Health Care and Homelessness (HCH)


HCH1: How to Prepare for a Future Pandemic and its Impact on People Experiencing Homelessness

The COVENANT Study: Lessons Learned From Conducting a Cohort Study Measuring Incidence and Prevalence of COVID-19 Among People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto – Olivia Spandier, Research Coordinator, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St.Michael’s Hospital; Sharmistha Mishra, Unity Health Toronto; Frank Crichlow, Community Health Worker/Satellite Worker, SRCHC

The COVENANT Study: Findings from a COVID-19 Cohort Study of People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto – Jesse Jenkinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions; Lucie Richard, Research Associate, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions; Allison Dyer, Peer Researcher, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions


HCH2: Finding Common Ground: Leveraging Hospital Data to Support the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness

Watch Session

Identifying People Experiencing Homelessness in Canadian Administrative Health Data: A National Perspective – Kinsey Beck, Canadian Institute for Health Information; Eric De Prophetis, Analyst, Canadian Institute for Health Information; Diana Ridgeway, Senior Analyst, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Nowhere To Go: Shelter Restrictions and their Health Effects on Individuals Deprived of Housing – Avital Pitkis, McMaster University; Robin Lennox, McMaster University

Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Individuals with Lived Homelessness Experience: A Review of the Literature – Ayan Yusuf, Research Coordinator, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions; Melissa Perri, University of Toronto


HCH3: Innovations in Action: Peer Support in the Emergency Department and Healthcare on the Streets

Watch Session

Peers in the Emergency Department: A Community-Hospital Collaboration to Improve the Healthcare of People Experiencing Homelessness – Jennifer Hulme, Assistant Professor, Emergency Physician, University Health Network; Nadia Wali, Manager, Community Initiatives (Urban Health and Homelessness Services), The Neighbourhood Group; Brian De Matos, Peer Support Worker, The Neighbourhood Group

Integrated Homelessness Action Response Teams (IHART): Building Meaningful Community Connections for Improved Health Outcomes – Janet Shortt, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fraser Health Authority; Tabitha Mclaughlin, Manager- IHART, Fraser Health; Dana Ryane, Fraser Health Authority

Integration of Health Services in Emergency Housing Services: Examination of How Providers can Build and Leverage Partnerships to Support Health Care Needs of Clients Experiencing Homelessness Part 1 + Part 2: Amalee Lavigne, Blue Door; Jessica Bondy, Housing Director , House of Friendship


HCH4: One Fell Swoop: Addressing the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness for Older People Through Harm Reduction

Integrated Harm-Reduction Health Services for Older People Experiencing Homelessness in 3 Canadian Contexts – Lara Nixon, Associate Professor, Family Physician, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary; Susan Moore, Director, Community Development and Resident Support, Brightside Community Homes Foundation; Laura Pin, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Expanding an Integrated Harm Reduction Approach across Canada’s Largest Shelter System – Meredith Kratzmann, Policy Development Officer, City of Toronto – Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Kris Guthrie, Health Promotion Specialist, Toronto Public Health – The Works; Tanya Grocholsky, Harm Reduction Coordinator, iPHARE, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre


HCH5: The Next Step After Reaching Home: Moving Towards Health and Stability

Watch Session

Housing First, What Next? Recovery Education for Adults Transitioning to Housing – Vicky Stergiopoulos, Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Samuel Gruszecki, Recovery College Coordinator, CAMH

Assertive Community Treatment: Key Ingredients for Engagement with Treatment – Elizabeth Morgan, Assistant Team Lead, The Alexandra Community Health Centre; Faustyna Zietara, The Alexandra Community Health Centre


HCH6: It’s Not One Size Fits All: Customizing Healthcare for Unique Populations

Watch Session

Implementation of Women’s Health Drop-in Days with Local Health and Social Service Partners for Homeless Individuals – Megan Lynch, Manager Priority Populations, Greater Hamilton Health Network

Pathways to Coordinated Care: Exploring the Journeys of Young People experiencing homelessness in Toronto, Canada using Grounded Theory Methodology – Alzahra Hudani, HBSc, MPH, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa

Connect 2 Care: Addressing the barriers between acute care and community, through case management, integration and advocacy – Elaine Wilson, Senior Director, Operations, CUPS; Halle Ross, CUPS; Eric Lopatinsky, CUPS


HCH7: Service Adaptations During Large-Scale Emergencies

Watch Session

HELP USA’s New York City Transitional Housing Covid-19 Vaccine Peer Support Group Program: Evidenced-based responses to client vaccine hesitancy – Ashwin Parulkar, Senior Research Specialist, HELP USA

A Transdisciplinary Model for Crisis Planning and Response: the impact of COVID-19 isolation practices on service delivery to persons experiencing homelessness and concurrent disorders – Michael Young, Director, School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University; Rana Van Tuyl, Research Associate, Royal Roads University


HCH8: Improving Specialised Healthcare Access and Outcomes for People Experiencing Homelessness

Watch Session

Cardiovascular Care Experiences of People Experiencing Homelessness and the Future Co-Design of a New Cardiac Care Program: Community-Based Research in Toronto – Jillian Macklin, MD/PhD Student, University of Toronto; Alexander Zsager, Community Researcher, Homeless Connect Toronto

Improving Diabetes Care for People Experiencing Homelessness: using data linkage to identify existing disparities in service use and opportunities for intervention – Kathryn Wiens, University of Toronto; David Campbell, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Exploring Health Inequities: Head Injuries in People Experiencing Homelessness – Emily Angus, Registered Nurse, MScN, Western University


HCH9: Creating Safe Spaces in Unprecedented Circumstances – Extreme Heat and the Pandemic

Watch Session

Extreme Heat Response: Protection and Preparation for Marginalized Communities – Magdalena Szpala, BC Housing; Michael Schwandt, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health

Care and Collaboration – the Possibilities of Shelter Hotel and Hospital Partnership – Kate Francombe Pridham, Research Program Manager, Unity Health Toronto; Fred Ellerington, Homeless Outreach Counsellor, Unity Health Toronto-General Internal Medicine; David Reycraft, Director of Housing, Homelessness Services, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services


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