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Homelessness & Health in Canada
Edited by Manal Guirguis-Younger, Stephen W. Hwang and Ryan McNeil
Homelessness & Health in Canada explores, for the first time, the social, structural, and environmental factors that shape the health of homeless persons in Canada. Covering a wide range of topics from youth homelessness to end-of-life care, the authors strive to outline policy and practice recommendations to respond to the ongoing public health crisis.
This book is divided into three distinct but complimentary sections. In the first section, contributors explore how homelessness affects the health of particular homeless populations, focusing on the experiences of homeless youth, immigrants, refugees and people of Aboriginal ancestry. In the second section, contributors investigate how housing and public health policy as well as programmatic responses can address various health challenges, including severe mental illness and HIV/AIDS. In the final section, contributors highlight innovative Canadian interventions that have shown great promise in the field. Together, they form a comprehensive survey of an all too important topic and serve as a blueprint for action.
Manal Guirguis-Younger is Full Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University. Her research focuses on homelessness, palliative care, and alternative models of health service delivery to vulnerable populations.
Ryan McNeil is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. His research explores factors that shape health risks and access among homeless and drug-using populations.
Dr. Stephen Hwang is the Research Chair in Homelessness, Housing and Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research aims to advance understandings of housing as a social determinant of health.