Pandemic hits youth experiencing homelessness hard

Dr. Naomi Thulien has just received a knowledge synthesis grant from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. The application was ranked 2nd in the competition. The project is titled Pandemic-Proof: Synthesizing Real-World Knowledge of Promising Mental Health and Substance Use Practices for Young People Who Are Experiencing or Have Experienced Homelessness.

“This pandemic is negatively affecting the young people we serve,” she says. “Despite this, we are hearing from our colleagues on the front lines that some are trying really innovative things to connect with young people who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. In fact, we believe that some of these ideas may be really forward thinking and should continue after the pandemic is over. With this grant, we plan to study this work and share this information quickly with folks on the front lines and in government in a way that is easy to understand and helps them make informed decisions.”

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