Located in Seaforth, Ontario, Gateway is the only community-driven rural health research institute in Canada.

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Gateway Mission

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication.

Gateway Vision

Gateway’s vision is to build a centre of excellence dedicated to advancing rural health teaching and community-based research across the Huron-Perth-Bruce-Grey region in order to:

  • Improve patient health, productivity and wellness
  • Reduce rates of chronic diseases in rural communities
  • Reduce strain on emergency rooms and hospital beds
  • Reduce impact of disease on rural families and communities
  • Improve education, recruitment and retention in rural communities
  • Improve patient adherence to prescribed medication

History and Leadership

Established as a not-for-profit organization in 2008. Gateway is governed by a high-profile,  volunteer Board of Directors led by Chair, Rob Evans and President, Gwen Devereaux. Gateway’s Gateway Administrator is Jean CrawfordMcVittie.

Higher Rates of Chronic Disease in Rural Ontario

(see separate Rural Health Stats for more info)

Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties are experiencing significantly higher rates of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, some forms of cancer, chronic lung disease, depression, mild cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s) than urban rates. The rate of diabetes in Bruce County (8.0%) is twice the rate of diabetes in London (4.0%) as well as the provincial average of (4.1%).  The rate of stroke in Bruce County is 51% higher compared to the provincial average.

Family Health Team Partners

North Perth Family Health Team, Listowel
Brockton and Area Family Health Team, Walkerton
STAR Family Health Team, Tavistock

Clinton Family Health Team (finalizing details of partnership)
Huron Community Family Health Team (finalizing details of partnership)

Research and Education Partners

Lawson Health Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine, Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN), University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, McMaster University Michael DeGroote School of Medicine, Georgian College, HealthKick

Business and Community Partners

McCall MacBain Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Huron Business Development Corporation, Huron/Perth Poultry Farmers, The Municipality of Huron East, Huron East/Seaforth Community Development Trust, AY McLean Estate, Progressive Turf Equipment Inc., United Communities Credit Union Ltd. , The Seaforth Golf and Country Club

Current Funding

  $1.365 million over five years from above contributors and community individuals

Research Studies

  • The DaTA Study: Diabetes & Technology for Increased Activity
  • Artemis Study
  • Stroke Symptom Awareness in a Rural Population
  • Frequency of Mild Cognitive Impairment in a Rural Population
  • Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease in a Rural Population
  • Rural Pharmacy Intervention for the Detection and Management of Cognitive Impairment (planning phase)


Gateway currently operates in a 900 sq. ft. facility as a tenant of Huron East Health Centre. Gateway RHRI has successfully completed its pilot phase and urgently requires additional facilities and resources. A capital campaign will be launched in September 2011 to build Gateway a 25,000 sq. ft. permanent home. Over two acres of land has been donated to Gateway by the A.Y. and Winn McLean family as a site to build their new headquarters and lecture hall.