CRHESI stands with Muslim community

Like so many others in London and across Canada, we are deeply saddened by the horrific act of hatred, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia that took place in our community. We know that words sometimes seem so inadequate – and ultimately they are. We need action. And we need to grieve. We send love and condolences to the friends, families, and neighbours of the beautiful family who were killed while taking an evening stroll. We are profoundly sorry. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and reiterate our commitment to working to end existing hatred and violence. In the words of CRHESI Executive Committee member, Javeed Sukhera, “I ask of you all, please, never, ever, look away from the hatred that lives within our midst. Do not give it oxygen. Starve it with love. Suffocate it with compassion.”

A crowdfunding campaign to the support the lone surviving family member is underway on LaunchGood.

Book Release: Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion

You are invited to the virtual book release of Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion, edited by Cheryl Forchuk and Rick Csiernik. The event will be held on Zoom and Facebook Live on June 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

With input from over 35 community partners and people with lived experience, the hope is to engender community-based initiatives to counteract poverty and promote social inclusion.

Registration and further details available at

CRHESI Launches New Grant Streams

CRHESI is excited to support new research collaborations and initiatives in our community through two funding streams:

Planning/Development Seed Grant: Support for emerging or established teams of academic and community partners in planning, developing and/or carrying out the initial stages of collaborative research.

Putting Knowledge Into Action – Pilot Grant: Closing the gap between knowledge and practice, by facilitating productive exchanges among community-based and academic partners.

Applications for the first round of funding are due September 15, 2021.

Both grants are made possible through the generous support of the Arthur Labatt Family.

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.