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Pandemic housing policy: Examining the relationship among eviction, housing instability, health inequity, and COVID-19 transmission

This journal article from Benfer et al. considers how housing displacement exacerbates COVID-19 infection rate and death, including a discussion on eviction, transiency, overcrowding, chronic conditions, and the perpetuation of health inequities among Black and Latinx people, proposing housing stabilization measures as critical components to a comprehensive COVID-19 strategy.

Trans people and COVID-19

This blog post from the National Center for Transgender Equality briefly outlines the particular risks for COVID-19 for transgender people, including stigma and discrimination, reluctancy to get help, access to health care barriers and existing health conditions.

Protecting and supporting vulnerable groups through the Covid-19 crisis

This report from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development summarizes responses from a survey of academics and practitioners on vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19. It also examines policy responses currently in place and the gendered dimensions of policies to encourage policy responses that are more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups.

Supporting refugees in Canada through COVID-19 and beyond

This webinar from the Canadian Public Health Association explores the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and refugees in Canada. It highlights risk factors such as poverty, language barriers, fear of deportation, poor health literacy, racism/discrimination, occupational exposures and poor housing conditions.

Impact of COVID-19: Black Canadian perspectives

This report from the African-Canadian Civic Engagement Council and Innovative Research Group presents the results of a research study exploring perceptions of Black Canadians about the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, demonstrating poorer health outcomes, greater occupational exposure and greater financial impact of COVID-19 for Black Canadians.

COVID-19 in immigrants, refugees and other newcomers in Ontario: Characteristics of those tested and those confirmed positive, as of June 13, 2020

This report from ICES (formerly the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) examines COVID-19 testing rates and test positivity for immigrants and refugees in Ontario up to June 13, 2020. Their results demonstrate a higher impact on those living in lower-income areas with high proportions of both immigrants and racialized populations. 

Social participation: Synergies in systems strengthening & emergency response

This webinar from the World Health Organization focuses on the importance of social participation and investing in mechanisms to dialogue with people and communities in relation to COVID-19. More specifically, it explores these topics as they relate to strengthening emergency responses.

The Impact of COVID on Immigrant and Racialized Communities in Montreal

This webinar from McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy reports on challenges faced by immigrant and racialized communities in Montreal during COVID-19, including awareness and application of health guidelines, access to health services, psychosocial needs, economic challenges, employment, family well-being and community initiatives. 

"More exposed and less protected" in Canada: Systematic racism and COVID-19

This report from Western University’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children highlights how systemic bias makes Black, Indigenous and people or colour (BIPOC) more vulnerable to COVID-19. It focuses on the areas of healthcare, labour/housing and community support and includes recommendations to address these disparities.

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