Working in partnership with
children, youth, families and communities
to create a healthier Peel Region.
Welcome to the Family and Child Health Initiative!
The Family and Child Health Initiative (FCHI) is a group of researchers and clinicians focused on improving the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in Peel Region, Ontario and was founded in 2018 with the generous financial support of an anonymous donor and various research grants.
FCHI works in partnership with children, youth, families, and communities because we believe the voices, experiences, and knowledge of everyone that lives, plays, and works in Peel is needed to create programs, services, and systems that are inclusive, equitable, meaningful, and long-lasting.
Whether you are a community member, service provider, researcher or student, please consider connecting with us to share to your ideas about child, youth, and family health and well-being or how we might work together. We would love to hear from you.
What’s New at FCHI
New Report: A Needs Assessment to Support Collective Action for COVID-19 Pandemic Support and Recovery with Families in the Peel Region
FCHI conducted a community-based needs assessment on behalf of the Peel Family Support Network to understand the needs of youth, caregivers and families across the region in order to ensure the resources on the Parenting Through the Pandemic portal were meaningful, accessible and inclusive for all families. Check out the full report which outlines families experiences throughout the pandemic and their identified needs.
Recently Funded Project: A Collaborative Response to addressing Family Violence with Diverse Communities during Pandemic Recovery in Peel Region
FCHI is excited to launch a new Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded project aiming to center the voices of people who have experienced or witnessed family violence to co-design regional interventions for family violence prevention.
New Publication: Building a Community- Based Participatory Research Approach to Child, Youth, and Family Health in Peel
FCHI engaged stakeholders across Peel Region to build a community-based participatory research approach to improve the health and well-being of families in Peel. Check out our recent publication led by Dr. Sara Martel which outlines what stakeholders view as challenges for families and how we can prioritize equity, collaboration, and active participation in a community-wide approach to family health.
For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples inhabited and cared for this land.
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which the Region of Peel operates is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
In particular, we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants.