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Primary Prevention Challenge Grants

November, 2013 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba is pleased to offer a third competition of Primary Prevention Challenge Grants. This recent expansion to our Primary Prevention Challenge Grants program was made possible thanks to additional funding provided by The Winnipeg Foundation. With this grant, our intent is to fund new researchers and to focus on the 1% reduction in risk factors. Though applications addressing all three risk factors (physical inactivity, smoking and excess weight) will be accepted, research in the area of healthy eating is a priority.

Primary Prevention Challenge Grant Request for Proposals and application information can be viewed here.

"Primary Prevention Research in Manitoba: Continuing to Connect"


On Feb 5, 2014, 30 researchers and stakeholders came together to hear about themes and discuss opportunities for primary prevention research in Manitoba.


Session Objectives were:

  • To provide participants with information on key trends and activities;
  • To inform individual researchers involved/interested in primary prevention and to strengthen Manitoba’s capacity for meaningful primary prevention research.
  • To set the stage for identifying priority actions for primary prevention research.


Click here to see the Record of Discussion for the Feb 5 event.


*NEW!* Click here to watch a video recording of the panel discussion.

Dr. Dexter Harvey Award in Primary Prevention

An annual award of $5,000, open to Master's or PhD students in a Manitoba University program whose research focuses on primary prevention risk factor reduction. 

Congratulations to Scott Kehler, the first ever recipient of the Dr. Dexter Harvey Award in Primary Prevention, click here to learn more.

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The Economic Benefits of Risk Factor Reduction in Manitoba

Tobacco Smoking, Excess Weight and Physical Inactivity

The Primary Prevention Syndicate with the support of its funding partners is pleased to release a new report entitled The Economic Benefits of Risk Factor Reduction in Manitoba,  an update to the 2010 report Making the Case for Primary Prevention: An Economic Analysis of Risk Factors in Manitoba. This 2013 report updates the primary data—specifically, data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)—as well as the cost data used in the original report.

Funding for this report was provided by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, the Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Disease, CancerCare Manitoba, Canadian Cancer Society and RBC Foundation

Click to read the original 2010 Making the Case report.

Read up on the latest developments in Primary Prevention research and initiatives in Manitoba with the new Primary Prevention Research newsletter:

Issue One (June 2013)

Issue Two (Sept 2013)

Issue Three (Dec 2013)

Issue Four (Mar 2013)

Primary Prevention Challenge Grants Competition Results

As part of the Foundation's commitment to primary prevention research, the aim of the Challenge Grants is to support innovative and unique research projects that have direct policy and/or practice relevance and application to reducing heart disease and stroke risk factors at a population level in Manitoba.

2013 Competition Results

2011 Competition Results

Manitoba Research Chair in Primary Prevention

The Manitoba Health Research Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba are pleased to announce that Dr. Alan Katz, (MBChB, MSc, CCFP) professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, was awarded with the five-year, $100,000 per year position to champion primary prevention research in the province.

This award will support an internationally recognized mid-career researcher who works as an independent investigator in primary prevention in heart and stroke research. The intent of the award is to champion research in the area of primary prevention, facilitate or lead multidisciplinary approaches to study critical primary prevention issues, stimulate research excellence in primary prevention and advance the availability of best practices for all Manitobans.

Read the full announcement.

Making the Case for Primary Prevention: An Economic Analysis of Risk Factors in Manitoba 

A Manitoba report finds that obesity, physical inactivity and smoking will cost Manitoba taxpayers $4.7 billion in increased health care expenditures and lost productivity by 2026.

Making the Case for Primary Prevention: An Economic Analysis of Risk Factors in Manitoba, a report funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, the Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Disease, CancerCare Manitoba and Health in Common is the first report of its kind in Manitoba to provide solid economic data on the long-term cost of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity – risk factors which lead to chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney and lung diseases.  Read the full report.


Primary Prevention Forums

Primary Prevention stakeholder engagement forums are hosted by the Primary Prevention Syndicate and supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Manitoba. Over the past three years, HSF in Manitoba has been committed to bringing individuals and organizations together to strengthen our collective commitment to primary prevention in the province. For more information, Go to Forums.