Priority Health Innovation Challenge

Join the challenge to grow innovations and improve access to care

Are you delivering mental health and addictions services, or home and community care? Are you working on a program that increases access to care? Join the pan-Canadian Priority Health Innovation Challenge!

Many programs and quality improvement initiatives are eligible. We know that small changes can make a big difference in outcomes.

It takes just 30 minutes to register. Choose from one of 12 indicators and share your progress throughout the challenge.

Awards will be given out through the year so get your submission in soon! The final challenge award based on overall outcomes will be in October 2020. Join us in bringing more improvement to more people, that lasts.


How to Register

It’s easy! Log into the challenge portal and create an account. Then complete the registration by providing information on your work. You’ll see what’s needed in terms of team composition, the provision of baseline data and regular reporting.

Please also read the official terms and conditions, available in the portal where you will find information on award opportunities.

Your team can include sites across Canada. Every team must include a patient, family or caregiver representative as well as a regulated healthcare provider.

Challenge Portal


What’s in it for Your Team?

  • Make a difference and join others in addressing the shared health priority of improving access to care.
  • Share your team’s work and raise your organizational profile.
  • Up to $400,000 available. Dollars that you can use as you choose.*
  • Connect with like-minded teams and partners across Canada doing similar work.
  • *See the terms and conditions for more information.


Key Dates

CFHI's Priority Health Key Dates


Access Indicators

Federal, provincial and territorial governments1 have made 12 common indicators their shared priorities with a view to measuring access to mental health and addiction services, and home and community care. Teams track progress on one or more of these indicators as well as how many people they reach:

Mental Health and Addiction Services

  • Wait Times for Community Mental Health Services, Referral/Self-Referral to Services (services provided outside of emergency departments, hospital inpatient programs and psychiatric hospitals)
  • Early Identification for Early Intervention in Youth Age 10 to 25 (to be defined)
  • Awareness and/or Successful Navigation of Mental Health and Addictions Services (self-reported, to be defined)
  • Rates of Repeat Emergency Department and/or Urgent Care Centre Visits for a Mental Health or Addiction Issue
  • Hospitalization Rates for Problematic Substance Use
  • Rates of Self-Injury, Including Suicide

Home and Community Care

  • Wait Times for Home Care Services, Referral to Services
  • Alternate Level of Care Length of Stay for Inpatients Requiring Home Care Services
  • Home Care Services Helped the Recipient Stay at Home (self-reported)
  • Caregiver Distress
  • (In)appropriate Move to Long-Term Care
  • Death at Home/Not in Hospital (to be defined)

Supporting Organizations

The Priority Health Innovation Challenge is supported by a coalition of leading Canadian healthcare organizations.

Supporting Organizations

Last Updated: April 2020

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For more information contact:

info@cfhi-fcass.ca
613-728-2238