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New research aims to better track and understand homelessness in Canada to improve service delivery
Photo credit: Justin Langille

At a virtual event, a research team led by Lawson Health Research Institute announced details of a new project aimed at better understanding how many people in Canada are homeless and who they are. Developing more accurate sources of data related to homelessness helps ensure the proper supports and services are available.   

“The homeless experience varies significantly across Canada, especially within different rural and remote regions of the country,” says Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, Assistant Scientific Director at Lawson and Distinguished University Professor at Western University. 

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The unique and challenging experiences faced by Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans puts this group at high risk for developing symptoms of mental health disorders, such as Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

Child using an age-appropriate valved spacer device with an asthma inhaler

New findings from Ontario have shown that children born in Sarnia have a higher risk of developing asthma compared to neighbouring cities.  

A research team from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, using provincial data from ICES, found that higher air pollution exposure in the first year of life very likely contributed to this higher risk.