CCYHC Members

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC)

Established in 2001 through a transformative process of organizational renewal of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Hospitals, CAPHC is a 42 member organization representing multidisciplinary health professionals providing health services for children, youth and their families within quaternary and tertiary health centres, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, and home care provider agencies nationwide. CAPHC is committed to promoting, facilitating, and advocating for national health delivery guidelines supported by evidence. All Canadian children’s hospitals and their respective Foundations are members of CAPHC, thereby providing linkages to clinical care, education and research. CAPHC's mandate is to effect system-wide change in the delivery of health services to children and youth across Canada. CAPHC focuses on initiatives that have national and broad relevance and which are practical and actionable at the point of service delivery. 

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Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)

A program providing support for highly qualified child health clinician candidates to develop the requisite knowledge and skills for a career as an independent scientist in child health research. The CCHCSP is the first national network of 17 Canadian Child and Youth Health Research Centres dedicated to training the next generation of clinician-scientists. Research training is supervised by a research mentor and advisory committee and structured to facilitate excellence in research with an interdisciplinary focus. CCHCSP provides the opportunity for education and collaborative experiences with institutions and researchers across Canada.

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Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN)

The Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN) was formed in 2002 to link the various volunteer family advisory bodies—now 11—that are attached to paediatric health centres, both hospitals and rehabilitation centres, across Canada. Since then, a handful of groups that advise paediatric programs at general and regional hospitals, at two hospices, and within a regional health authority have joined the Network. CFAN encourages and facilitates the participation of families in making excellent, family-centred healthcare for children and youth a reality throughout Canada by: 1) providing a means for the otherwise quite isolated groups to share information and advice about recruitment, retention, reporting relationships, family participation in patient safety initiatives and the education of professionals and trainees, etc.; 2) ensuring that the voices of families are heard in discussions and debates in national, provincial, and regional fora about the health of children and youth and about the healthcare services that are, or should be, available to them and their families, and; 3) serving as a resource to any organization that wishes to collaborate with families in projects aimed at improving the health of children and youth.

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Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)

The Canadian Paediatric Society is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership. As a voluntary professional association, the CPS represents more than 2,500 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, paediatric residents, and other people who work with and care for children.

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada represents more than 35,000 members across the country, and is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients.  The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada's 17 medical schools.

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Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN)

The Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network is a federal not-for-profit, charitable organization founded in 2006 to build capacity for high-quality applied health research. It now links 20 maternal and child health research organizations based at academic health centres in Canada; is affiliated with more than 20 practice-based research networks; provides support to new and emerging teams; and has established strong national and international partnerships.

A large amount of research is conducted by teams with investigators based at multiple sites across Canada. Often these groups work independently, in silos, but deal with similar issues and face barriers to conducting multijurisdictional research. MICYRN is working to address these challenges.

MICYRN is unique in the world for this type of collaborative engagement. Working together in a coordinated fashion enables the sharing of innovations and reduces duplication of effort and resource use, which means more funds can be spent on doing research.

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Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC)

The mission of the Paediatric Chairs of Canada is to provide national leadership in paediatric research and education to promote the health and health care of children and youth. The goals and objectives of this national organization include:

  • Enhance our national and international advocacy for pediatric education and research to improve the health of infants, children and youth.
  • Enhance our role in the development of high quality, high impact paediatric oriented research that spans the continuum from prevention to promotion of paediatric health.
  • To promote and enhance our role as leaders in paediatric education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education levels.
  • To promote and assist in the development of effective human resource planning for academic pediatrics and child and youth health care delivery.
  • To work together to promote child and youth access to coordinated health services in the best possible environment within academic health science centres and the communities they serve.
  • To develop collaborative relationships with other national and international organizations that will assist our Assembly in fulfilling its mission.

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Paediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada (PSCC)

The Pediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada represent 16 Canadian academic health institutions where pediatric surgical services are offered to children and their families. The PSCC’s goal is to provide policy makers, hospital administrators, regional health authorities, universities, government and the public with the most accurate information about the state of pediatric surgical care and access to services in Canada. In this way, informed and responsible decisions can be made regarding the provision, allocation, and distribution of precious health care resources.

The goals of the PSCC are to:

  • Advocate for improving the health of children and youth who are in need of surgical care.
  • Facilitate dialogue, promote synergies, and offer guidance on common issues affecting the practice of Pediatric Surgery in Canada.
  • Establish national benchmarks for Pediatric Surgical procedures.
  • Foster and promote scholarly partnerships across Canadian pediatric academic health centers.
  • Strengthen and expand high quality clinical outcomes evaluation and research.
  • Cultivate a forum in which clinicians and researchers can network regarding the advancement of the field of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Establish a common voice when communicating with the public and media on matters relating to access and delivery of Pediatric Surgical services in Canada
  • Take a leadership role in human resources studies and planning relating to the recruitment, retention, and compensation in all disciplines of Pediatric Surgery.

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The Sandbox Project

The Sandbox Project is a national charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadian children and youth through collaboration, public education and evidenced-based policy development.  The Sandbox Project is an umbrella organization working to unite and guide the many groups and individuals operating within Canada’s child and youth health sector; by providing a forum in which diverse stakeholders can work together, The Sandbox Project fosters cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of best practices – helping the entire sector make real, tangible progress towards delivering on the promise of healthier children. 

The Sandbox Project’s unique perspective as a national hub within the sector allows it to provide strategic leadership to other groups; identifying areas where action is most needed and advising on how resources can be most efficiently used. In this way, The Sandbox Project is finding new ways for the sector to innovate, collaborate and drive real progress.

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UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF's 36 National Committees.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advance the human rights of children as enduring ethical principles and standards, and ensure a “first call for children” in their societies. UNICEF Canada delivers UNICEF’s mission for children in Canada and worldwide through policy dialogue and advocacy. The global scale of UNICEF’s work provides a unique context for learning from experience; producing evidence and data as a public good; shifting public attitudes about children; and increasing the priority afforded children in policy, resource allocation and other actions that influence child well-being

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