Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
April 05, 2018

People experiencing homelessness are at an increased vulnerability of being exposed to and/or contracting various infectious diseases. This is because of difficulties related to their experiences of homelessness including: maintaining personal hygiene, obtaining adequate nutrition, staying in crowded and poorly ventilated...

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 31, 2018

A common misconception about people experiencing homelessness is their weight, or lack thereof. While many people experiencing homelessness are on the lower end of the body mass index (BMI) scale (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), a considerable amount of...

A Way Home Canada
July 19, 2017

Reproductive health deals with the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life. Although reproductive health is a universal concern, certain groups face inequalities when accessing healthcare. Socioeconomic status, education level, age, ethnicity and religion can all have an influence on how individuals maintain their reproductive health. As a result, people experiencing homelessness who are...

Homeless Hub
September 10, 2016
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If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or your local RCMP detachment. 911 and the RCMP can send immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and ...

Homeless Hub
July 27, 2016
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On July 28, the World Health Organization will mark World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of worldwide efforts towards the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030. With 400 million people living with hepatitis B or C worldwide, this year’s campaign theme in Canada is “Know your Status? Get Tested – Learn Your Options”.  While the...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
August 31, 2015
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Media Folder: Media RootProlonged homelessness impacts dental and oral health. Homeless people cannot easily access basic dental services due to a lack of money or insurance to cover the cost and the inability to make and meet appointments. As a result, they have unmet...
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
August 10, 2015
Tags: health
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The health of populations - individuals, their families and communities - is determined by the complex interaction of many factors - social, political, economic, legal, cultural, historical and biomedical. Of these determinants of health, income has long been recognized as one of the most important. People with higher incomes and higher socio-economic statuses tend to live longer, have lower rates...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
June 10, 2015

Poverty and poor health outcomes are inextricably linked. The below infographic, published by the Evidence Network, takes a look at the prevalence of poor social and economic conditions in Canada, and the impact that these conditions have on health.

The infographic, sourcing figures obtained from a Homeless Hub report...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
April 27, 2015
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While Canada has universal health care, there are still many barriers preventing homeless individuals and families from accessing health services. The lack of identification – particularly their health ID card – is often cited as the biggest barrier to obtaining health care for people experiencing homelessness. Another significant barrier is following up on prescriptions (due to lack of insurance benefits or inability...


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