Centre Initiatives

The Centre for Healthy Communities leads many innovative projects under the broad umbrella of healthy communities. Find out more about how we work. All Centre projects are developed by CHC Scientists with input from community partners.

Below is an overview of our Centre-initiated projects.

Action-Oriented Public Health Resources on Financial Wellbeing and Financial Strain

Project Timeline: 2020-2022

Funder: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Improving people’s financial circumstances has never been more critical. Disadvantaged population groups have experienced even higher levels of financial strain and poor financial wellbeing during the pandemic, which have negatively impacted their physical and mental health. To support efforts to build back better and fairer communities in the wake of COVID-19, the Centre for Healthy Communities led an international collaborative, participatory, multi-method project to develop resources to support action on financial strain and financial wellbeing. These resources were designed for practitioners and decision-makers working in organizations and governments in a wide variety of sectors and jurisdictions.

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Measuring Universal Accessibility in Urban Environments Project

Project Timeline: 2017-2021

Funders: Centre for Healthy Communities and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Centre for Healthy Communities conducted a community-based participatory research project on measuring accessibility in urban environments. In collaboration with our partners, the City of Edmonton and the City of Edmonton Accessibility Advisory Committee, our aim was to better understand how accessibility can impact the health and well-being of residents living within an urban context.

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Building on the above work, a subsequent planning grant from CIHR supported the completion of a policy scan to identify what other municipalities throughout Canada were doing to support universal accessibility through formal policies. A summary of this work is presented in a report and infographic.

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Research Team:
Candace Nykiforuk (Nominated Principal Investigator)
Nicole Glenn (Co-Principal Investigator)
Danielle Peers (Co-Investigator)
Sammy Lowe (Graduate Research Assistant)
Darcy Reynard (Graduate Research Assistant)
Brittany Molner (Graduate Research Assistant)
Jared Candlish (Graduate Research Assistant)

Heather Crowe, City of Edmonton
Ian Hosler, City of Edmonton
Robert Lipka, City of Edmonton

Healthy Edmonton Metropolitan Region 'Living Lab' Dragon’s Den Event (CIHR) Pitch

Project Timeline: 2018

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Centre for Healthy Communities hosted a collaborators forum to ideate the Healthy Edmonton Metropolitan Region Living Lab, a collaboration of researchers, municipalities and other regional and provincial partners. The collaboration proposed to systematically study how municipal initiatives impact health and health equity. The idea was among 15 selected nationally to be pitched to the CIHR Dragon’s Den Event competition in December 2018.

For more information about our Centre-initiated projects, please contact us at healthy.communities@ualberta.ca