page spread from WE-Spark impact reportWE-Spark Health Institute has released a report detailing the impact of its first year of operation.

Report details impact of academic and healthcare partnership

The first Impact Report from the WE-Spark Health Institute showcases the unique strengths its partner institutions — the University of Windsor, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, and Windsor Regional Hospital — bring to advancing health research and demonstrates the power of collaboration, says executive director Lisa Porter.

“We are building on these strengths and integrating expertise, infrastructure and capacity for a vibrant, healthy and resilient community,” Dr. Porter says. “We have far exceeded our first year’s goals. It is remarkable what we have been to achieve together, and this is just the beginning.”

Highlights of the report, entitled Uniting Strengths, include:

  • $6,245,553 in health research funding;
  • grants program providing 29 projects a total of $408,000;
  • 18 research tools created;
  • 146 WE-Spark members; and
  • a comprehensive community COVID-19 resource hub that provides up-to-date, evidence-based information.

“We are thrilled at how WE-Spark is evolving and growing,” says UWindsor president Robert Gordon. “The University of Windsor looks forward to continued collaborations that will no doubt provide more training opportunities, research outcomes, and health benefits for our community.”

Read the full report at

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