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
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.