The Public Health Agency of Canada invites eligible organizations to submit letters of intent (LOI) for the Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease Program (ESCDP).
The ESCDP provides grants and contributions funding to organizations to enhance their capacity for public health chronic disease and injury surveillance activities in order to:
address persistent public health surveillance evidence gaps
support the development of a robust evidence base on chronic diseases and conditions, injury, problematic substance use, and their risk factors in Canada
For this funding program, surveillance means the tracking of health events and determinants through the:
ongoing collection of data
integration, analysis and interpretation of data
dissemination of information to those who can benefit by using the data
Surveillance should provide relevant information for public health action.
This solicitation is seeking projects that will experiment and test innovative tools and technologies, or to pilot new approaches to conduct health surveillance for chronic diseases and conditions, injury, problematic substance use, and/or their risk factors (e.g., physical inactivity, sedentary behaviour, inadequate sleep, unhealthy diet, poor mental health, etc.) in Canada.
This focus is particularly important given the constantly evolving public health context and the accelerating pace of technological change, which present both new opportunities and new risks to how we collect, analyze, use and share public health data and how Canadians consume their information.