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Creating healthier people and places

The Propel Centre for Population Health Impact aspires to a Canada that is free from preventable cancers, other chronic diseases and their causes. Our role is to improve the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. 

Interdependent programs  

  1. The Tobacco Control program supports advocacy and policy change, as well as prevention and cessation interventions, with relevant evidence;
  2. The Healthy Living program focuses on environments that shape health behaviours, especially healthy eating and physical activity, and among priority populations, including children and youth; and
  3. The Capacity Development program focuses on scientific innovations, training and learning opportunities for students and health professionals, and sparking and supporting new collaborations within and across policy, practice and research sectors.

Propel priorities

  • Activities that maximize alignment with major stakeholders (e.g., Canadian Cancer Society, University of Waterloo, Public Health Agency of Canada) and seek opportunities for collaboration.
  • Collaborations that emphasize pan-Canadian influence and equity.
  • Research to develop scientific innovations.
  • Events that catalyze collaborations across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors to advance prevention goals.

Propel is founded by the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Waterloo.

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  1. Jan. 3, 2017Ontario high schools still offering unhealthy snacks

    Schools are not following standards set by the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy.

  2. Dec. 8, 2016Study says quit-smoking apps should be tailored for LGBTQ youth

    Research from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Propel) at Waterloo suggests targeted mobile apps designed specifically for this youth demographic could help reduce the high smoking rate.

  3. Nov. 18, 2016New study says mobile app has promise for LGBTQ youth smokers

    Study explored perceptions of LGBTQ youth and young adults about a tailored mobile app to help them quit smoking.

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