MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions has launched 10 collaborative solutions networks with a common goal: to effect real-world social change by co-designing and demonstrating what works to address critical urban health challenges in our communities.

The networks came together for a symposium in March 2020. Learn more about the event

We can create a healthier future for all.

Cities promise enormous opportunities to reduce social and economic inequalities that impact our health.

Yet in Canada, many urban dwellers are excluded from these opportunities. Only select groups benefit from the current hierarchies of power, and from the systems that determine access to health-supporting resources in cities.
In a country that values ‘universal’ health care as core to its identity, health outcomes among residents are sharply — and unconscionably — divided based on socioeconomic factors.

Although deeply entrenched in the status quo, these unfair health outcomes are not inevitable. They are the results of the human-designed programs, policies, and perspectives that shape our behaviours and opportunities for better health.

A growing body of evidence clearly shows that change is possible.

Through innovative urban policies and programs that address the social determinants of health, we can create a healthier future for all.

Co-designing for Real-world Impact: The National Solutions Networks

MAP has launched 10 collaborative solutions networks with a common goal: to effect real-world social change by co-designing and demonstrating what works to address critical urban health challenges in our communities.

The networks are made up of more than 170 scientists, community partners, policy makers, and people with lived expertise from across the country. Together, network members are working to ensure that solutions are feasible, appropriate, and effective — and that they reflect the goals, priorities, and contexts of the communities they aim to serve.

The result will be 10 evidence-based solutions that are tested and ready for scale-up in cities across Canada.

  • Beyond Housing
    Improving outcomes for people experiencing chronic homelessness
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Stephen Hwang
  • Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
    A mobile application to achieve equity and community inclusion for people living with traumatic brain injury
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Flora Matheson
  • Building Roads Together
    A community-based, peer-support walking/rolling program to promote inclusion and reduce health inequities
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Farah Mawani
  • Early Interventions Through Integrated Care
    A best start to address childhood socioeconomic adversity and promote a lifetime of health and well-being
    Scientific Leads: Drs. Andrew Pinto and Justine Cohen-Silver
  • Food Prescription
    Providing people at risk of diabetes complications with healthy food
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Nav Persaud
  • Nibi Network
    Decolonizing Indigenous population health assessment and response in urban and related areas
    (“Nibi” is an Anishinabek word referring to all waters, including lakes, rivers, and rain)
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Janet Smylie
  • Our Space
    An integrative harm reduction model to support people who use drugs
    Scientific Leads: Drs. Michelle Firestone, Ahmed Bayoumi, and Dan Werb
  • REACHing the Undiagnosed
    Testing for linkages to care for HIV and Hepatitis C
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Sean B. Rourke
  • Safe at Home
    Housing solutions for women experiencing intimate partner violence
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Pat O’Campo
  • Urban Design for Better Health
    Preventing chronic disease through smart, built-environment policy solutions
    Scientific Lead: Dr. Gillian Booth


This symposium was made possible in partnership with the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and thanks to the generous contributions of its visionary donors. We also wish to thank Jackman Reinvents for their incredible work bringing our message and work to life, and Spark Inc. for their superb event management.