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What We Do

Through big-picture research and street-level solutions, MAP scientists tackle complex community health issues — many at the intersection of health and inequity. MAP research is defined by scientific excellence, a focus on rapid scale-up, and long-term community and policy partnerships.

Through big-picture research and street-level solutions, MAP scientists tackle complex urban-health issues — many at the intersection of health and inequity. MAP research is defined by scientific excellence, a focus on rapid scale-up, and long-term community and policy partnerships.

World-leading Science and Innovation

Internationally recognized for groundbreaking science and innovation, MAP scientists have changed the way the world understands the health consequences of social inequality in Canada.

In the COVID-19 era, our mission – creating a healthier future for all – has never been more important, or more urgent.

MAP scientists are moving quickly to direct our expertise where it’s most needed.

We created COVID-19 data models to support the federal government’s responses in Indigenous communities, and to help front-line organizations predict spread in their local, client populations. We are developing innovative solutions to help hundreds of families meet their basic needs, and working to build a better health and social system in a post-COVID world. We are leading COVID-19 clinical trials, providing expert opinion, and informing public health responses in real time.

Street-level, Scalable Solutions

We design and test real-world solutions to complex, community health problems — many at the intersection of health and inequity. MAP scientists work quickly to meet urgent needs in real time, focused on concrete results and long-term sustainability.

What if everyone could afford the medication they need?

2.4 million people in Canada don’t take medication they’ve been prescribed – because they can’t afford it.

This large study is the first in Canada to investigate the value of giving people access to essential medicines for free. Two years into the study, we’ve found that covering essential prescriptions actually reduces patients’ overall health-care costs – including hospitalization – by more than $1,200 a year.

Partnerships First

Authentic, long-term community and policy partnerships are at the heart of what we do. Together, we are charting the way to the world’s healthiest cities: places where everyone can thrive.

MAP launches 10 national solutions networks

Made up of more than 170 scientists, community partners, policy makers, and people with lived expertise from across the country, these collaborative networks share 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.

MAP hosted a national symposium in 2020 to bring the members together as they chart their paths forward. The result will be 10 evidence-based solutions that are tested and ready for scale-up in cities across Canada.