Séminaire scientifique organisé par l'Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal – IRSPUM
Toronto’s Regent Park is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public housing developments. Since 2005, it has been undergoing a complete demolition and redevelopment into a much denser, mixed income community. Many have claimed that the revitalization will improve the well-being of subsidized housing residents, and we have been studying the impact on these residents for the past several years. This seminar will describe the main components of the study, highlighting key principles of population health intervention research and realist evaluation through the example of investigating the health and social impacts of the Regent Park redevelopment. Overall, results show almost no evidence of harm, and small improvements in some health indicators, but much more substantial improvements in housing satisfaction, neighbourhood satisfaction and perceptions of safety from crime.
James R. Dunn, Ph.D. (Jim) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and holds adjunct appointments at the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning) and the University of Waterloo (Planning). From 2008–2015 he held a Chair in Applied Public Health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada and in 2011-12 he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University. He has published widely in geography, public health, urban planning and epidemiology journals over his career, and co-edited Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change with Patricia O’Campo in 2012. Since 2011, he has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, and also sits on the Editorial Board of Housing, Theory & Society.
His current research program focuses on the social determinants of health and the influence of economic and social policies, especially urban policies, on inequalities in health and child development, concentrating on urban housing and neighbourhoods. Specifically, his work includes projects on the health and social impacts of public housing redevelopment, the impact of neighbourhood redevelopment initiatives on health and child development, and the development of cross-sectoral (between public health and urban planning) policy implementation solutions for urban health problems.
Directrice, IRSPUM, professeure titulaire à l'École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal