Welcome to Community, Health, Environment, Communications (CHEC) Initiative

CHEC facilitates and supports university-community research projects that benefit communities as well as fields of practice and scholarship.

We work with organizations, faculty, and students to identify gaps in understanding about community issues and assemble collaborative research teams to investigate these research opportunities.

Explore our site to learn more about our Community Connections Program, Projects, and Services. Download our flyer for quick reference.

  1. June 8, 2017Stratford and Perth County Non-Profits Team Up To Gather Data on Who's Donating and How They Like to Give

    Follow this link to a Stratford Beacon Herald story about CHEC's Donor Demographic Survey project in collaboration with the Stratford Perth Community Foundation and other local charities. 

  2. Apr. 4, 2017CHEC Holds 'Building Bridges' Workshop in Stratford

    On Tuesday, April 4, CHEC Initiative held its Building Bridges Workshop in Stratford. In attendance were representatives of many community organizations as well as City of Stratford Staff and members of Council. The workshop explored the theme of collaborative problem solving for community wellbeing, with a specific focus on Situation Tables, which represent a roundtable form of mobilizing health and social services for at-risk individuals and families.

  3. Jan. 12, 2017CHEC-Supported Project Emerges as Leading Innovator in Global Water Tech Sector

    Great news! EMAGIN Clean Technologies Inc., a CHEC-supported endeavour, was identified by Imagine H2O’s Accelerator program as one of the top-10 promising data-driven water businesses worldwide! EMAGIN, the brainchild of UW Engineering and Economics students, was selected from a global competitive field of over 180 companies across 18 countries to participate in Imagine H2O’s Accelerator.

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Dr. Clarence Woudsma
CHEC Director, Associate Professor and Director, UWaterloo School of Planning cwoudsma@uwaterloo.ca