The Population Health Fund (PHF) was created in 1998 to increase community capacity for action on or across the determinants of health.
In order to fill gaps in addressing key public health issues and to strengthen the emphasis on meeting the needs of Canadians, the PHF has been refocused on innovation in population health interventions to reduce inequalities. To highlight this shift in approach, the program has been renamed the Innovation Strategy.
The Innovation Strategy supports the development, adaptation, implementation and rigorous evaluation of promising population health interventions to increase and strengthen population health action in Canada. The Innovation Strategy puts a strong focus on the exchange and use of practical knowledge — based on the results of these interventions — and sharing of best or promising practices across the country to reduce health inequalities and deal with public health issues of a complex nature.
Each Innovation Strategy solicitation addresses a specific priority public health issue.