This study is part of the MAP/St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation COVID-19 Catalyst Fund, launched to advance our most urgent priority projects. Learn more
- Interview with Jonathan John, Manager of Peer Support Leaders at COVID-19 Recovery/Isolation Sites, and a MARCO Community Partner
- Interview with Lisa Schlosser, a MARCO Investigator
Building a better health and social system for marginalized populations, during COVID-19 and beyond.
Efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic affect everyone, but they place a particularly heavy burden on people who are marginalized — including those experiencing homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and addiction.
Thousands will require new kinds of programs and services to protect their health and maintain essential support systems. It’s crucial that these programs are based on sound, community-based research.
This collaborative, mixed-methods, community-engaged study will examine the myriad negative effects of physical distancing policies on marginalized populations in Toronto, and will develop immediate, effective, on-the-ground solutions. This effort builds upon MAP’s extensive, established community partnerships across Toronto.
- To describe how the current and evolving public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic changes health risks for people who are marginalized, including unintended increase in risks.
- To characterize barriers to accessing health and social care during the COVID-19 public health crisis that are specific to sub-populations experiencing marginalization.
- To develop and implement solutions to mitigate risks and enhance access to health and social services for people who are marginalized.
- To rapidly evaluate emerging approaches for revision, adaptation, and scale-up.
Our evidence and solutions will help the health and social service system respond quickly to better protect and support marginalized populations, and to prioritize investments by highest need and highest potential to make change.