Health Equity and Vulnerable Populations

This research area will focus on identifying and mitigating disproportionate impacts on populations vulnerable to COVID-19. Vulnerable populations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic include those with specific needs and accommodations before/during/after.

Key Challenge Questions:

  1. What are the specific, quantifiable impacts of COVID-19 on populations vulnerable to COVID-19?

    1. What are the specific impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations?

    2. What are the non-COVID-19 impacts of COVID-19 for these populations (e.g., social determinants, broader health outcomes)?

    3. How has COVID-19 impacted access to care and treatment for conditions such as HIV or hepatitis C for vulnerable populations?

  2. How can we best mitigate disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and promote health equity?
Please consider: All analyses should include consideration of population sub-groups, for example: sex, gender, and sexual orientation; people with high risk clinical characteristics; people with physical and/or mental health disabilities; Indigenous peoples and communities; immigrants and refugees; ethno-racial communities; Francophone communities; linguistic communities; religious/faith communities; homeless people; people living on a low income; people receiving social assistance; people using drugs; and people living in rural/remote or inner urban areas. 

Date modified: 2021-11-30