The BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health began in 1995 when a consortium of women's organizations, universities, and health care providers, led by BC Women's, developed a plan for an integrated women's health research centre.
The vision of the BCCEWH has always been to close the loop between research, policy, and care. Since its inception, the Centre has completed over 300 research and knowledge translation projects with funding from local, national and international research funding agencies, as well as numerous government departments and agencies. Organizationally, the BCCEWH has evolved from a special project of BC Women's into an independent, non-profit organization hosted by BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre.
Today the BCCEWH collaborates with women's health researchers, service providers, policy makers and community-based advocates across British Columbia, across Canada and around the world. The BCCEWH is known internationally for its work on women and tobacco issues, sex- and gender-based analysis, health promotion, mental health and substance use, trauma-informed care, and violence against women and girls.
The mission of the British Columbia Excellence for Women's Health is to improve the health of women by fostering collaboration on multidisciplinary and action-oriented research on girls' and women's health issues. The BCCEWH has always paid particular attention to research that will 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.
The Centre achieve its mission by generating new knowledge about women's health, fostering innovative approaches to research, and facilitating knowledge exchange to close the loop between research and action on women-centred programs, practice and policy. This work is done in partnership with researchers, health and social service practitioners, health system planners and community-based advocates for women's health. The Centre is known for its innovative approaches to knowledge translation, particularly its use of electronic, web-based technologies to foster exchange, learning and planning.