From Neighbourhood to Community: Health and Social Supports North of the Danforth

The Wellesley Institute supported South Riverdale Community Health Centre, the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) based out of WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women to paint a portrait and deliver solid analysis of the social struggle and shortcomings in the area coined …

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The Wellesley Urban Health Model Flip Sheet

To address the challenge of communicating the interconnected and complex relationships between the social determinants of health, the Wellesley Institute, in partnership with Lupina Foundation, has adopted a systems thinking approach. We developed a simulation model for the City of Toronto using System Dynamics modeling …

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Reducing Health Inequities: Enablers To Inter-Sectoral Collaboration

Addressing systemic health disparities and their underlying social determinants are complex and challenging social and policy problems. One increasingly important direction that addresses the dynamic and inter-dependent nature of the social determinants of health, says author Audrey Danaher, has been through collaboration across different policy …

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Ryan Meili uses powerful storytelling to bring SDoH to the policy table

  Ryan Meili uses powerful personal stories to argue that we must better address the social determinants of health (SDOH)on the political agenda for a truly healthy society. Yesterday, the Wellesley Institute hosted Meili in a casual forum to discuss what kind of policy changes …

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Stop ‘revolving door’ of incarceration and homelessness: new study calls for investment in transitional housing

Today in Ontario, people with past criminal justice involvement, who are homeless, must navigate the social services system on their own, often accessing services and programs without any defined plan. Last year, 70,903 prisoners were released from Ontario’s provincial correctional institutions, a number that will likely …

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A Collaborative Model Of Service Delivery For Adults With Disabilities Flip Sheet

The Listening to Learn project was a community-based research project that engaged adults with physical disabilities in Burlington, Ontario in a meaningful conversation about their experiences related to housing, services, and overall quality of life. The project involved four qualitative methods of gathering data: interviews, …

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Prince Charles hears from community, business leaders at Royal Report-Back session in Toronto

When His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, visited UforChange and Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto on May 22, it was part of a large and interesting initiative called Prince’s Seeing is Believing that brings together high-performing community organizations and senior business executives. Veteran Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar provides …

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Federal investments in housing are urgently needed in Canada

Canada urgently needs a comprehensive and fully-funded national housing plan – that’s the key message that the Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, delivered at a community housing forum on May 24, 2012, hosted by Matthew Kellway, Member of Parliament. Federal investments …

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Welcome, Prince Charles! Wellesley Institute’s Rick Blickstead and Michael Shapcott join HRH at UforChange, YSM

The Wellesley Institute was delighted, and honoured, to join in welcoming His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Toronto on May 22. Rick Blickstead, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, facilitated the Royal Report-Back session with Prince Charles at Yonge Street Mission, that included youth from …

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