Environments and Health

The initiative at a glance

The physical, social, cultural and built environments in which we live, work, and play are critical to our health, development and wellbeing over the course of our lives. These environmental factors intersect and contribute both positively and negatively to our health.

The Environments and Health Signature Initiative will build upon Canadian research strengths and expertise and strengthen Canada's position as an international leader in interdisciplinary environments and health research.  

The initiative will support research focused on etiology, data platform enhancement and intersectoral prevention. There are three nexus priority areas: agri-food, resource development and urban form. CIHR's four research themes are included in this initiative from biomedical to the social, cultural and environmental influences on population health.

The initiative is co-led by the CIHR Institutes of Population and Public Health and Infection and Immunity in partnership with the Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health; Human Development, Child and Youth Health Nutrition; Metabolism and Diabetes. Collaborating institutes include the Institutes of Gender and Health; Aging; and Aboriginal Peoples Health.

We welcome participation of external partners.

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