mental health needs of priority populations

  • Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis
  • Program evaluation (including planning and collection)
  • Literature reviews
  • Environmental scans

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Institute of Circumpolar Health Research
Northwest Territories
Kimberly Fairman
1 867-873-9337

The ICHR works very closely with the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN). The objectives of this Network are:

  • Build a primary health care (PHC) learning health systems platform across Canada based on a PHC information system and provincial/territorial practice-based research and learning networks (PBRLNs).
  • Facilitate the reach and adaptation of successful patient-oriented primary and integrated care innovations.
  • Generate and mobilize knowledge that informs and transforms practice, clinical care, and decision-making for better and more equitable health outcomes.
  • Increase capacity among researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, patient partners, and Indigenous communities to develop and apply primary and integrated health care knowledge in practice.
  • Nurture a highly coordinated, decentralized Network with a tetrapartite governance structure (patient partners, policymakers, clinicians and researchers).
  • Create and nurture sustained, meaningful partnerships with financial partners, other SPOR funded networks/units, Indigenous communities/organizations and all other partners.
  • Provide support and opportunities for active engagement in CPCRN activities for Indigenous people and other people marginalized in health care and research.
  • To evaluate how meaningful and impactful are our sustained partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners across the CPCRN
  • Adapt a Community-based participatory research impact model and tools to our Network with the intent to evaluate our partnerships and how we develop sustained partnerships (i.e., the processes how we develop sustained partnerships)
  • Collect data for the evaluation
  • Create a report and potential manuscript with recommendations (What information does the Network need to track for the future?)
  • Provide support to the Network Evaluation Committee

The doctoral student will:

  • Conduct interviews and focus groups to adapt the model to our Network and complete cognitive testing of existing tools
  • Once adapted, the doctoral student will conduct interviews, administer questionnaires, and conduct focus groups retrospectively (from 2014-present)
  • Network engagement evaluation
  • Write report

PhD (doctoral)

Women's College Hospital, Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care
Ibukun Abejirinde
416-323-6400 x7516

Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) is an applied research institute that supports the design and evaluation of innovative projects in Ontario and beyond. We inform real world solutions that aim to address current and future problems of our healthcare system. The Virtual Care team at WIHV conducts large scale multi-site evaluations of complex programs at a provincial and federal level to inform policy, research and practice.

Wellness Together Canada (WTC) is Canada's first and only national 24/7 funded virtual mental health and substance use service for people in Canada and Canadians living abroad. Delivered in partnership by Homewood Health, Kids Help Phone, and Stepped Care Solutions, WTC was launched in April 2020, as a rapid response to national mental health concerns brought on or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed based on the Stepped Care 2.0 model, WTC has been designed to be used on demand. People can access what they need, when they need it. A range of virtual mental health and substance use resources and services are offered to the individual, with no out of pocket cost and instant access. With over 3 million unique visitors to date, the awareness, use, and impact of the portal continues to grow everyday. An evaluation of the platform is useful to inform service delivery improvement and assess impact.

We welcome a compassionate and resourceful Fellow who can work with us to assess the results achieved by WTC, demonstrate the portal's impact on the well-being of Canadians, and establish measures for accountability as a publicly funded service. In collaboration with Stepped Care Solutions, we offer a unique opportunity to work alongside industry and academic partners to:

  • Define and refine impact outcomes and indicators for measurement and presentation to funders and partners
  • Identify opportunities for using data to inform policy planning and decision-making at an organisational and national level
  • Create data processes and pipelines to enable rigorous data collection and synthesis in reports and dashboards
  • Identify metrics that will inform a robust economic evaluation of WTC and maximise the return on investment of WTC for key stakeholders
  • Translate evaluation findings into actionable policies and practices to scale, spread and sustain WTC

The fellow will be co-supervised by researchers at WIHV and Stepped Care Solutions.


Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
Josiane Loiselle-Boudreau et
Gilles Paradis
514-864-1600 #3756 (Josiane Loiselle-Boudreau)
514-864-1600 #3622 (Gilles Paradis)

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*Please note that INSPQ staff are teleworking. Email address should be used to contact them.

L'Institut a pour mission de développer la connaissance et contribuer à la surveillance de l'état de santé de la population et de ses déterminants. Tel qu'annoncé dans son plan stratégique 2019-2022, l'Institut souhaite investir dans le secteur de l'intelligence artificielle qui offre de multiples possibilités applicables à la santé publique.
La politique linguistique de l'INSPQ prévoit que les stagiaires doivent pouvoir communiquer, lire et écrire en français.

  • Modélisation des maladies infectieuses
  • Désinformations et IA
  • ldentification de substances émergentes par des techniques innovantes dans le domaine de la chimie analytique
  • Qualité de l'air extérieur

Le ou la titulaire d'une BISS – volet IA équitable à l'Institut mettra en application les méthodes d'IA pour s'attaquer aux problèmes de santé publique touchant les diverses populations du Canada. La personne collaborera avec une cohorte de titulaires d'une BISS – volet IA équitable œuvrant dans des organismes fédéraux et provinciaux de santé publique afin de développer les capacités en IA pour la recherche et la pratique dans le domaine de la santé publique. Rendez-vous au pour en savoir plus sur le volet IA équitable des BISS.

  • Aptitudes d'apprentissage (Machine learning)
  • Aide à la décision - Analyse de données quantitatives ou qualitatives
  • Surveillance en santé (usage des médicaments)
  • Analyse du contexte
  • Élaboration de stratégies - etc.

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PhD (doctoral) and Post-doctoral

St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
Dr. Sharon E. Straus

Our organisation's vision is to provide the best care experiences, created together and academic excellence. Our goals are to lead in world class specialty care, provide care for our urban communities, excel in care for those experiencing disadvantage, and conduct impactful research innovation and education. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fragility of our health systems and health care workforce in Canada and the critical need for novel and rigorously-created solutions and this fellowship will tackle these important issues.

Priority areas include reducing health disparities and improving the patient care experience from the community through to acute care and rehabilitation. Strategies may include novel care models and health human workforce solutions.

We welcome tailoring the work to the individual's interests. The fellow will have opportunity to use an integrated knowledge mobilisation approach in all activities including co-creation with relevant knowledge users. Knowledge users include patients, caregivers, clinicians, managers and policy makers amongst others. Together, we will co-create, implement and evaluate strategies to meet patient/caregiver needs, and address health disparities, using an intersectionality lens.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Ontario Health – Primary Care Program
Beth Bosiak

Ontario Health seeks to connect, coordinate, and modernize our province's health care system. Ontario Health works with partners, providers, and patients to make the health system more efficient to support better health and well-being for all Ontarians. The primary care program aims to lead a provincial effort to improve the delivery of comprehensive primary care to ensure access, equity, integration, and coordination of care.

Organization's Priority Areas: Our work is guided by five long-term strategic priorities:

  • Reduce health inequities
  • Transform care with the person at the centre
  • Enhance clinical care and service excellence
  • Maximize system value by applying evidence
  • Strengthen Ontario Health's ability to lead

The HSIF will help shape the primary care data strategy and provide quantitative methodological support for primary care data projects that align with Ontario Health objectives.


Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Ingrid Botting

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority provides health services to more than 750,000 Manitobans, employees 14,340, and offers services across the continuum (Hospital, Community and Long-term care). The impact goal is to advance key areas of the WRHA strategic plan while supporting innovative thinking and analysis in primary care and community health.

The priority area of focus will be to identify barriers to access in primary care, community and home care services to meet the needs of diverse populations. The fellow will work with clinical leadership, decision support teams, and others to develop analyses that will inform action plans, targets and measures.

  • Learning to effectively collaborate with health system leaders
  • Working collaboratively to frame questions of relevance to the Region's strategic priorities
  • Determining the methodology to address the questions
  • Identifying quantitative and qualitative data to address the research questions which may involve stakeholder consultation

PhD (doctoral) or Post-doctoral

Canadian Cancer Society
Ontario (CCS is a national organization and the fellowship will be substantially remote with opportunity for occasional in-person in Vancouver or Toronto area)
Sharon Lee

CCS funds promising cancer research, advocates for health-protecting policies and provides trusted information, resources and support for people in Canada, affected by cancer.

Information and Support Services aim to provide the highest quality cancer information, promote cancer prevention and provide targeted support to help people with cancer and caregivers' cope.

CCS intends to refine and implement a key performance indicator (KPI) framework applied to Information and Support Services (ISS). Improved outcome measurement will lead to more effective assessment of the organization's impact on people affected by cancer and the ability to communicate their stories to sustain, innovate and improve programming.

The following skills will advance the implementation of a KPI framework within a real-world setting:

  • Literature review
  • Process analysis and feasibility study to inform data collection
  • Selection process for outcome measures and measurement tools

Project findings will inform integrated dashboard development and engagement of health-system stakeholders to support ISS outcomes.

PhD (doctoral)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
Steve Slade
905-629-0900 ext. 570

Canada's health system is globally renowned for its strong reliance on family physicians, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is an integral leader that sets standards for education, certifies and supports family physicians, advances research, and advocates for change that advances health and health care through the patient-physician relationship. As part of its corporate objectives, the CFPC aims to:

  • Promote continuity and comprehensiveness of care delivered by family physicians' practices and local/regional health systems.
  • Support family physicians in adapting their competence in areas required by patients and communities.
  • Enhance the contribution of family medicine to health services planning, informed by data and evidence.
  • Promote the unique contributions that certified family physicians make to the health of all people in Canada.
  • Contribute to equitable health outcomes and challenge systemic racism across the functions of the CFPC.

With support from the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, the CFPC looks forward to working with CIHR Health System Impact (HSI) Fellows to enhance the organization's impact in these areas.

The CFPC invites the creative and inspired thinking of HSI Fellows who see alignment between their research interests and the CFPC's corporate objectives. Linked to ongoing CFPC initiatives, the HSI Fellow will work with content experts to develop questions and lead research in one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Indicator development and analysis of comprehensive family practice, including the breadth of family physician's professional roles in clinical and non-clinical settings as well as the health services they provide in primary, tertiary, and other care settings.
  • Health workforce research, focusing on family physician supply, distribution, mobility, and retention.
  • Research, analyses, and visualizations that depict family practice across diverse geographies, health service areas, and in the context of population and community health needs.
  • Integration of CFPC data holdings, such as membership data, continuing professional development information, and practice surveys, exploring the use of CFPC data to address relevant health system and health care issues.
  • Collaborating with education researchers to illuminate outcomes of medical education, focusing on how the evolution of family medicine training relates to family physicians' future practice patterns, community adaptiveness, career trajectories, and other outcomes.
  • Research related to health professions education that focuses on comprehensive, interprofessional team-based primary care, aligned with the multi-partner "Team Primary Care – Training for Transformation" initiative.
  • Exploration of models of primary care, such as the Patient's Medical Home, that integrate health services, support care providers, and optimize patient health outcomes and population health.
  • Explore how patients and communities can contribute to health system learning that supports all health team members (family physicians, interprofessional members and patients/communities).

The HSI Fellow will engage and collaborate broadly, including with colleagues from across all divisions of the CFPC, CFPC members affiliated with university-based departments of family medicine, community-based family physicians, and partners within other health organizations. The HSI Fellow will develop their professional network and build relevant experience in health systems research and policy, in addition to the opportunity to conduct research relevant to their skills and interests using CFPC-held data. Work opportunities will focus on a broad range of policy and research related activities, such as:

  • Co-creating research designs with family medicine/primary care researchers and patient-partners, producing outcomes (results, findings) with practical applications.
  • Interaction with policy developers, CFPC committees and working groups, decision-makers, and other key constituents to define information needs and to bring evidence to health system change.
  • Application of PhD-level research knowledge and skill to activities such as information gathering, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data visualization, manuscript creation, and conference/meeting/webinar presentations.
  • Mentorship and coaching – the HSI Fellow will have opportunities to share their unique knowledge and expertise, and also to learn from content experts and mentors within the family medicine community.
  • Integration of diverse data sets held by the CFPC and other sources to generate new evidence and insight on health system improvement that meets patient, community, and population level health needs.

With its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, the CFPC is a pan-Canadian, distributed organization that supports remote work and collaboration across Canada.

PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Fraser Health Authority, Department of Virtual Health
British Columbia
Maria Montenegro

The Fraser Health Authority’s Department of Virtual Health oversees the virtualization of regional services in the Fraser Health region. Our vision is to enhance patient care and provider experience by fostering a culture of clinical transformation. We do this by partnering with clinical leadership to drive and lead the strategic direction on the design, implementation, adoption, and integration of virtual health services to ensure the delivery of high-quality healthcare services.

The Virtual Health Evaluation and Strategy team works in partnership with clinical teams, patient partners and internal stakeholders to provide evidence-based suggestions to support Virtual Health's work.

Current priority areas include:

  • Synthesizing evidence of virtual health implementation and outcomes
  • Monitoring and evaluation of virtual health services
  • Planning and executing knowledge translation initiatives to help Clinical and Project Leads use evidence to inform decisions

The fellow will have the opportunity of co-leading:

  • Evidence Reviews
  • Program evaluations using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Survey and questionnaire design and implementation
  • Development of knowledge translation products such as reports, infographics, and others.

PhD (doctoral)

Canadian Health Leadership Network
Kelly Grimes
Demonstrate the return on investment of health leadership and its impact on organization and system performance and transformation using evidence informed, comparative case study approach. The Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet)'s Leadership Development Impact (LDI) Assessment Toolkit will be used as a foundation for this evaluation.
  • Literature review on health leadership and its impact on performance and transformation.
  • Case study in 3 to 5 health organizations using CHLNet's LDI Toolkit.
  • Evidence informed strategy that champions strategic leadership excellence based on a logic model.
  • Advise on best approaches and tools to mobilize evidence to CHLNet's 40+ network partners.
  1. Literature review and evidence synthesis on health leadership and its impact.
  2. Case study of 3 to 5 leadership development programs and its impact.
  3. Policy synthesis that champions strategic leadership excellence and is based on a logic model.
  4. Consultation and presentations with CHLNet’s 40+ network partners.
PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher
Health Canada
Allana LeBlanc
We hope to partner with a fellow/Early Career Researcher who will like to work in implementing FAIR data principles across Health Canada. We have done a lot of work on "F" (Findable), but less so in the A (Accessible), I (Interoperable), or R (Reusable). This may be by implementing specific projects, by creating learning material, or even by creating an entire program to support FAIR data across Health Canada. The Office of the Chief Data Officer and Chief Scientific Data Officer supports the implementation of the Health Canada Data Strategy and Open Science Action Plan. Our office is split into four areas of focus: People and Culture, Governance, Science, and Data Services and Data Science. The candidate would support science files and the implementation of FAIR data principles. The work of the Office of the Chief Data Officer and Chief Scientific Data Officer spans from governance and policy to data science and services. We support scientists implement FAIR data principles and troubleshoot specific questions. All our work is focused on making data work better for Canadians. We develop policies, write communications material, conduct surveys, integrate AI, and service clients. The fellow or Early Career Researcher will be housed in the Policy Partnerships and Science Division and primarily support work of the Chief Scientific Data Officer, but there is flexibility on specific projects. PhD (doctoral), Post-doctoral or Early Career Researcher

Réseau de santé Vitalité Health Network - Research and Health Evaluation
New Brunswick
Erika Dugas

One of Canada's 2022 Top 40 Research Hospitals, Vitalité Health Network is a regional health authority providing health services in New Brunswick. The fellow will contribute their expertise to support integration of evidence-based best practices into clinical activities to address complex healthcare challenges and to change the way health systems implement and sustain integrated care interventions.
  • Primary care
  • Patient flow
  • Learning Health Systems
  • Senior health
  • Mental health
  • Provide support to the organization's goal of becoming a Learning Health System that enables rapid implementation, evaluation, spread, scale, and sustainability of effective and equitable integrated care interventions to achieve the quintuple aim (i.e., improved outcomes for patients, providers, health system, population health, and health equity)
  • Review of evidence-based best practices relevant to health system priorities
Early Career Researcher
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