An exciting new era for women in Canada began in 1995, when the federal
government announced Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence and
other Centres of Excellence for Women's Health, now collectively called
the Women's Health Contribution Program, as part of a national strategy
to address women's health.
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence came together over the next
two years, after a consortium of women's health advocacy groups in Manitoba
and Saskatchewan coordinated the planning and vision that shaped the
prairie submission. The proposal for PWHCE received approval in 1996,
and operations began in the spring of 1997.
From the beginning, PWHCE has emphasized innovative approaches to research,
During our first nine years, PWHCE had three program offices, hosted by
and housed at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the University
of Regina, and the University of Winnipeg, our administrative centre.
In 2006, we expanded by opening a fourth site at the University of Regina
campus in Prince Albert.
- promoting partnerships between representatives and researchers
in the community and in universities and other institutions,
- developing close links to policymakers, and
- promoting community-based research methods.
The mission of the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence is to improve
women's and girls' health through high quality women-centred, action-oriented
research and policy analysis. The Centre supports and fosters research
designed to increase knowledge of the factors that influence women's and
girls' health and well-being. Building on this research and analysis,
the Centre develops gender-sensitive policy and program recommendations
that promote women's and girls' health.
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