In the 2008 Provincial Budget, the Government of British Columbia awarded $10 million to CHHM. CHHM has an established relationship with the B.C. Ministry of Health Services, the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport (MHLS) and to a lesser extent, the Ministry of Education.
CHHM is a UBC Senate-approved centre and is strongly aligned with UBC’s vision, values and goals. The practical integration of CHHM with the priorities of the Faculty of Medicine is particularly key to the operation of CHHM. CHHM investigators span 10 departments within the Faculty of Medicine; including a central relationship with the Department of Orthopaedics. CHHM priorities also align with those of the Faculty of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Bioengineering). CHHM Membership also extends to the Faculty of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
VCHA is committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with our partners through care, education and research. The CHHM evolved from a research unit that was developed within the research body of VCHA, known as the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. One practical and strategic expression of this key partnership is represented by the location of the CHHM on the campus of Vancouver General Hospital, the cornerstone research hospital in the province.
VCHRI is one of Canada's largest teaching and research hospitals, with a mandate to foster and promote research and innovation across the entire Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: Healthier lives through discovery.
As per VCHA, there is an active partnership between the CHHM and the Fraser Health Authority which is focused upon FHA’s falls and fracture prevention mandate.
In partnership with the MHLS and PHAC the Centre of Excellence on Mobility, Fall Prevention and Injury in Aging (CEMFIA) was formed under the auspices of the CHHM. CEMFIA represents one knowledge translation arm of CHHM and is comprised of a partnership between researchers, healthcare providers and policy makers. CEMFIA is unique worldwide as it represents a continuum whereby relevant problems are identified by end-users, addressed by researchers in partnership with end-users and translated back into the community so that mobility and the quality of life of seniors is improved.
CHHM is committed to strong partnerships with caregivers in clinical and community-based practices. The Centre’s focus on knowledge translation links state-of-the-art bone and joint health research to guide prevention and health care practice in the most effective and timely manner. CHHM also aims to work closely with advocacy and patient support organizations such as The Arthritis Society of Canada and the Osteoporosis Society of Canada.
Researchers at CHHM have a continued commitment to collaboration that extends far beyond the local community. CHHM investigators already have a broad spectrum of partnerships with academic, government and industry collaborators around the world. CHHM is part of a growing network of international centres for mobility; its unique focus on multidisciplinary bone and joint research promises to provide leadership in an area that is of growing global concern. See section 3.3.4 for examples of CHHM’s academic affiliations and partners.
CHHM investigators use integrative, comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to investigate bone and joint health. Ongoing research initiatives are currently or have previously been funded through all of the agencies listed above.