The Chair in Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) is an internationally-unique, five-year program examining the effects of complex, neighbourhood-level, population-based interventions on health and its determinants, particularly for children. It is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Since 2009, the program has reviewed existing evidence on the health effects of neighbourhood interventions from Canada and other countries, developed and refined methods to investigate the effects of neighbourhood interventions on health, and conducted an ambitious program of primary research.
a knowledge base for action;
training and mentoring for current and future practitioners of neighbourhood-based intervention research; and
translation of findings so they can be better used by decision-makers, practitioners and the community.
The central hypothesis of CRUNCH is that complex, population-based interventions focusing on urban residential neighbourhoods can have positive effects on the health of residents, but to replicate the results requires an understanding of how interventions work, not simply if they work.
Download a two-page summary (.pdf format) describing CRUNCH and its work here.