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The Health and Housing in Transition Research Study

Supervisor: Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, University of British Columbia

Description of Study: The paucity of longitudinal research in Canada restricts our understanding of the course of homelessness, the factors that help individuals escape homelessness, and the effectiveness of services and supports to address homelessness. Identification of these factors holds significant promise as a source of information to guide the creation of effective social and health programs and policies. The HHiT study will address these gaps.

The main objectives of this study are:

 •  To determine (a) the rate at which homeless individuals achieve residential stability and (b) the rate at which vulnerably housed individuals become homeless over a two-year follow-up period.

•  To identify the risk factors and individual, interpersonal, and community-level resources that are associated with (a) the attainment of stable housing among homeless individuals, and (b) the onset of homelessness among vulnerably housed individuals.

•  To determine whether changes in housing status are associated with subsequent changes in physical and mental health, utilization of health care services, alcohol and drug use, and social supports.

Eligible trainees: Trainees from all health disciplines with an interest in the intersection of health and housing can get involved in a sub-analysis of the dataset from this project. Trainees will be mentored to develop a research question that can be answered from the existing data and gain experience in quantitative data analysis and interpretation through the lens of social determinants of health. There will also be opportunities for other knowledge translation activities such as creating community fact sheets

How to apply: please contact Dr. Anita Palepu,, phone 604-682-2344, local 63194