Networking Reception at CAEH Conference

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference is occurring in London this November 2-4. As part of the conference we are facilitating a networking reception for faculty, students, and post-docs.

With CRHESI as a sponsor for this event, we would like to extend an invitation to any of our members who are interested in the area of homelessness to attend, even if you are not attending the conference.

The reception is Wednesday, November 2, at 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the beautifully renovated historic London Round House. Free finger foods provided by Blackfriars Cafe. There will also be a cash bar. This is an opportunity to network with other academics and partners, including students, doing work across Canada in this sector.

We look forward to having you join us, and would appreciate an RSVP to to assist us with our planning.

Making Connections in CRHESI

The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) is driven by connections with our membership and the community. As such, we are dedicated to meaningful engagement within and across these networks. We believe that the best way to support an environment that is conducive to innovative and influential research is to help facilitate connections that matter.

We want to sit down with you to learn about the specifics of you work and to understand your areas of interest. Meeting with you and other researchers and community partners enables us to find correlations, parallels and complementary overlaps between your work and that of other members.

Here’s a little video to describe our strategy for helping new CRHESI members make meaningful connections within the network:


Meet CRHESI: Abe Oudshoorn

Abe Oudshoorn is Assistant Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, the Department of Psychiatry Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute. Having worked as a nurse with people experiencing homelessness, Abe’s research focuses on health, homelessness, housing policy, and poverty. Outside of the University, Abe has the privilege of chairing the London Homeless Coalition, is a board member with the United Way of London & Middlesex, and sits on the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty.

Meet CRHESI: Melanie Katsivo

Melanie Katsivo is Research Officer and Adjunct Research Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, where her interests and work are focused on innovative and disruptive approaches to dealing with factors that deter the enjoyment of acceptable levels of good health and overall wellness by individuals in communities. Melanie uses a gender- and human-rights framework to interrogate socio-cultural determinants of wellness.

Meet CRHESI: Carri Hand

Carri Hand is Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Carri’s research explores physical, social, policy and cultural contextual factors that impact social connectedness, social inclusion and participation in occupations among older adults — all to inform the development of innovative strategies to promote inclusion of older adults in community life. Carri collaborates with community organizations and community members, focusing on vulnerable older adults who may be experiencing poverty, disability, or social isolation. Her current work explores the complex ways in which neighbourhoods can support social connectedness and inclusion; how primary care and neighbourhoods can be integrated to support inclusion and participation; and measurement of meaningful outcomes in primary care as a basis for addressing health inequities.