In 2004, the Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition set out injury prevention/trauma as one of four theme areas to establish infant, child and youth health indicators. Their goal was “to identify existing indicators and develop new indicators that will be used to monitor and evaluate the health of, and the health services provided to, infants, children and youth and their families”. The Canadian Injury Indicators Development Team, led by Drs. Pike and Macpherson, was created to develop a set of indicators (summary measures) for monitoring the Canadian injury system for children, youth and their families in relation to injury and injury prevention. The First Nations and Inuit Children and Youth Injury Indicators Working Group (established 2007) led a parallel process in recognition of injury affecting First Nations and Inuit at significantly higher rates, thus leveraging the original CIHR injury indicators funding to great benefit.
The CIHR Team in Child and Youth Injury Prevention (STAIR C&Y Team) is a unique collaboration of interdisciplinary researchers and partners who have a common purpose—to generate new knowledge for stakeholders who develop and deliver policy and programs, and advocate for children and youth in Canada.