CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Research Response

The Government of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has awarded $1.38M over one year to Dr. Anne Snowdon to examine Canada’s healthcare supply chain to identify ways to improve the processes critical to managing COVID-19 and planning for future pandemics.

To achieve optimal health outcomes, Canadian healthcare workers and patients require a safe and secure supply chain of trusted products. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted significant supply chain challenges across Canada’s health system including lack of available protective products for health workers, and difficulty meeting the surge in demand for products such as PPE and medications.

Leading a team of 18 researchers from across Canada, the goal of Dr. Snowdon’s  research is to deliver a framework and roadmap that will strengthen supply chain resilience to ensure every health team has the protective products to deliver care safely, and products are available in the right place at the right time when most needed. Research will focus on mapping the supply chain processes and infrastructure in seven Canadian provinces, and examine the procurement and distribution of health products to improve responsiveness and co-ordination across provincial, federal, and global health systems for effective pandemic management.

Knowledge and research outcomes will be disseminated though all available channels in collaboration with strategic partners including: GS1 Canada, the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL), the Canadian Support Workers Association, the Organizations for Health Action (HEAL) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

COVID-19 represents an opportunity for building supply chain resilience for the future by transforming  health system supply chain into a strategic asset for Canadian health systems. A resilient and automated health supply chain has the potential to deliver significant benefits including a safe and secure pipeline of products and greater transparency in health system outcomes that will inform quality and safety strategies, optimized capacity and cost effectiveness for improved pandemic management and outcomes.


About the research project


Thank you to the Government of Canada for providing the funding for this research through CIHR and the International Development Research Centre, in partnership with Alberta Innovates, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Research Manitoba, Research Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.


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