The complex connections between homelessness and health inequities in BC

The homelessness crisis is clearly evident in communities across BC today. Many people experiencing homelessness are disproportionately affected by such risk factors as the affordable housing crisis, mental health issues, and substance use disorders, which continue to put them in precarious situations.

This much-needed discussion on the homelessness crisis in BC brings together diverse voices, including researchers and community advocates, to discuss the intersectionality of homelessness and health inequities, and share what we all can do to help. The featured speakers joined us from across the province, and spoke individually about their areas of expertise and involvement in their communities, before coming together to answer questions from the audience.

Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine

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Dr. John Graham (Kelowna) – Professor and Director, School of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Development at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus


Mary Chudley (Victoria) – Director, Health & Support Services, Victoria Cool Aid Society
Dr. Sarah de Leeuw (Prince George) – Professor and Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities with the Northern Medical Program, UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Lexi Fisher, MSW’20 (Vancouver) – Social Worker, Kilala Lelum Health Centre/Clinician, Restorative Counseling
Dr. Silvina Mema (Kelowna) – Medical Health Officer, Interior Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health
Dr. Anita Palepu (Vancouver) – Professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair, Head, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Head, Department of Medicine, Providence Health Care

In this webinar, we refer to and discuss social determinants of health. Learn more about this by visiting the Government of Canada website.

Recorded January 26, 2021.

Resources shared during the webinar

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, by Bob Joseph
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, by Alicia Elliott
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
DTES SRO Collaborative
From the Ashes, by Jesse Thistle
Foundations for Social Change, New Leaf Project
Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit, by Jo-Ann Archibald
In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care
Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative
Kilala Lelum
Mental Health Commission of Canada, National At Home Final Report
Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson
The Accident of Being Lost, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The Homeless Hub
Victoria Cool Aid Society
Where It Hurts, by Sarah de Leeuw
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: Recovery for All
Fred Victor: Homeless in Canada: Important Facts About Homelessness You Need to Know