Peer research is a powerful method to gain deep insights into important issues, but there is an inherent tension between two overarching goals of engaging people with lived experience, noted the Wellesley Institute’s Brenda Roche at today’s Peer Research Into Action forum.
Archives for January 2011
The growing body of evidence that shows Toronto is becoming a more divided city as people and populations, also suggests that the city is increasingly segregated by housing, income and health. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott made a presentation to Ryerson University students today on the links between housing, income and health.
How do you drive equity into mental health? And mental health into equity? What tools can you use to make the process more comprehensible and user-friendly to overburdened policy-makers and practitioners? Bob Gardner and I facilitated a workshop with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario) today to discuss “wicked” policy challenges in this area. The […]
The news yesterday from Statistics Canada that only half of the country’s 1.4 million unemployed are receiving employment insurance benefits underlines just one of the many policy concerns about Canada system for supporting jobless workers. Differing qualifications periods across the country, restrictions on special benefits, links to other income transfer programs are among the many […]
Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, yet millions of Canadians are precariously housed. The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott outlined a century of critical housing and health research and policy issues, and set out a practical and pragmatic agenda for action, in a presentation to George Brown students. His presentation builds on […]
The federal government has announced new rules for home mortgages designed to “support the long-term stability of Canada’s housing market”. Tougher regulations to block risky financial instruments (like the subprime mortgages that sparked the downfall of the US and global economies in 2008) are welcome, but the federal government urgently needs a comprehensive housing strategy that […]
As our colleagues and friends in the United States mark January 17, 2011, as Martin Luther King Jr Day, Canadians can also take time to remember his call to action for equality and justice. “We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great […]
The Three Cities research is a powerful part of a growing body of evidence that documents deep and persistent poverty and growing income inequality in Toronto and Canada, and underlines the devastating impact that this is having on the health and lives of people and communities. In the first video link below, University of Toronto […]
The Role of Local Government in Promoting Well-being is a very interesting British report written by the New Economics Foundation for Local Government Improvement and Development and the National Mental Health Development Unit. It highlights the levers local governments have, in collaboration with community organizations, that can enhance overall population health. They emphasize that “creating […]
Inequalities in income, race, ethnicity and gender are driving differences in health outcomes – making some Americans sicker and increasing infant deaths, according to major new research released today by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among the findings: Lower income people have fewer healthy days and infant mortality rates are up to […]