Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
SDG 3 aspires to achieve universal health coverage and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all. Through research and advocacy, EUC faculty and graduate students have supported initiatives in human health and well-being, and have examined the impacts of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Impact of COVID-19 on urban planning
Roger Keil and his collaborators study global urbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious diseases, and regional government. Their focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to urban planning has allowed policymakers to refocus their ideas and actions to reflect current realities. Keil’s work highlights the racial and social inequities that COVID-19 has exposed, resulting in vulnerable people's isolation as a result of stay-at-home measures, food insecurity and housing instability.
Moving beyond technical solutions: Studying energy from a social science perspective
A person’s health and well-being are impacted by their access to energy services. Lina Brand Correa’s research examines how shortcomings in energy services can be caused by a variety of socio-technical, institutional and environmental factors, such as unreliable or poor quality infrastructure, gendered differences in energy access and use, high energy prices, social isolation, and stressors caused by intensifying climatic changes.
Adolescent girls’ well-being during the pandemic
Leah Coppella’s MA research focused on initiatives to promote teenage sexual health. The project developed strategies for youth to learn how to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships to prevent gender-based violence. The research investigates how girls attend to their sexual relationships and wellbeing, as well as the complex work involved in maintaining it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When HIV and COVID-19 pandemics collide in Black communities in Canada
Maureen Owino’s graduate research examines the impacts of existing and emerging social and public health policies on Black people’s health and well-being in Canada. Her work examines how the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics reveal discrepancies in health outcomes for vulnerable communities who are also subjected to racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty.
Engaging community stakeholder groups in health research
For more than a decade, Sarah Flicker has been engaged with various community stakeholder groups and allied practitioners in health equity research. In line with her combined roles as York Research Chair (Tier2) in Community-Based Participatory Research and Environmental Arts and Justice Coordinator, Flicker actively extends her capacity-bridging approach with urban and rural racialized youth and women in conducting ethical community-based health research. With PhD alumna Sarah Switzer, they used a case study approach and photovoice to explore how stakeholders understood engagement within and across three HIV community-based organizations in Toronto, Canada.
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