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Our mission

Improve health of children, teenagers and mothers of Quebec

Our mission is to improve health on the whole which constitutes a complete state of physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of children, teenagers and mothers of Quebec in affiliation with our health care, university and research partners.

CHU Sainte-Justine is committed to fulfilling the six mandates that fall under its university mission:

  • To provide specialized and ultraspecialized care
  • To conduct basic and clinical research in pediatric and maternal health
  • To prepare the next generation of health care professionals through teaching
  • To promote health
  • To assess new technologies and treatment methods
  • To provide rehabilitation, adaptation and social integration services to children and teenagers with motor and language disorders

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Health Promotion

The CHU Sainte-Justine Health Promotion Centre develops, implements, and assesses health promotion and disease prevention programs that are specifically aimed at improving the health of mothers, children, and teenagers of Quebec.

These intervention, research, education and knowledge-sharing initiatives primarily focus on reducing risk factors associated to numerous health problems, both at the individual and collective levels.

Our programs are carried out in many different areas, such as the promotion of breastfeeding, prevention of heart disease and shaken baby syndrome, detection of hearing loss in newborns, and implementation of measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits.

In association with our health care partners, we also strive to be involved in the development of public policies that foster and support good health in the context of sustainable development. All of our strategies are aimed at both the general public and vulnerable population groups, such as cultural communities and marginalized families.

Accredited as a health-promoting establishment by the World Health Organization, the Health Promotion Centre is also responsible for developing the Employee Wellness Program of the CHU Sainte-Justine.

An internationally recognized research centre

Our Research Centre strives to improve the health of mothers and children by generating new medical knowledge. Our research priorities were defined in 2007 following an external analysis conducted by a committee of experts presided by Janet Rossant, and was based on our existing strengths and the needs of the population. These priorities have been integrated into all our six established programs of both clinical and basic research, including neurosciences and neurodevelopment, immunology and oncology, musculoskeletal diseases and scoliosis, general health and prevention of chronic illnesses, neonatology and maternal disorders, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Our research activities have experienced significant growth in the last five years with a 10% increase in the number of researchers and a 20% increase in funding. There are about 200 doctors and researchers currently working on both research sites (Rehabilitation Centre Marie Enfant and CHU Sainte-Justine) with 400 research assistants under their supervision.

Our Research Centre combines the production of basic research with the dynamism of clinical research, organized in six clinical programs. This continuity truly enables the development of translational research that allows for constant and permanent exchange between the clinical and basic research teams. This translational research has been implemented in the areas of oncology and hematology, scoliosis and back disorders, perinatal care and intensive care in order to foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers and to accelerate the application of research generated knowledge for the greater benefit of mothers and children.

A world-class knowledge centre

Our mission
Improve health of children, teenagers and mothers of Quebec

Our mission is to improve health on the whole which constitutes a complete state of physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of children, teenagers and mothers of Quebec in affiliation with our health care, university and research partners.

CHU Sainte-Justine is committed to fulfilling the six mandates that fall under its university mission:

To provide specialized and ultraspecialized care
To conduct basic and clinical research in pediatric and maternal health
To prepare the next generation of health care professionals through teaching
To promote health
To assess new technologies and treatment methods
To provide rehabilitation, adaptation and social integration services to children and teenagers with motor and language disorders

Know more about...

Health Promotion

The CHU Sainte-Justine Health Promotion Centre develops, implements, and assesses health promotion and disease prevention programs that are specifically aimed at improving the health of mothers, children, and teenagers of Quebec.

These intervention, research, education and knowledge-sharing initiatives primarily focus on reducing risk factors associated to numerous health problems, both at the individual and collective levels.

Our programs are carried out in many different areas, such as the promotion of breastfeeding, prevention of heart disease and shaken baby syndrome, detection of hearing loss in newborns, and implementation of measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits.

In association with our health care partners, we also strive to be involved in the development of public policies that foster and support good health in the context of sustainable development. All of our strategies are aimed at both the general public and vulnerable population groups, such as cultural communities and marginalized families.

Accredited as a health-promoting establishment by the World Health Organization, the Health Promotion Centre is also responsible for developing the Employee Wellness Program of the CHU Sainte-Justine.

An internationally recognized research centre

Our Research Centre strives to improve the health of mothers and children by generating new medical knowledge. Our research priorities were defined in 2007 following an external analysis conducted by a committee of experts presided by Janet Rossant, and was based on our existing strengths and the needs of the population. These priorities have been integrated into all our six established programs of both clinical and basic research, including neurosciences and neurodevelopment, immunology and oncology, musculoskeletal diseases and scoliosis, general health and prevention of chronic illnesses, neonatology and maternal disorders, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Our research activities have experienced significant growth in the last five years with a 10% increase in the number of researchers and a 20% increase in funding. There are about 200 doctors and researchers currently working on both research sites (Rehabilitation Centre Marie Enfant and CHU Sainte-Justine) with 400 research assistants under their supervision.

Our Research Centre combines the production of basic research with the dynamism of clinical research, organized in six clinical programs. This continuity truly enables the development of translational research that allows for constant and permanent exchange between the clinical and basic research teams. This translational research has been implemented in the areas of oncology and hematology, scoliosis and back disorders, perinatal care and intensive care in order to foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers and to accelerate the application of research generated knowledge for the greater benefit of mothers and children.

A world-class knowledge centre

The CHU Sainte-Justine is one of the most prominent health establishments for mother and child care in Canada. Students of pediatric medicine trained at the CHU Sainte-Justine from the Université de Montréal have ranked among the top scoring students in the Royal College exam for the past five years. CHU Sainte-Justine's Education Centre provides training not only to students in medical programs, but also to students in the nursing, respiratory therapy, physiotherapy, pediatric and obstetric programs across the province.

Our continuing assessment and knowledge-sharing programs are developed thanks to the close collaboration between the research and teaching teams in order to integrate new knowledge into clinical practice internally at the CHU Sainte-Justine and externally in other health care establishments across the province by way of telemedicine. The transfer of knowledge generated in our research centre and through literature reviews is overseen by the Mother-Child Knowledge Centre that combines theoretical, simulation-based and hands-on clinical training. This centre features a telemedicine centre dedicated to mother-child health to ensure the quality of transmitted information and to participate in the training of health care workers.

A rigorous technology assessment

Impact evaluation of new knowledge is conducted on a continued basis thanks to a structured quality improvement and technology assessment process. The CHU Sainte-Justine is part of an evolving technological transformation guided by a common vision developed by its researchers, clinicians, administrators, and educators.

This vision of the use of technology for research and development objectives introduces a new dimension to CHU Sainte-Justine and presents new opportunities in such areas as medically-tailored nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

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