Current projects

CentrÉS: Revitalisation urbaine et santé chez les jeunes Sherbrookois

In the wake of urban revitalization projects in Sherbrooke, particularly downtown, the main objective of the CENTRe-ville Équitable et en Santé (CentrÉS) study is to better understand how the physical and social environment of Sherbrooke neighbourhoods  influences the sense of neighbourhood belonging, social connections and well-being among young adults. The project also aims to determine whether these associations differ between social groups.

Neighbourhood environment and social inequalities in health among young people: better understanding mechanisms of action

We analyze data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to (1) describe social inequalities in health in different health behaviours and outcomes (e.g., heavy drinking) among young adults; (2) assess the contribution of the neighbourhood environment  to these social inequalities in health; and (3) explore the mechanisms by which inequalities in the neighbourhood environment contribute to social inequalities in health. "Go-along"and photo-elicited interviews will complement the statistical analyses.

Community resilience in the face of COVID-19

We are carrying out a study in partnership with the Observatoire Estrien du  développement des Communautés (OEDC) to analyze the COVID-19 response among the 9 regions of the Eastern Townships, highlight community resilience factors and establish best practices to better anticipate and respond to future social, economic and health crises.

Evaluation of the Exit Doors Here program

We are conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Exit Doors Here, a program which aims to help women exit the sex work industry through capacity building and action on the social determinants of health such as housing, employment and access to health care. This study is being conducted in partnership with Elizabeth Fry Toronto and the MAP Center for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.