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The Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) is proud to announce that it is one of nine centres across Canada awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHRs) worth $9,280,961 over two years to be shared amongst the nine NEAHRs.
"This funding will allow us to continue to build Indigenous health research capacity in Saskatchewan and to create Indigenous health research networks at the provincial, national and international levels," said Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, Director of IPHRC. "We look forward to building on the work we, our students and our researchers have already done to improve the health of Indigenous people."
Research shows that Indigenous people in Canada still continue to suffer from health issues such as shorter life expectancies, higher rates of suicide, diabetes and injury compared to the rest of the population. These health issues combined with a gap in post-secondary education attainment rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians and a growing Indigenous population create a critical need for increased Indigenous health research and capacity building.
"This is a key time for Indigenous health research, especially in Saskatchewan with the booming Indigenous population," said Episkenew."The demand for this type of research will only continue to grow in the coming years."
Since its creation in 2002, IPHRC has lead the way in Indigenous health research in Saskatchewan. To date, IPHRC and has contributed over $3 million to Indigenous health research across the province through funding and grant opportunities for students, communities and researchers pursuing Indigenous health research.
"Our success is the direct result of our talented and innovative researchers and students who continue to break new ground in the area of Indigenous health," said Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Nominated Principal Investigator for the grant.
As one of its first initiatives, the CIHR - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH) established Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments (ACADRE) centres to develop a network of supportive research environments across Canada that facilitates the development of Aboriginal capacity in health research. Although there are demonstrated pockets of excellence in aboriginal health research in Canada, the field requires the systemic development of both human resources and supportive research environments in order to ensure continued growth and broad regional development. Designed to sustain and evolve the momentum of the ACADRE centres, CIHR - IAPH launched a new initiative in 2007 titled Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHRs). The launch has resulted in the formation of 9 centres including the successful transition of former ACADRE centres such as IPHRC.
To find out more about the NEAHRs, please visit the Aboriginal Health Research Sectretariat (AHRNets) website.
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