History

The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (CEWH, formerly the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health) has its roots in 1995 when a consortium of women’s organizations, universities, and health care providers, led by BC Women’s Hospital, presented a plan for an integrated health and research centre to Health Canada’s Women’s Health Contribution Program. The vision of the CEWH was that of “Closing the Loop” between research, policy, and care.

After receiving funding from Health Canada’s Women’s Health Contribution Program in 1996, the CEWH opened at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, with a second office at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.  The Northern Secretariat focused on remote and rural women’s health. In March 2001, the Northern Secretariat became independent as Northern FIRE: The Centre for Women’s Health Research at UNBC.

Since our inception, we have completed over 400 research and knowledge translation projects with funding from local, national and international research funding agencies, as well as numerous government departments and agencies. We are an independent, non-profit organization Society hosted by BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Our history is covered in detail in 2 reports, prepared at the 5-year and 10-year points:

Today the CEWH is a virtual research and knowledge exchange centre, collaborating with women’s health researchers, service providers, policy makers and community-based advocates across British Columbia, Canada and internationally. The CEWH is known internationally for its sex- and gender-based analyses on a range of health issues, particularly, addiction, trauma, violence, tobacco, opiods, alcohol, cannabis and other substance use, health promotion, integrating sex and gender into research and practice, as well as our dynamic training and knowledge exchange activities.

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