Healthy children and families are the foundation of a healthy society. The goal of the Healthy Children, Families & Communities Program is to bring together and support scientists and community partners engaged in research to improve the health and well-being of Canadian children, youth and families. Canada currently ranks 25th out of 41 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries for children’s well-being. Major threats to Canada’s children include: intentional (eg. child abuse, suicide) and unintentional injuries, mental health, poverty, infant mortality, obesity, inactivity, food insecurity, vaccine preventable illnesses, discrimination and bullying. Policies to address these threats, and prevention strategies focused on the social determinants of health will drive program research activities. This work holds the greatest promise to improve child and family health and well-being in Canada and beyond.
Program Director: Dr. Brent Hagel, PhD