Webinar recording: Health, homelessness and COVID-19

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 , the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest hosted a webinar on Health, homelessness and COVID-19.  

This webinar is for public health professionals, mental health and addictions stakeholders, and the health and housing sectors. The webinar looked at:

  • the common health issues faced by people who are homeless and the challenges associated with not having a primary care physician
  • the recent Canadian Medical Association guidelines for physicians and health care workers working with people experiencing homelessness
  • an examples from the City of Windsor's partnerships between the health and housing sectors, including public health's efforts to get everyone in shelters tested for COVID-19.


  • Dr. Stephen Hwang, Director, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
  • Dr. Kevin Pottie, Clinician Scientist, C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Bruyère Research Institute
  • Jennifer Tanner, Manager of Homelessness and Housing Support, City of Windsor
  • Kelly Goz, Acting Manager of Homelessness and Housing Support, Housing & Children’s Services Department, City of Windsor 


Watch the recording here (presentations start at 15:06, password: OHFRNCoI1) and view the slides here.

Resources from the webinar


This webinar is presented the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-COI). The OHFRN-CoI is intended to assist communities across Ontario to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First programs based on the Pathways model, which was tested, adapted, and shown to be effective in the At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project. This CoI is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), which is part of the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 

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