health care

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
April 18, 2017
Categories: Topics

Access to health care is a human right. In Canada, we enjoy a system of universal health insurance and yet, many Canadians are left without services other Canadians can access with relative ease. For individuals experiencing homelessness, the ability to maintain one's health can be compromised by the impact of deteriorating health and obstacles, which often prevent them from getting the critical help they need.

Health & Poverty

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Homeless Hub
March 17, 2017
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Palliative care is composed of services provided to those at the end of their lives, either from old age or serious illnesses. Palliative care services can be provided in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, hospices, at home and to a certain extent at drop-in centres or on the streets.

The goal of palliative care is to ease the end-of-life transition,...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 22, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

As Canada’s aging population and rates of chronic and terminal illnesses rise, palliative and end-of-life care services will be more and more in demand.

Palliative care helps people live the best lives they can while facing life-threatening illness. It focuses on relieving pain, easing confusion, and considers the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their families. As Dr. Dosani pointed out in...

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
May 25, 2015
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Community-based mental health care encompasses a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet local needs. These programs are delivered primarily by community agencies and sometimes through hospitals or health clinics. The majority of programs provided by community-based agencies are designed to serve the most vulnerable and most severely mentally ill

Often, people that...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
April 27, 2015
Categories: Topics

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...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
February 20, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Do you have any estimate of immunization rates among people living on the street or in shelters? That's such a good place to communicate disease among already weakened people.

In short, there is no one single estimate. The literature on this subject finds those who are homeless are less likely to be immunized against a variety of diseases,...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
February 02, 2015
Categories: Topics

Media Folder: Media RootIn Canada, public mental health care consists of three types of care. Primary mental health care (first-line services) includes simple diagnostic procedures, basic treatment, and referral to more specialized services as needed. Secondary care is more specialized care that provides more extensive and complicated procedures and treatment; it may be...
York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 20, 2014

Despite the advances in treatment and awareness surrounding mental health issues in recent years, mental illness still carries an enormous amount of stigma. The infographic below, published by Homeless Link UK, provides some details about the complex relationship that exists between mental health and homelessness.

Individuals with mental health issues are more likely to be homeless, as mental illness has a...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
July 02, 2014

When thinking about health, some of the first aspects that come to mind are access to healthcare and the availability of medical supplies. These are in fact, just two of several social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are defined as “socio-economic conditions that shape the health of individuals, communities,...

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