On June 1, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, or CRICH, was renamed the Centre for Urban Health Solutions. The centre remains a world research leader committed to advancing the health of people who are marginalized and disadvantaged.
The change from “inner city health” to “urban health” reflects the fact that poverty increasingly affects people living across our cities, not only those people in the downtown core. Our new name is also in harmony with St. Michael’s Hospital’s vision of “world leadership in urban health.”
Adding “solutions” to our name emphasizes our conviction that we can and must act to address health inequities, and puts a heightened focus on our centre’s work to develop, evaluate, and scale up programs and policies that will improve people’s lives.
Examples of the centre’s new solutions-oriented research projects that are underway include an intervention to provide access to essential prescription medications for patients who cannot afford them, and an interactive training program for health-care providers to reduce bias and improve cultural safety in the care of Indigenous people.
The centre is working closely with the hospital’s clinical programs to enhance connections between research and patient care. In collaboration with our community and other partners, we are increasing our collective impact on the local and national level.
To help reach our goal, the Centre for Urban Health Solutions has grown over the past year to include additional scientists and research staff from St. Michael’s Hospital, providing a wider range of expertise. This growth has deepened the centre’s capacity in areas such as primary care interventions for addressing the social determinants of health, preventing HIV infection and improving care for people living with HIV, and workplace health and precarious work.
This is an exciting time for the Centre for Urban Health Solutions. I’m looking forward to working together with you as we seek and implement creative solutions that will help us foster a fair society where everyone can thrive.