Other : National Women’s Health Research Initiative: Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition - Hubs
The Pan-Canadian Women's Health Coalition will be composed of virtual hubs across Canada linked through an overarching coordinating centre. Applications for the hubs and the coordinating centre will occur over two separate funding opportunities. The current funding opportunity is accepting applications for the hubs. A future funding opportunity, which is anticipated to be launched in Fall 2023, will be accepting applications for the coordinating centre. Applying for hubs funding does not preclude applying for the coordinating centre funding.
Hubs (current funding opportunity)
Each hub must identify one or more areas of women's health to address, within the scope of this funding opportunity, based on community, regional and/or national needs, ensuring that women's and gender-diverse people's voices are at the heart of the hub's activities. It is important to acknowledge that traditional knowledge, such as those of Indigenous and African diasporic communities, has been undervalued and underutilized in Western medicine. Therefore, the hubs are expected to amplify traditional ways of knowing to provide insights on how to improve women's health and wellness through an intersectional lens.
The roles and responsibilities of each hub are to maximize the impact and visibility of women's health research and practice through the following activities:
- Mobilize and scale-up newly generated and existing knowledge and models of practice to advance more equitable, evidence-based, gender-sensitive, culturally safe, holistic healthcare and access to care for diverse groups of women.
- Convene regional knowledge mobilization activities, including engaging the public and knowledge users, and policymakers through culturally appropriate methods, to maximize research impact and help create system-level change.
- Create and share inventories of existing evidence-based services for diverse groups of women, girls and gender-diverse people, including those who live in remote, rural or difficult to access areas.
- Enhance opportunities for trainees in women's health research through the creation and delivery of training and mentorship activities and resources.
- Engage in community-based priority-setting activities for future research in women's health through early, extensive and ongoing engagement efforts with relevant stakeholders and rights holders, including community organizations, diverse groups of women and researchers.
- Plan for the sustainability of the proposed hub's activities beyond the granting period of the current funding opportunity.
Each hub requires tripartite leadership, including a non-governmental community organization, an independent researcher, and a healthcare provider, all in the area of women's health. Additionally, the leadership team of each hub is required to build a diverse community, regional or national team that brings together the expertise and experiences of other non-governmental community organizations, healthcare providers, researchers, and trainees as well as Indigenous People, and patients and people with lived experience in women's health. Given the importance of ensuring women drive and inform the research supported through the NWHRI, it is encouraged that women and gender-diverse people will be leading and/or meaningfully engaged in both project leadership and the research itself.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:
- Mobilize and scale-up newly generated and existing knowledge and models of care into effective, gender-sensitive and culturally appropriate women's health and wellness services across Canada.
- Maximize research impact within and beyond the Coalition (hubs and the coordinating centre) to help ensure evidence is integrated into health policies, decision making, and planning to support community, regional, provincial, territorial, and/or federal efforts regarding women's health.
- Build capacity for the next generation of health researchers through training and mentorship opportunities embedded within the hub to support the development of a sustainable women's health research ecosystem.
- Engage in community-based priority-setting activities that include diverse voices to identify future critical areas of women's health research based on community, regional and/or national needs.