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Dr. Gillian Booth elected as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

From the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Dr. Gillian Booth has been elected as a Fellow this year with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). With this list of individuals, CAHS is proud to recognize excellence in health sciences and these new Fellows reflect a rich and varied expertise.

Dr. Booth is a practicing endocrinologist and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Policy Solutions for Diabetes Prevention and Management. She investigates the socioeconomic, environmental and health-care factors behind Canada’s diabetes epidemic.

Election to Fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences irrespective of the Fellow’s specific discipline.

“Becoming a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes Fellows’ dedication to health sciences,” says Dr. Chris Simpson, President, CAHS. “We are proud of their accomplishments and we are honoured to welcome them to the Canadian Academy of Heath Sciences.”

Researcher says Halifax modular units require social supports for residents

From the Global News Article:

“From a public health perspective, and from a health care perspective, and from a well-being, and caring about humans perspective — there are no benefits to what has happened, there are only downsides,” Jesse Jenkinson said, a public health researcher with the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in Toronto.

Jenkinson’s research focuses on the widening gaps in health and social services for people who experience houselessness.

She says the increasing number of forcible, police-led evictions of people sleeping rough in encampments across Canada highlights the need for governments to start investing in supportive housing.

“What we really need to do is just create spaces that people can move into. Encampments exist because there’s nowhere else for people to go,” she said.

Jenkinson says residents who move into social housing settings, like modular units, need a wide range of social supports in order to help them stabilize their lives.

 “Case manager supports, harm reduction supports, mental health supports, these are all really necessary social services to help keep people housed and keep their well-being supported. Without these supports, people can fall back into homelessness,” she said.