Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on newcomers to BC, urban Indigenous people, frontline health-care workers, and those in prisons or precarious housing is the focus of many of the funded researchers from the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund, announced today. Other research teams will investigate testing the body’s response to COVID-19, detecting future waves of COVID-19 in BC, and understanding the virus’s transmission.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced today the successful projects from the Rapid Research Funding Opportunity launched in May. MSFHR joined research funders from across Canada to partner on this opportunity that focuses on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on people, communities, and health systems.

How has COVID-19 affected long-term care delivery in BC? What do COVID-19 mutations mean in a pandemic response? Are physical distancing measures effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? These are some of the questions the first 10 MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund teams are tackling to further BC’s understanding and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects will have results available in time to inform public health responses by the fall and winter of 2020/21.

Stress levels, youth mental health and stigma toward non-white British Columbians are just some of the topics covered by a COVID-19 rapid response research project funded by MSFHR.

The BC COVID-19 Strategic Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) has just published the first iteration of the BC COVID-19 Strategic Research Framework to support a coordinated BC health research approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the beginning of March, MSFHR helped facilitate several meetings between the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and the BC research community to help build connections, facilitate knowledge translation and to inform CIHR-IHSPR’s strategic planning process.