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Community Health and Social Innovation (CHASI) Hub

Projects and research program

Working with community and government partners like the First Nations Health Authority, the Fraser Health Authority, and the Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack Divisions of Family Practice, the Community Health and Social Innovation Hub leads collaborative and cross-sectoral projects that use research and community engagement to rapidly identify challenges with respect to access and differential experiences of health and social wellness and developing innovations to respond to these challenges.

With evidence-informed, technology-driven interventions that improve access to health and social services, together we can create better health outcomes that lead to thriving communities.

For more information on how you can join or support this work, contact Dr. Martha Dow at or

Current and past projects

To learn more about just some of the projects CHASI has worked on, take a look at our CHASI projects pamphlet.

A screenshot of the attached PDF showing various project CHASI worked on in 2020.

Research Assistant Development (RAD) program

The Health and Social Innovation HUB at UFV is a physical and virtual space for researchers, students, government partners, and community and corporate collaborators to engage in a manner that sparks and fuels out of the box thinking about health and social issues from inception to implementation. Research assistants are instrumental in the HUB’s encouragement of inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral engagement.

One of the many exciting aspects of the RAD Program is that each student will work on the supervision of a senior researcher in the HUB. Each Research Assistant will work with their supervisor to design a job description that supports the development of the student’s interests and academic and professional skills in concert with the needs of the funding partner, in this case, UFV’s VP Students. Given the nature of the HUB, the research assistant will participate in all aspects of the research and community engagement activities from their sponsors bringing an idea forward, to the development of a research strategy, to the knowledge mobilization activities once the project has been completed. Students will have opportunities to develop their professional and academic skills and develop their curriculum vitaes in ways that once again demonstrate the tremendous opportunities available to undergraduate students at UFV.