SHRF Focus Areas

Health Research That Matters to Saskatchewan

About Solutions

At the core of all SHRF Programs are four guiding principles that align with our strategic direction. These are: solving Saskatchewan health problems; responding to ecosystem needs; expanding partner dollars; and streamlining administrative duties. 

The Solutions Program aims to mobilize the research ecosystem to focus and coordinate diverse skills and perspectives to address timely Saskatchewan health challenges. This is achieved by providing peer reviewed, competitive funding to support direct research costs for interdisciplinary teams, including knowledge users, conducting projects with measurable impact in focused areas.

Focus Areas

Virtual Care

Access to care is an obstacle Saskatchewan faces, with rural and Northern communities facing long travel distances to larger care centres.  With the additional strain of the pandemic weighing on many aspects of the health system and how people have been able to access care, virtual care approaches can address many of the health challenges our province faces.

Virtual care (i.e. remote medicine, digital care, tele-health) has the potential to connect patients to the care they need, when and where they need it. Virtual care can respond to the needs of urban and rural populations, increase health system capacity, reduce costs, promote collaboration, enhance the patient/provider experience, and improve the health of Saskatchewan citizens. 

The Solutions - Virtual Care focus area supports research into developing, implementing and evaluating virtual care in Saskatchewan.

This focus area offers additional partnership with the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) >


Dr. Ivar Mendez (MD, PhD) examines a virtual patient using Google Glass. (Photo: University of Saskatchewan)


Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos (PhD) with the Online Therapy Unit service.


Addiction is understood as compulsive behavior and/or substance use, despite negative consequences. With continued behavior/use, a dependency may develop. Addiction is a pressing health concern for all of Saskatchewan. 

Working together, including those with lived/living experiences is a way to ensure that resources are accessible to those who need them and that the continuum care is supported within the healthcare system and within other related systems like policing, corrections and social services.


The Solutions-Addictions program supports teams with innovative and impactful approaches to address the entire addictions trajectory – from prevention and screening, to harm reduction, treatment and recovery.

This focus area offers additional partnership with Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research >

Funding Partners

Each year, SHRF collaborates with a number of funding partners, to maximize investment and increase the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan people.

SHRF is proud to partner with the following funders in the SHRF Focus Areas


The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is a partnership of organizations that are dedicated to supporting patient-oriented research (POR) across Saskatchewan. Patient Partners, including patients, their families, informal caregivers and sometimes communities, contribute expertise gained from life experience. SCPOR works with Patient Partners to provide the supports and services needed to advance patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan to achieve enhanced patient outcomes, improved patient and care-provider experiences, increased population health and lower health system costs.


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The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) is a solution accelerator focused on driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector. CABHI is a unique collaboration of health care, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners whose aim is to help improve quality of life for the world’s aging population, allowing older adults of all backgrounds and abilities to age safely in the setting of their choice while maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. CABHI is powered by Baycrest, a global leader in aging and brain health and home to the Rotman Research Institute, one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. 


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Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is a national charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Canadians by advancing mental health knowledge. We pride ourselves on being nimble, collaborative, forward-looking and committed to excellence in all that we do.

We advance new knowledge that is focused on practical outcomes for Canadians. We also share existing knowledge to encourage stakeholders to implement best practices.


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Program Manager

Karen Tilsley