Addressing Health Equity through Programmatic Research
Recognizing the need to give researchers working in the fields of population and public health the opportunity to push beyond project-based proposals, IPPH and its partners launched the Programmatic Grants to Tackle Health and Health Equity. This $21 million investment – the largest single strategic investment ever made by IPPH – is supporting 11 grants over five years.
The programmatic approach to research involves conceptually linked projects that are bound together by a common theme. With this funding, researchers are working to improve health and health equity at a population level in Canada and around the world.
Sex workers, marginalization and health
Dr. Michel Alary
Equity-Oriented Primary Health Care Interventions for Marginalized Populations
Dr. Annette J. Browne
PATHS Equity for Children
Dr. Marni Brownell
Examining the Impact of Social Policies on Health Equity
Dr. Arijit Nandi
Reducing Health Inequities
Dr. Bernadette Pauly
Food systems and health equity in an era of globalization
Dr. Jerry Malcolm Spiegel
Identifying policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity
Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
Ethics, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity
Dr. Daniel Weinstock
Promoting Health Equity by Addressing the Needs of Health Workers
Dr. Annalee Yassi
A mid-term evaluation of this initiative was conducted in 2014, which revealed the considerable progress each team has made since beginning their work in 2011. In addition to their scientific productivity, the teams have also built relationships with policy-makers and practitioners within the public health sector (and beyond), enabling the uptake of their research evidence in the development of policies and programs. In fact, for every $1 CIHR invested in this funding program, the teams have yielded an additional $2.74 in research grants, suggesting a substantial return-on-investment and providing evidence of the high quality of research conducted by funded teams.
This funding program was also highlighted in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health: A Snapshot of Canadian Actions 2015. The report features examples of initiatives across multiple sectors that address the social determinants of health and health equity. It serves as a snapshot of Canada’s efforts to advance the 2011 Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health [ PDF (622 KB) - external link ] objectives of improving the health and wellbeing of citizens through action on living and working conditions.
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