With almost 50 cents of every tax dollar currently going to health care, the system is simply not sustainable. Canada’s health care system has many strengths, but without evolving to meet critical challenges like spiraling costs, access to services and waiting times, it will shatter.
The answers lie within the work of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. Solutions are being developed by more than 400 academics and professionals, including research scientists, clinicians, health system decision-makers and other experts. Together, we are building better health and better health care.
Better health is about ideas and actions to improve the health of individuals and populations, like reducing obesity or increasing vaccinations. Better health care is about improving the systems we use to deliver health by cutting waste, getting better value for money, finding greater efficiency of services, reducing wait times, boosting safety and improving patient outcomes.
The O’Brien Institute’s work is key to the Cumming School of Medicine’s focus areas of precision medicine and precision public health – the understanding provided through research, data and unique health characteristics that can lead to personalized treatments and therapies for individuals and communities.
Your support of the O’Brien Institute will fuel expertise to innovate and improve the system. We are changing the future of health in three key areas:
- health, wellness and disease prevention
- health systems performance and innovation
- big data and smart analytics