Indigenous initiatives and programs at CIHR

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.
Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)
The network is intended to provide supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by, and grounded in, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada.
Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)
I-HeLTI is focused on enabling the development of Indigenous focused interventions designed to improve health outcomes across the lifespan for Indigenous boys, girls, women, men, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit individuals in Canada.
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.
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.
HIV/AIDS Research Initiative
This initiative manages and oversees the research components of the two major Government of Canada initiatives in HIV/AIDS: the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative.
Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy
The overarching vision of the ICRS is that a well-coordinated series of activities can position Canada to be a world leader in developing the research capacity and amassing the research evidence needed to appropriately roll out policy and regulatory models for non-medical cannabis use.
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN)
The objective of DSEN is to increase the evidence for decision-makers and build research capacity on the safety and effectiveness of drugs and biologics in real world settings.
Indigenous Gender and Wellness Initiative
CIHR has launched Travel Awards to allow interested Indigenous Peoples and allies to attend an Idea Fair and Learning Circle in June on Indigenous Gender and Wellness.
Food security and Climate Change in the Canadian North Initiative
This initiative aims to provide a deeper understanding of food security and climate change in the Canadian North, with particular focus on Indigenous populations, and to support the development of effective approaches, programs and policy to address this issue.
Indigenous Research Chairs in Nursing
The Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing initiative supports the development of best practices in nursing in order to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Mentorship Network Program
The Indigenous Mentorship Network Program aims to facilitate exchange among Indigenous health researchers by creating learning opportunities tailored to Indigenous researchers’ activities.


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