The Manulife Centre for Community Health Research (MCCHR) is an interdisciplinary research centre and student incubator committed to community-based scholarship and education in the field of health and well-being. The interplay of multiple social determinants of health provide a broad framework for the Centre, as they represent the key factors that shape the overall health and wellbeing of Canadians. The Centre welcomes Master’s, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral Fellows interested in community based research and working within any of our communities of practice and research including but limited to: women’s health, global health and development, Francophone issues, Aboriginal First Peoples Health and Wellness, community economic development and social innovation.
Working with marginalized individuals and communities, the MCCHR aims to explore the health concerns that result from their unique social locations. The Centre explores the specificity of these concerns, in order to evaluate and provide recommendations for service needs and provision and direction for evidence-based promising practices in the broad area of health & well-being.
MCCHR acts as a bridge between the university and the larger community in order to enhance innovation and creative working partnerships. While housed at the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, much of our research conducted is facilitated through community partnerships with local non-profit organizations, health providers, individual community stakeholders as well as other faculties and disciplines. MCCHR believes and honours the idea that universities should be of service to the communities in which they operate and values mutuality in working partnerships.