The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott spent three days in Washington at the National Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference. While the United States faces a deep and painful level of homelessness, the US federal government is taking an inspiring lead in the campaign to end homelessness.
Archives for July 2011
In the summer of 2009 and 2010, 21 multi-cultural youth from St. James Town completed a Photovoice projectand disseminated their findings in a community forum that attracted the attention of news media. The goal of the arts-based project was to investigate the impact of neighbourhood on youth health and well-being.
The best way to address a shared challenge is to engage the people who are most affected by the issue to help develop solutions. Here at the Wellesley Institute we often speak about comprehensive community initiatives – but what does that really mean? This post taps into Bob Gardner’s insights during a recent Tamarack Institute […]
City planning is a complex and multi faceted undertaking that requires much collaboration between public and private stakeholders – it is an opportunity for policy makers to shape a space that fosters community, health, and equality. To this end, crafting cityscapes is a task that requires dialogue, careful planning, and dedicated consideration of local priorities.
Health inequalities between different population groups have major implications for governments. But how do we tackle differences in health outcomes that are avoidable, unfair and systematically related to social inequality and disadvantage?
How do you know whether a policy or a program that you’re undertaking is working? What about when the problem that you’re addressing is particularly complex? We know that when we’re driving a car putting your foot on the accelerator makes it go, but we also know that the accelerator isn’t the only thing that […]
The Wellesley Institute has a long been committed to strengthening community-based research and, as part of this commitment, we fund a number of CBR initiatives by grass-roots organizations across the city of Toronto. One such initiative is Access Alliance’s income security, race and health research work out of which Working Rough, Living Poor was recently […]
Three years after the federal government promised a five-year extension of key national housing investments, a new short-term housing framework agreement has been announced with the provinces and territories. There’s no new money in today’s announcement, and the new agreement mirrors the flawed 2001 federal / provincial / territorial affordable housing framework agreement. But the […]
Progressive community advocates, researchers and policy analysts argue that comprehensive community development interventions are a crucial component of the policy and social change needed to address deep-seated problems such as health inequities. But how do we know what works?