YIHR prides itself in developing research that is community-engaged, policy relevant and knowledge mobilizing. Housing local to international projects drives new areas of research and expands our networks. The interdisciplinary environment at YIHR leads to new discussions such as how to bridge sciences and social sciences knowledge.

Research at YIHR incorporates many academic areas, including biology, political science, policy, psychology, women’s studies and law, in an attempt to be inclusive of the broad number of disciplinary perspectives that have an interest in health research. We focus on five thematic areas:

Learning from its extensive experience since 1990, YIHR continues to maximize its capacity to administer a large number of ongoing projects.YIHR currently leads 40 research projects. Our larger initiatives include:

  • Centre for Disease Modelling- CDM works with Canadian institutions and international organizations to build capacity for interdisciplinary research on disease modeling using cutting-edge mathematical and statistical techniques. Building on the depth and breadth of existing expertise, research capacity, and past training achievements, CDM implements innovative training programs in the Mathematics of Infectious Diseases.
  • Disability Rights Promotion International- DRPI is a collaborative project that has been working to establish a global system for monitoring and reporting discrimination and violations of the human rights of persons with disabilities over two decades. DRPI has been successful in developing regional offices in each continent led by persons with disabilities and representatives of their organizations.
  • Grief Reconciliation International- Grief Reconciliation International aims to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between academic disciplines and the community on the topic of grief reconciliation. We have begun a series of global, interdisciplinary, inter-faith projects aimed at exploring and expanding knowledge on the topic of grief reconciliation.
  • The International Consortium on Anti-Virals- ICAV was a not-for-profit’ drug development company founded in 2004 to discover and develop novel anti-viral therapies for neglected and emerging diseases, and to ensure their global accessibility to all those in need. ICAV recognizes the need for the international community to establish a capability to detect, contain and treat diseases and pandemics promptly in both the developed and developing worlds.
  • National Network on Environments of Women's Health-Since 1996, NNEWH’s research has focused on women’s exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace and the federal government’s role in regulating those chemicals. NNEWH's current major initiatives looks at chemical exposures in the nail salon industry, water and women's health, women plastics workers and chemical exposures.
  • Program Evaluation Unit- PrEvU supports evaluation capacity and activities for social inclusion and well-being through workshops and training, consultation, and the support or full implementation of program evaluations.
  • Re-Imagining Long-Term Residential Care- Residential care facilities are the home for some of our most vulnerable citizens and the workplace for many women of diverse backgrounds and skills. Our research is organized around four central themes: Approaches to Care, Work Organization, Accountability, and Financing and Ownership. Our projects are funded by SSHRC and CIHR.
  •  Taking Action- The Taking Action! Project: Art and Aboriginal Youth Leadership for HIV Prevention is a national project working with Aboriginal youth and communities across Canada. Lead by Indigenous youth, we seek to understand HIV in relation to Indigenous communities and cultures and also to see if using art and digital storytelling is an effective tool for working with youth to talk about HIV/AIDS and mobilize action. Our projects are funded by CIHR and OHTN.


DRPI Website link York U Centre for Disease Modelling website link
Re-Imagining Long term Residential Care website link Program Evaluation Unit website link Takin Action 4 Youth website link
National Network on environments and women's health website link The International Consortium on Anti-Virals website link Grief Reconciliation International website link