1. Why did you change your name to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)?

Our new name, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (formerly the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation), more accurately reflects our mission and mandate. When the organization was established in 1996, our priorities were to bring researchers and decision-makers together to identify gaps in applied health services research, fund the researchers who could investigate those gaps, and promote best practices of health services delivery and their outcomes. We’ve expanded our efforts, and our priorities now include finding the best approaches for maximizing value for money in healthcare spending, providing a more coordinated approach to complex healthcare needs and improving patient- and family-centred experience and outcomes.

2. How does CFHI work benefit the health of Canadians?

The result of our ongoing collaborations with health system leaders, managers, front-line providers, patients and families translates into more effective and efficient healthcare delivery. CFHI’s evidence-based approach to assessment, design, implementation and evaluation has facilitated the spread of the best possible healthcare solutions in most regions of the country.

3. Which healthcare partners are involved with CFHI?

CFHI works with healthcare partners across Canada. Currently we are involved with close to 50 partnerships aimed at improving healthcare for Canadians. Our partners include federal, provincial and territorial ministries of health and finance from coast to coast to coast including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Information, the Canadian Mental Health Commission, Alberta Health Services, Health Association Nova Scotia, Northern Health in British Columbia and the Quebec Consortium and to name just a few. A complete list of all CFHI’s regional and national partnerships is coming soon.

4. What is the mission of CFHI?

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is dedicated to accelerating healthcare improvement and transformation for Canadians. We collaborate with governments, policy-makers, and health system leaders to convert evidence and innovative practices into actionable policies, programs, tools and leadership development.

5. Does CFHI provide research funding?

CFHI no longer provides grant funding for health policy. We do undertake research and evaluation related to key healthcare policy issues usually by commissioning research and analyses. These policy analyses are increasingly tied to our collaborations with health regions, provinces and territories to provide them with the analysis they need to help them to accelerate, advance and implement their healthcare improvements.

6. How is CFHI different from other healthcare improvement organizations in Canada?

CFHI works shoulder to shoulder with healthcare leaders to support collaborations as the best way for implementing and enhancing healthcare improvements across provinces, territories and regions. CFHI is nimble in its ability to adapt its unique evidence-based approach to fit the needs of the healthcare leaders and managers. We work with them to identify how best to achieve the outcomes they identify. Over the course of many years we have built a strong network of experts including faculty, coaches and mentors who are Canadian and international leaders.

7. Has CFHI’s focus shifted to supporting the better management of chronic disease?

CHFI continues to support health management and health improvement through innovation – including chronic disease. Among the key issues affecting healthcare management in the 21st century are the high rates of chronic disease and the costs that are rising faster than the rate of inflation. CFHI has adopted three key goals by which we measure our impact:

  • Healthcare efficiency: Maximizing value for money in healthcare spending
  • Patient- and family-centred care: Improving patient- and family-centred experience and outcomes
  • Coordinated healthcare: Providing a more coordinated approach to complex health needs

8. Where can I learn more about the kind of work CFHI is doing?

Our website itemizes close to two dozen impact stories; examples of work we have funded and enabled in different ways across the country to make a difference in how healthcare is delivered everyday to Canadians. We are adding to this library regularly. Our collaborations are the focus of our programming. They build on our unique adaptable approach based on evidence and experience. We also offer education and training, publications and research and share a vision for timely, appropriate and high-quality services that improve the health of Canadians.