CIHR Strategic Plan 2021–2031: A Vision for a Healthier Future
A message from Dr. Michael Strong, President, CIHR
I am pleased to present the new CIHR Strategic Plan 2021–2031: A Vision for a Healthier Future. This plan reflects the vision and strategic direction of our Governing Council, and builds on CIHR’s successes over the past 20 years in supporting a community of health researchers that is stronger and more diverse than ever before. Canada’s health researchers are a source of enormous pride, and as the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, they play a crucial role in improving the health of Canadians and strengthening our health care and public health systems.
At the same time, we recognize that there is still much work to be done. The burden of disease continues to drive unsustainable health care costs, and inequitable health outcomes are still readily evident across our country, particularly among racialized groups and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
With CIHR’s new Strategic Plan, we are establishing the roots from which our bold vision to demonstrably improve the health of future generations of Canadians will develop. We recognize that this vision will require us to be daring with our ideas and decision-making, while also planning and executing our changes in a thoughtful, engaged, and timely manner. Of course, these bold objectives cannot be achieved by CIHR alone; the activities described in this Strategic Plan will require coordination and collaboration across the health research landscape.
During our consultations, the community was emphatic that the Strategic Plan should be accompanied by a clearly articulated action plan that speaks to the delivery of key aspects of the Strategic Plan. To that end, I am also pleased to present the Action Plan for Year 1 (2021–22), the first installment of a series of annual action plans that will assist CIHR as we implement the Strategic Plan.
This new Strategic Plan is the product of a comprehensive engagement exercise with the health research community, and I want to sincerely thank all those who generously volunteered their time to provide advice, direction, and support.
I invite you to read the Strategic Plan and 2021-2022 Action Plan and hope you will join us on our journey to achieve the best health for all, powered by outstanding research.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is CIHR publishing a new Strategic Plan?
2. Why did you choose a 10-year timeline?
3. Why are you releasing an Action Plan in addition to the Strategic Plan?
4. What input did you consider when developing the Strategic Plan?
5. How has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the development of the Strategic Plan?