The Research Chair Policies, Knowledge and Health (or Pocosa from it’s French acronym Politiques, Connaissances, Santé) was funded through the Applied Public Health Chairs Program of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) between October 2014 and October 2019. Between 2014 and 2018 it also received financial support from the University of Montreal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM) and the Nursing Faculty of Université de Montréal. The chair ended its activities in early 2020 because of the University of Victoria lack of interest for research.
The mission of the Pocosa Research Chair was to support the development and implementation of reforms to improve healthcare system performance and sustainability in Canada.
The combined impacts of demographic change, technological development and taxation constraints threaten the sustainability of public healthcare systems. Moreover, the persistence of inequalities in access to healthcare, limited access to healthcare services—especially at the primary care level—and problems related to care continuity and comprehensiveness testify to the difficulty of reforming health systems. Yet there is strong evidence of the effectiveness of several avenues of intervention to address the above-mentioned challenges. The challenge facing us is not so much knowing what to do, but rather identifying how to do what we know is needed.
Drawing on concepts from the fields of knowledge transfer, political science, organizational theory and public administration, the aim of the PoCoSa Research Chair was to inform health policies based on available scientific knowledge.