Shehzad Ali asks: Can we develop an equitable health system?

In this video, Dr. Shehzad Ali, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Health Economics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, describes how his research uses administrative health data to measure inequality in access, use and outcomes of health care systems across specific geographic service areas. Through his research, he created an interactive tool that helps organizations quantify how different resource allocations or interventions can mitigate inequality and improve patient outcomes.

How can housing best serve the needs of people exiting homelessness or long-term mental health care?

CRHESI researchers have received $220,970 from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (National Housing Strategy – Research and Planning Fund) to better understand what makes supportive housing most effective. How can housing serve the needs of people exiting homelessness or long-term mental health care? The research will centre the voices of people living in Indwell’s supportive housing, as well as looking at how these services integrate within the broader community. Knowing that supports are vital for housing stability for Canada’s most vulnerable peoples, the researchers hope to create guidance to expand supportive models.

The study is titled Making Permanent Supportive Housing Work for Vulnerable Populations: Advancing the ability of housing providers and policy makers to create supportive housing for those in greatest need. Phase 1 findings from the 2-year project will be publicly released in the next month.

The research team includes from Western: Abe Oudshoorn (PI), Carrie Anne Marshall, Deanna Befus, Jason Gilliland, Susana Caxaj & Sarah McLean. Community partners are Indwell, represented by Steve Rolfe and Miranada Crockett.

Find Meaning in Movement

Dr. P. David Howe (Medical Anthropologist and the Dr. Frank J. Hayden Endowed Chair in Sport and Social Impact at Western University’s School of Kinesiology) will speak as a panelist at the Ontario Brain Institute’s Public Talks series on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Dr. Howe’s research focuses on the sociocultural factors that include physical activity, disability sport and to empower marginalized populations through movement.

Date – Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time – 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
Register via Eventbrite

We often think of physical activity contributing only to physical fitness – but there is strong evidence to support that movement benefits, protects, and sustains our cognitive fitness as well. Movement in all forms has profound impacts on our brains across our lifespan, from improving mental health to reducing risk of dementia, and more.

Join our panel of advocates, community leaders, and researchers to discover how only a few moments of movement each day is an investment to promote brain health for years to come.

Webinar: Embedding Anti-Racism and Decolonization in University Approaches to EDI

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00-2:30 P.M.

You are invited to join us for an afternoon discussion on the importance of embedding principles of anti-racism and decolonization in the core missions of Canadian universities, featuring special presentations by Dr. Malinda S. Smith (Calgary) and Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek (York).

Dr. Nicole Kaniki and Dr. Bertha Garcia, Western’s special advisors on anti-racism, will then join us to outline their work to reimagine the current processes for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives at Western, and address how their work will activate the recommendations of the report to the President’s Anti-Racism Working Group.

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