PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

Welcome to PHIRN!

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We are a province-wide network linking population health researchers and community partners in order to improve the health of Ontarians and the sustainability of the health care system.

We were created with funds from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to support high-quality applied population health research that addresses complex issues that affect health and health equity using a collaborative approach and to promote the production and dissemination of new knowledge, best practices and policies.

We are housed within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa and headed by Ivy Lynn Bourgeault as Scientific Director and Nancy Edwards as Scientific Advisor. It also consists of two research programmes – one on Patterns and Pathways of Inequities, which is co-led by University of Ottawa professor Ronald Labonté and University of Toronto researcher Carlos Quinonez – and one on Population Health Interventions co-lead by University of Ottawa professor Douglas Manual and McMaster University professor Jim Dunn. 


To undertake more and better population health research in Ontario/with an Ontario focus to help leverage funds from other sources

To enhance capacity in population health research in the province

  • Research production capacity (i.e, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty development)
  • Research user capacity enhancement

To inform policy and practice related to population health in the province with the ultimate goal of improving overall health and health equity


PHIRN Background - Structure and Goals

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:41 )