Responding to H1N1 in the Context of Homelessness in Canada

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CIHR Pandemic Preparedness Grant

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$100,000

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This project addresses the key responses to the H1N1 pandemic in the context of the homelessness crisis in Canada, and builds upon previous CIHR-funded research on pandemic planning and homelessness, by enabling an intensive case study of pandemic responses in six Canadian cities. A multi-site study is important because the local context not only shapes the nature of the homeless problem (and the response to it) but also has an impact on pandemic preparedness and response. The research will focus on: the impact of H1N1 on systems level responses (involving provincial and municipal governments, public health agencies and institutions that coordinate homelessness services); the pandemic preparedness of agencies that provide services to people who are homeless; and the experiences and perspectives of the users of such services.