Health researchers working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians

  • Dr. Brenda D. Elias (University of Manitoba) and her team are studying health indicators of First Nations peoples. Their work may lead to the development of a comprehensive national First Nations health report card.
  • Drs. Paula A. Rochon (Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto) and Geoffrey M. Anderson (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto) and their team are studying how ethnicity influences health and well-being among older adults.
  • Drs. Danielle Julien and William Ryan (Universit du Qubec Montral) and their team are examining how social conditions, discrimination and homophobia influence the physical and mental health of sexual minorities.
  • Differences in health status result from a range of social, cultural and economic determinants and their interactions. Specific groups of people suffer a burden of illness and distress greater than other residents of Canada. For this reason, they can be characterized as "vulnerable populations". The poor, the homeless, Aboriginal peoples, immigrants, refugees, the disabled, people with stigmatizing conditions, the elderly, children and youth in disadvantaged circumstances, people with poor literacy skills, and women in precarious circumstances are all vulnerable populations.

    "Canadians and the Canadian health care system will benefit greatly from this innovative and important research," said Dr. Miriam Stewart, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) and CIHR lead for the national reducing health disparities initiative. "These research teams will deepen our understanding of the factors that lead to the extensive health inequalities that persist in Canada and in other countries. This research evidence will inform programs, practice and policy at local, provincial and national levels and lead to the development of more effective interventions for many affected populations".

    CIHR launched the Reducing Health Dispari

    Contact: Marie-France Poirier
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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