Social distancing challenges faced by immigrants and refugees living in apartment buildings: Focusing on effective strategies

The goals of this study are to understand the challenges faced by immigrants and refugees living in apartments in Toronto in light of the social-distancing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also aims to generate strategies to help support these groups of immigrants and refugees to maintain social-distancing and mitigate the acquisition of the virus.

Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants (ICOI): Developing multi-level, multi-component interventions to reduce social isolation and promote connectedness among older immigrants in Canada

Our Inclusive Communities for Older Immigrants (ICOI) partnership will engage in a 7-year multidisciplinary, multi-sector, multi-province project that will build sustainable connections to generate knowledge about social isolation and connectedness among older immigrants, support multidirectional knowledge exchange, and improve older immigrants' lives. 

Co-creating innovative strategies to address the wellbeing of older persons and their healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic

It is critical to understand how best to support older persons and their care during the pandemic in a variety of care settings. It is also important to understand how to support the health and wellbeing of healthcare providers who are caring for older persons during this crisis. ​ The purpose of this study is to understand, how best to support relational care of older people in pandemic times across a variety of care settings. 

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Developing a comprehensive understanding of elder abuse prevention in immigrant communities

Through conducting structured group interviews with older women and men who have experienced abuse, family members, and formal and informal leaders from immigrant communities, and social and settlement service providers in the Greater Toronto Area this project will: first, develop a comprehensive classification of risk factors for elder abuse in immigrant communities and, second, identify the most appropriate and culturally relevant strategies to address the risk factors in immigrant communities in Canada.

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Aging Well: Partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

This multidisciplinary, cross-sector project seeks to clarify older immigrants' social needs, networks and support, and how these shape their capacity, resilience, and independence in aging well in Ontario. To do this, we will strengthen and leverage the research team's existing collaborations and build new partnerships among academics and community agencies serving older immigrant adults across Ontario.

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Strength In Unity

A project funded by Movember, Strength in Unity is the first comprehensive anti-stigma intervention project among Asian communities in Canada.  We mobilize Asian youth and men from Asian communities in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to become Community Mental Health Ambassadors (CMAs) and to address the stigma of mental illness in their communities. 


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Promoting Health of Syrian Newcomer Women in Ontario

This project will allow for improved access to informational and social support to Syrian refugee women in Ontario. We will work with stakeholders to disseminate results widely within the Syrian community in Ontario and the health, social, and settlement sectors in the province.

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Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Sri Lanka

Through a Canada-Sri Lanka research partnership, the project will identify gaps in knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as best practices to address IPV in healthcare delivery in Sri Lanka. The project will help raise awareness about IPV among healthcare, community, and policy stakeholders, and develop a strong IPV prevention and treatment network.

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Creating a User-Centric Toolkit for Service Providers to Address Elder Abuse in Immigrant Communities in Ontario

This project will address elder abuse among immigrants in Ontario, building on our team’s strong partnerships and extensive work in the area of immigrant wellbeing. We have two primary aims. First, we will identify key risk factors for elder abuse at the micro (individual and family), meso (community), and macro (societal) levels, and the culturally acceptable strategies to address them, among Arabic speaking communities in Ontario.

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