The following networks, at varying stages of development and implementation, have been identified to deliver on the SPOR objectives:
SPOR Networks in Chronic Diseases
In October 2014, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as a partner in the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) launched the SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease funding opportunity.
On June 9, 2015, CIHR held a strengthening workshop that brought together the 20 successful Letter of Intent (LOI) teams, their partners, and other relevant stakeholders including SPOR SUPPORT Unit representatives. For more information, please see the summary of the workshop.
Through a multi-phase review process spanning from October 2015 to January 2016, five networks were approved for funding. For more information about each of the networks, please consult the SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease page on the CIHR website.
SPOR Network in Youth and Adolescent Mental Health – ACCESS Open Minds
Through a multi-phase selection process, ACCESS Open Minds, led by Dr. Ashok Malla, was selected as the recipient of the SPOR Network in Youth and Adolescent Mental Health. ACCESS Open Minds will bring about transformational change in addressing adolescent and youth mental health and well-being. By connecting patients and youth with researchers, health care professionals, and decision-makers, the Network aims to improve the care provided to young Canadians with mental illness by translating promising research findings into practice and policy. The network is a collaborative effort between CIHR and the Graham Boeckh Foundation, with each providing $12.5 million for a total investment of $25 million.
Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations
The pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations is a key CIHR initiative under the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and the Community-Based Primary Health Care Signature Initiative. It is a Network of networks that builds on regional and national assets in community-based primary and integrated health care. It will foster a new alliance between research, policy and practice to create dynamic and responsive learning systems across the country that develop, evaluate and scale up new approaches to the delivery of horizontally and vertically integrated services within and across sectors of health care (e.g., public health, home and community care, primary, secondary, and tertiary care) as well as outside the health sector (e.g., education, social services, housing).For more information about the Network, please consult the Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations page on the CIHR website
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