It’s been a decade and a half since the founding of the Providence Health Care Research Institute. Research and innovation are now crucial pillars of growth at Providence Health Care.
We entered 2021 with a unique confluence of new leadership, a significant new infrastructure and building project, and a global pandemic; the latter underscoring more than ever, the need for flexibility and collaboration among researchers. We also recently underwent an external review that recommended we prioritize a new strategic plan to frame our path forward. Additionally, the newly released report “In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care” challenges us to reflect on personal and systemic biases in the research aspects of health care.
In late 2020 and early 2021, we consulted our community, asking for input from a broad range of stakeholders. We analyzed these inputs and identified four common work themes that arose consistently across surveys, consultations, meetings and discussions. These overarching pillars reflect the passions and talents of our research community and acknowledge emerging global trends that are sculpting the health research environment.
In addition to these themes called Strategic Directions, we’ve also pledged ourselves to a series of Foundational Principles – a set of values also expressed by our people.
During our consultations we were mindful of the role research can play to advance Providence Health Care’s Mission: Forward Strategic Plan, particularly its third Strategic Direction – “Discover, Learn and Innovate for Impact.” We will work cooperatively with Providence to ensure that our data strategies, our people strategies, and our commercialization strategies are aligned and integrated.