Healthy Cities amplifying impact
Canadian researchers have already been instrumental in identifying what makes a city healthy, yet challenges remain in scaling this research into real-world applications that benefit everyone. With 82% of Canadians now living in cities, and urbanization a growing global trend, research on implementing tested interventions is essential for maximizing the health-promoting potential of urban environments.
Our Healthy Cities Research Initiative represents IPPH’s largest collection of efforts and has the ultimate goal of improving health and health equity for Canadians. We believe the biggest opportunities in healthy cities research lie in scaling-up evidence-based population health interventions that promote health, equity, and well-being. This will require both financial resources and partnerships not only across all levels of government and sectors but also with international organizations and other research funders. In support of this goal, IPPH is leading a Federal Table on Healthy Cities to unify priorities across governmental sectors, as well as an International Funders Forum that will help to create a sustainable large-scale initiative.
|Funding||Strengthen Canada’s global leadership in healthy cities research||Supporting opportunities for large-scale, interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral, pan-Canadian intervention and implementation science initiatives in urban environments|
|Training||Train future researchers in implementation science for healthy cities||Developing a national strategic training initiative for doctoral and post-doctoral students on the science of implementing tested solutions in cities|
|Knowledge Translation||Support evidence use in urban planning and policymaking||Facilitating opportunities for healthy cities research to be co-owned by researchers, policymakers, implementers, and the communities they serve|
Initiative activities and opportunities
- Planning & Dissemination Grants: Healthy Cities Research Partnership Development – launched January 2019. View funding opportunity.
- Dragons’ Den Style Event for Healthy Cities Planning Grantees – December 2018
- Fellowship: Health System Impact Fellowship in Healthy Cities – launched December 2018. View funding opportunity.
- Operating Grant: IPPH Building Healthy Cities - Dragons' Den – launched October 2018. View funding opportunity, View funding decisions.
- Operating Grant: Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts – launched July 2018. View funding opportunity, View funding decisions.
- Fellowship: Knowledge Translation on Urban Housing and Health – launched July 2018. View funding opportunity.
- Researcher Think Tank – December 2017
- Planning Grants: Building Healthy Cities – launched October 2017. View funding opportunity, View funding decisions.
- Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Statistics Canada, Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), Public Health Agency of Canada, Wellcome Trust, The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
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