The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to improving health and health care by advancing the quality, relevance, and application of research on health services and health policy. As the largest and most diverse association of its kind in Canada, CAHSPR provides members with unique opportunities for networking, research collaboration, and career advancement.

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Our Vision

Our vision is for a vibrant community of researchers and decision makers working together toward evidence-based health care and health policy.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a multidisciplinary association fostering and supporting:

  • Linkages between researchers and decision makers;
  • Knowledge translation and exchange;
  • Education and training; and
  • Advocacy for research and its more effective use in planning, practice and policy-making.


Our history dates back to September 1983 and the formation of the Canadian Health Economics Research Association / Association Canadienne pour la recherche en economie de la Sante (CHERA / ACRES). Over a period of 20 years, the association grew to include over 400 members from a wide variety of backgrounds.

In 2003 the association undertook changes that formally reflect its broadening membership base and mandate. In order to become a national, broad-based, interdisciplinary association of practitioners, users and students of health services and policy research, the organization took on a new name: the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research / Association canadienne pour la recherche sur les services et les politiques de la santé (CAHSPR/ACRSPS).

CAHSPR was launched in 2004 at its Annual Conference, a signature event of the association.