This is a pilot study to gain a snapshot of the general, self-reported health status of homeless and at-risk people in York Region, as well as their health behaviour and access to health care resources. For example, this study will investigate the patterns of accessing primary health care (health care seeking behavior and ability to access care), barriers to achieving or maintaining optimal health, as well as prevention practice (flu shots, TB, etc). This will be investigated through collecting and analyzing data based on personal interviews (adopted from the 2006 Street Health Survey).
The York Region Alliance to End Homelessness (Alliance) approached YIHR about the potential partnership on this project. YIHR will assist with the process of undergoing an ethics review, reviewing and finalizing the data collection tool, data analysis, and reviewing and finalizing a report on the findings.