BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre is the only facility in BC devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. Located in Vancouver, BC Women’s is known as one of Canada’s pre-eminent obstetrical centres. The facility is the provincial referral centre for high risk pregnancies and cares for the most critically ill and premature babies in its Newborn ICU.
BC Women’s also provides one-of-a-kind care to meet women’s specialized health needs throughout their lives, including gynecological and reproductive care, substance dependency treatment and osteoporosis management.
Women’s Health Research Institute
Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is a real and virtual organization designed to facilitate women’s health research in British Columbia and provide a community for women’s health researchers. One of only three research institutes in Canada with an explicit focus on women’s health, the WHRI engages research partners across the province to support, enhance, and champion women’s health research with the recognition that when women are healthy, all of society benefits. The WHRI is devoted to improving the health and health care of girls and women through knowledge generation, serving as a catalyst for research in women’s health and supporting an expanding provincial and national network of women’s health researchers, policy makers and healthcare providers.
As the research arm of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, the WHRI supports research embedded in the Acute Perinatal and Ambulatory programs of the hospital. In addition, through clinical, epidemiological and women-centered clinical trials, investigator-driven research spans a wide-range of women’s health topics including, but not limited to:
- Family planning
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the prevention of cervical cancer
- Women’s global health
- Integrative genomics and the prevention of preterm birth
- HIV prevention and treatment strategies for women
- Breast health
- Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH), hosted at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and funded by Health Canada, is a research and knowledge exchange centre focused on girls’ and women’s health with strong roots in policy, practice, academic and community networks. BCCEWH research aims to improve the health status of girls and women who face health inequities due to socioeconomic status, race, culture, age, sexual orientation, geography, disability and/or addiction.