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Coping in Silence: COVID’s Impact on Marginalized Communities

Please join us for the York Circle lecture series, with host and moderator Jennifer Steeves, associate vice-president research (AVPR), as some of York’s leading faculty members present on a wide variety of interesting topics related to this year’s theme – The Pandemic: COVID’s impact on Canada’s health care system. In part two, the following speakers will be featured:
Resilience in the face of crisis—again: Sources of support and strength during COVID among Canadians with a recent history of forced displacement
Michaela Hynie, Interim Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies, Professor at the Faculty of Health, Department of Psychology 

Forcibly displaced people may be more affected by COVID than others, even when they have resettled in a new country. Dr. Hynie conducts research on communities experiencing social conflict, social exclusion, or forced displacement and migration and their access to healthcare. She will discuss the work she has done with recent newcomers to Canada and what we can learn about social policies and social networks and the impact on their well-bring during a crisis in the face of limited resources and displacement
“The Shadow Pandemic”: Gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nazilla Khanlou, Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health 

Globally, violence against women has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic - UN Women has referred to this as the “Shadow Pandemic.” Dr. Khanlou’s research is based on mental health promotion among youth and women in multicultural and immigrant-receiving settings. She will draw from a project she led on the mental health impacts of gender-based violence on racialized women during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on implications for policy and practice, such as considering gender-based violence as a public health issue.Trigger warning: Some audience members may find certain aspects of the presentation on gender-based violence upsetting. This information is provided to describe the importance of the issue and its impact
Coping and Resilience During the Pandemic for Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Jonathan Weiss, Professor in the Faculty of Health, Department of Psychology 

Families of children with autism and other developmental disabilities faced unique challenges during the pandemic. Dr.Weiss’s research focuses on mental health in people with autism or intellectual disabilities, and their families, across the lifespan. His talk will examine the increased demand placed on caregivers and families of children with developmental disabilities as a result of COVID-19. He will explain the disproportionate negative mental health impacts these families face and the current lack of resources that are available to address their mental health needs.
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Sunday, January 29, 2023


10:00 am

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sunday, January 29, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 am


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