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Invest in the O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Public Health doesn’t affect one population, or one part of the body – it affects everyone. 

Our health care system is in trouble:  

  • Canadians are aging and more than 60 per cent of us have a chronic disease needing care. 
  • Our health care spending is not sustainable - more than 50 cents of every tax dollar goes to health care.  

We need to find new ways to prevent disease:

  • Canadians are not as healthy as they should be, and we are missing the greatest opportunity to reduce stress on our health system. 
  • Canada is in the midst of an obesity epidemic.
  • We have failing vaccination programs and too many preventable diseases.
  • Chronic diseases are being treated but their root causes aren’t being addressed.

At the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health, our members work together to produce new knowledge to enhance health prevention programs, guide public policy for health, and drive improvements in our health systems. 

 We are working toward a common goal: Better Health and Health Care.   

 An Investment in Health 

 Long-time supporters of health researchers, David and Gail O’Brien have made a generous donation to name the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Through this gift the O’Brien Institute is well positioned to bridge government and research like never before, enabling us to impact health and health care in an immediate and relevant way.

We invite you to join us in creating better health and better health care. Your investment will enable recruitment of leading researchers and promising trainees, grants for important pilot work and collaborative initiatives, and the creation of specialized data infrastructure critical to understanding our population’s health.

With your support, the O’Brien Institute aims to be, and is fast becoming, one of the country’s pre-eminent centres of excellences for public health research.

What is the Impact of Your Gift? 

You, as a donor to the O’Brien Institute, are able to direct your donation to a specific project, program, or area that has meaning to you or your family. More information on our programs and centres can be found on our Research page.

The O’Brien Institute will work with you to ensure that your gift supports the area of public health research or education that is meaningful to you.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions, need help with your donation, or wish to make a donation in memory or in honour of someone, please contact Janelle Wakaruk, Director of Development, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, for assistance: 403.220.6161, or

Where do I send my gift?

Your tax-deductible donation can be made using our secure online form.

Alternatively, your gift to the O’Brien Institute (must be made payable to the "University of Calgary") can be mailed to: 

O’Brien Institute for Public Health
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
3rd Floor TRW Building
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 4Z6

All receipts are issued from the University of Calgary. All gifts are tax deductible. Donors are encouraged to specify "O’Brien Institute for Public Health" in the memo line of the cheque. If you would like your donation to go to a specific area of research, please include a note indicating which of the programs, centres, or priorities you would like to support.