Insprire team members

The INSPIRE-PHC Program has a RESEARCH component, a SUPPORT component, including patient engagement, and a NETWORK component to serve the primary health care research community of Ontario.  Please see INSPIRE-PHC for more information. You can follow the program on Twitter @inspire_phc

The support component is funded through the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit with INSPIRE-PHC as one of 12 Centres offering support to the Ontario Research Community. Research consultations and Knowledge Translation and Exchange Consultations on PHC methods and processes, are provided to researchers, policy makers and the community. As well, Capacity Building in primary health care research is a focus of the program. Fellowships are provided to Ontario participants in the national TUTOR-PHC research training program as well as administrative and curriculum support for the program. The support component also includes a newly formed PHC Patient Engagement Resource Centre housed at the Bruyere Research Institute in Ottawa. This centre promotes and supports the meaningful and appropriate engagement of patients (meaning people with lived experience of a health issue, their families, friends and caregivers) in primary health care research in Ontario.

The research component consists of completed research program (2013-2016) led by Dr. Moira Stewart of Western University and a newly funded (2017-2020) research program led by Dr. Michael Green of Queen’s University. These research programs are funded through the Health System Research Fund, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) of Ontario, Canada. 

Although the first research program is complete, the three innovations included in that program continue to be active programs and can be accessed through the following websites:


SCOPE at University Health Network

eConsult – The Champlain BASETM eConsult Service

A website for the new Research program is under construction.

The network component consists of over 125 Ontario Primary Health Care related researchers, clinician-scientists and policymakers.  The goal of the network is to build awareness and share information among the Ontario PHC Research community.  Information, opportunities, events and resources related to PHC research are provided to network members via a listserv. The INSPIRE-PHC website also includes a list of linked resources that have been shared with the Network since 2013.

Program Lead: Dr. Moira Stewart, Dr. Brian W. Gilbert Canada Research Chair in Primary Health Care Research (2003-2017), Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University.

If you have any questions of for more information, please contact: Eliot Frymire, Manager.

Visit the INSPIRE-PHC website.