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Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion


February 2, 2022, 12 – 1 pm

Join the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest for a webinar presented by Cheryl Forchuk and Rick Csiernik about their latest book, Poverty, Mental Health, and Social Inclusion.

This book examines the connections between poverty, mental illness, and social exclusion in Canada. Social inclusion is difficult to achieve for people who both have mental health disorders and live in poverty. The research in the book includes input from people with lived experience and over 35 community partners. The hope is to add to the groundswell of community-based initiatives that are working to counteract poverty and promote social inclusion.

This webinar will discuss:

  • describe connections between poverty, mental health, and social exclusion
  • address intersectionality with other experiences of marginalization
  • provide an overview of the research contained in the book
  • describe potential mitigation strategies that governments, organizations, and practitioners can adopt to promote social inclusion


About the presenters 

Dr. Cheryl Forchuk is the Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery; a Distinguished University Professor at Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University); and Scientist and Assistant Director at Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Forchuk’s research interests lie in the area of mental health, in particular the development and testing of supportive models of care. Dr. Forchuk’s research explores therapeutic relationships, and explores systems issues related to mental health care including implementation of the transitional discharge model, housing/homelessness issues, poverty, community integration and the use of technology in mental health.

Dr. Rick Csiernik (he/him/his), Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College is a White settler currently living on Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory. Rick has written 10 books, edited nine, contributed to over 200 peer reviewed publications, made over 250 public presentations and been part of research teams receiving $4.6 million in funding during his career. Rick, who has been a social worker for nearly four decades, has been recipient of both the King's University College and McMaster University Continuing Education Teacher of the Year awards as well as the Hugh Mellon Excellence in Research Award, Ontario Volunteer Award, and Jeff Wilbee Award for leadership in the field of addiction.


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