There is a body of research that indicates green space provides those living in urban spaces with access to the natural environment and its related benefits. The aim of this scoping review of reviews is to examine the evidence that exists about green space and mental health and provide a comprehensive scan of the vast amount […]
Green space is one component of the built environment but it is one that is essential for our mental health and well-being Studies have shown that green spaces may reduce stress and promote relaxation thereby contributing to improved mental health. This paper explores whether neighbourhood income (an ecological-level factor) moderates the relationship between green space […]
Most people, if you speak with them, get the basic concept of the social determinants of health. However, it is unclear if people recognize the essential role they play in improving health. Health equity in Canada requires broad public support and therefore a better understanding of the social determinants of health among the public. The […]
In Ontario, there is great concern about chronic homelessness and renewed attention to supportive housing for those living with mental illness or addictions. This in-depth report takes a broader look at supportive housing for these populations. We ask, what exists today and how did it come to be? What different approaches exist? What ideas and […]
The place where we grow up, spend our lives, and grow older deeply affects our health and our opportunities in life. A national housing strategy is a route to better living conditions and improved health outcomes for all Canadians. A wave of recent research has documented the essential role of housing in health, and in […]
The purpose of this scoping review is to identify interventions that have improved aspects of refugee social capital resulting in improved health in other cities. Implementing these kinds of interventions locally has promise for improved health and health equity for refugee populations here at home in the GTA.
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Expo 2025 presents Toronto with an opportunity to move forward initiatives that leverage the City’s diverse population and neighbourhoods and drive the City forward socially and economically. In addition to leaving a site ready for further development, Expo 2025 could deliver more affordable housing, a stronger transportation network, and more green space as part of […]
This systematic review of peer-reviewed literature focuses on identifying which home-based indoor air quality interventions have shown to reduce asthma morbidity among low-income children.
Asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, with approximately 13 percent of children in Ontario diagnosed with the condition. Childhood asthma is associated with higher rates of disability, school absences, and poor academic performance. The household environment is a key determinant of health for those living with asthma. This paper describes how current multi-trigger, multicomponent […]
About Wellesley Institute Student Essay Contest Each year Wellesley Institute hosts an essay contest for undergraduate students. Entrants are asked to write about health and health equity in the Greater Toronto Area. One prize is awarded to an individual on behalf of a departing Board of Director’s chair. The prize is presented at the Wellesley […]