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Community-Based Participatory Research Using Arts: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support

CUHI Spotlight on Urban Health Seminar Series

Dr. Izumi Sakamoto
Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support is a community-based research project by the University of Toronto, Regent Park Community Health Centre, and Sistering-A Woman's Place, which explored how women and transwomen build support networks with each other when housing is the issue. With the help of the advisory board consisting of women/transwomen who experienced homelessness, women/transwomen at four drop-in centres created scenes depicting their own visions of inclusion, friendship and safe space through painting, theatre and photography ("staged photography").  Various methods have been used to disseminate the study findings and the evaluation of the project is under way.  The challenges and rewards of conducting university-community collaborative research will be discussed.

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