IHDCYH Initiatives

To deliver on the strategic priorities outlined in our 2013-17 Strategic Plan: Healthy Foundations of Life and consequent 2018-2020 Refreshed Strategic Plan, the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) is both participating in Priority-Driven Research initiatives along with other CIHR institutes and external partners, as well as leading institute-specific initiatives to deliver on other areas relevant to the strategic priorities. These initiatives align with IHDCYH’s priorities to have the strongest possible impact on health and health care for the benefit of Canadians as follows:

IHDCYH Strategic Research Priorities

Healthy Developmental Trajectories
Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)
HeLTI is focused on shaping international policy around intervention during the earliest stages of life for the improvement of health and the prevention of later life non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and mental health.
Preterm Birth Initiative
IHDCYH’s Preterm Birth Initiative is improving our understanding of how to care for premature babies, strengthening health care services for high risk pregnancies and premature babies in all regions of the country, and stimulating new avenues of research in preterm birth.
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC)
CEEHRC supports leading edge research on the role of DNA and environment interactions in human health and disease and translating epigenetic discoveries into better clinical care and outcomes for patients.
Healthy Reproduction, Pregnancy, Childhood and Youth
Environments and Health
The Environments and Health initiative will support research focused on etiology, data platform enhancement and intersectoral prevention.
Clinician-Investigator Teams in Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The Clinician-Investigator Teams in Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine program is providing practicing clinicians who have limited protected time to undertake research, with the resources they need to establish teams to increase their capacity to do research.
Healthy Public Policy and Systems Integration
Transitions in Care
The goal of the Transitions in Care (TiC) initiative is to improve the health and wellness of Canadians by supporting research that transforms the health system to optimize the outcomes of individuals experiencing transitions in care.
Applied Chairs in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services and Policy Research
By working closely with decision makers, the Applied Chairs are studying issues of relevance to health system managers, policy makers and healthcare providers in the areas of reproductive health services; child health services; and youth health services.
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.
Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research
These multi-disciplinary teams were a strategic investment in the areas of injury prevention, treatment and control that created new knowledge and directly impacted the development of policies, programs and products related to the safety of Canadians.
Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC)
The CBPHC Signature Initiative supports innovative approaches to improving the delivery of appropriate and high-quality community-based primary health care to Canadians. CBPHC covers services across the continuum of care, from health promotion and disease prevention to rehabilitation support, home care and end-of-life care.
eHealth Innovations
The initiative aims to develop, integrate, and evaluate patient-oriented eHealth innovations that will improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care.
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways)
This initiative aims to develop the evidence base in how to design, offer and implement programs and policies that promote health and health equity in four priority areas: suicide prevention, tuberculosis, diabetes/obesity and oral health.

Enabling Tactics

These tactics represent key foundational elements that are applied when making decisions about our initiatives. These elements reflect our culture and values, and are critical to our success as an organization and in meeting our strategic goals.

Trainees and Early Career Investigators
CIHR Early Career Investigators in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health
The program funds research that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes. Ultimately, the program aims to strengthen Canada’s capacity and knowledge to respond to challenges and needs by providing important early career development support to researchers in these fields.
SickKids-CIHR-IHDCYH New Investigator Grants in Child and Youth Health
The program funds research that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes. Ultimately, the program aims to strengthen Canada’s capacity and knowledge to respond to challenges and needs by providing important early career development support to researchers in these fields.
Knowledge Translation
IHDCYH Talks
The IHDCYH Talks video competition is intended to improve knowledge translation within IHDCYH’s mandate. Applicants submit a short video that presents a clear evidence-based message to a lay audience that is designed to have a positive impact on the health of children, youth and families.
Data sharing
CIHR Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts
This opportunity funds research that uses data from existing Canadian cohorts, databases, cohort catalogues, and data platforms relevant to reproductive, maternal, child and/or youth health in any one or more of IHDCYH's six strategic priorities. The objective is to highlight and encourage use for research of previously funded cohorts, administrative and survey data to inform improved patient, population and system outcomes.
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