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April 25 - Social Isolation and the Built Environment - Can Housing Form Play a Role?

Amy Lubik, who works at Fraser Health Authority as a Healthy Policy Analyst and Researcher, presented her work on housing form and social isolation. 

Social Isolation and the Built Environment - Can Housing Form Play a Role?

Social isolation is an increasingly important issue in Canada which has been associated with negative health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline among those with dementia. In this webinar we will briefly explore the state of knowledge around built environment and what is being done regarding social isolation. We will focus on exploring how housing forms, such as co-ops and cohousing, may play a role in fighting social isolation, as well as what public health and municipalities can do to promote them.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are your experiences with co-ops and cohousing, either personal or professional?
  2. How do you think public health could promote co-ops/cohousing (if you agree they should)? What are the avenues?
  3. What are the implications for the general community?
  4. Are there any potential environmental and or equity impacts?

Amy's work was published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, which can be found here http://bit.ly/2VbuuDG. 

Webinar Recording