The Manulife Centre for Community Health Research (MCCHR) is an interdisciplinary research centre 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.
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 value mutuality in working partnerships and social innovation. Finally, the scholarship with which MCCHR produces should be meaningful to both academic audiences and the community itself.
Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Dr. Lafrenière teaches both at the Master's and Ph.D. levels courses in research methods, diversity, community development and social change. She is the founding Director of the Social Innovation Research Group (S.I.R.G) which is a research and training incubator comprised of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and community practitioners dedicated to university/community collaboration. She has recently been appointed as the Director of the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research. Dr. Lafrenière's work is centered within three main areas of research and practice: university-community collaboration, violence against women, and poverty and social justice.