Our Partners in Women’s Health

Women’s Xchange is funded by the Health System Research Fund from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and based at Women’s College Hospital.


Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (www.health.gov.on.ca/en/) is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations.

The ministry has changed its focus and has embraced a new direction. As staff continue to work towards better health care for Ontarians, stewardship has become the ministry’s mission and mandate. This new stewardship role will mean that the ministry will provide overall direction and leadership for the system, focusing on planning, and on guiding resources to bring value to the health system.

Women’s College Research Institute

Women’s College Research Institute

Women’s College Research Institute (www.womensresearch.ca) is a multidisciplinary research institute based at the historic Women’s College Hospital. It is one of only a few hospital-based institutes world-wide to focus on women’s health and the only Canadian hospital to have created such a resource. It is home to international leaders studying many aspects of women’s health including breast cancer, musculoskeletal health, and the impact of violence and trauma.

WCRI scientists are expanding and exporting knowledge about health conditions that have unique implications for women throughout their lives – like arthritis, depression, diabetes and heart disease. They are investigating the complexities of these conditions – because rarely does one woman experience only one disease or take only one medication. They are exploring the social, political and economic forces that influence women’s health and their access to health care. And they are looking to reinvent health care for women and their families.

Strategy for Patient Oriented ResearchStrategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR)

Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.

The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.

SPOR is a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners – all dedicated to the integration of research into care:

  • patients and caregivers
  • researchers
  • health practitioners
  • policy makers
  • provincial/territorial health authorities
  • academic institutions
  • charities
  • pharmaceutical sector

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