The intersection between housing policy and health policy will be addressed at a CHEPA seminar on Weds Nov. 17 by Jim Dunn, Director of the McMaster Institute for Health Equity and the Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity.
The seminar will be held virtually from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. For a link to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunn is a professor and department chair (on leave) of McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging & Society. His seminar is entitled Housing Policy and Health Policy: Intersections and Imperatives.
He says there is a great deal of concern about the aging of the population and what it will mean for health services, long-term care facility capacity, etc. and at the same time frequent discussions about supporting ‘aging-in-place’ and ‘age-friendly cities’, etc.
However, relatively little in these discussions considers the importance of charting strategic future directions for housing, transportation, and home-based supports.
He notes that in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the number of people over the age of 80 will grow by 700,000 people by 2041, so the need to better coordinate housing and institutional care is urgent.
Dunn will discuss some important ways to frame the issues and some future applied research directions.