TSPN Just the Facts: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, and Health

  • Mikaela Gabriel, a PhD Candidate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute in Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Supervised by Dr. Suzanne Stewart, she explores how Traditional Knowledge and Elder connections can support Indigenous Peoples’ mental health across life transitions, specifically for homeless and street-involved individuals.
  • Dr. Stephen Hwang is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Chair in Homelessness, Housing, and Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, and the Director of the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Hwang’s research program focuses on interventions to improve the health of people who are homeless and to interrupt chronic homelessness itself.
  • Dr. Andrew Boozary is a primary care physician and Executive Director, Population Health and Social Medicine at the University Health Network and Assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto; Adjunct faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute.
  • On average, homeless men in Toronto live 20 years less than the overall population (Toronto Public Health)
  • People experiencing homelessness are 20X more likely to have epilepsy, 5X more likely to have heart disease, and 4X more likely to have cancer than the overall population (The Street Health Report, 2007).

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