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About Us


The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) is an academic and applied research centre at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.* From 1992 to 1997, the research centre was known as the Northern Health Human Resources Research Unit (NHHRRU). Since then we have been known as the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) to reflect a much broader research mandate.

CRaNHR's mandate is to conduct interdisciplinary research on rural health with a view to improving health services, access to health care, particularly in rural and northern communities, and enhancing our understanding of the health care system. Working under the auspices of CRaNHR and with the support of research staff, investigators from various faculties at Laurentian University and the health care community conduct studies and evaluation on the organization, delivery, and effectiveness of rural and northern health services, as well as on various health workforce issues. 

CRaNHR is committed to timely dissemination of research findings to the health care community and to use research and evaluation to support health care decision-makers, planners, providers, and consumers. We welcome opportunities to work with professional associations, health care agencies, government ministries, and other research centres.


CRaNHR wishes to thank many organizations and individuals for their support. Their participation in and collaboration with research activities have greatly contributed to the success of the research centre.


*See here for CRaNHR at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (opens in new window) 

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