Toronto Community Based Research Network

A social network for those interested and involved in CBR in and around Toronto

What is the Toronto CBR Network?

The Toronto Community-Based Research (CBR) Network brings together community practitioners, academics, funders and community members from across the GTA who are or have been involved in CBR projects.

The mission of the Toronto CBR Network is to increase and sustain the capacity of local health and social service organizations and academic partners in the GTA to conduct effective CBR leading to evidence-based action and policy change.

The Toronto CBR Network is a vehicle to facilitate networking, collaboration, learning and action.


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How – and how well – can Housing First work in Toronto?

At Home/Chez Soi was a four-year national randomized controlled trial of Housing First that took place in Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Housing First programs offer people experiencing homelessness and mental health problems access to quality independent housing and supports. Key elements of the program include:
- Housing as a first step. People are offered quality housing right away.
- Housing with no pre-conditions. Although treatment is offered, people do not have to accept psychiatric services or stop using substances to receive housing. They have to meet with a case manager once a week.
- Housing with off-site supports. People with moderate needs have access to intensive case management (ICM). People with higher needs have access to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)—a variety of supports including case management, psychiatry and primary care.
- Commitment to program participants. If people lose their housing, they are re-housed as many times as needed. Supports follow people wherever they end up living.

For more information see:

See the Mental Health Commission of Canada for results of the national trial.


Toronto Community Based Research Network is a social network



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Rainbow Health Ontario Breakthrough Projects!

Posted by Brenda Roche on January 22, 2015 at 9:05am


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Brenda Roche posted an event

Do Canadians have a right to good health? at 209 Victoria Street, Keenan Research Center, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8

February 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
What happens when the biggest barrier to health isn’t a lack of medicine or access to care but income?Meet three of Canada’s newest physician-activists who are challenging Canadians and their governments to think differently about how we build a healthy society.Featuring: Dr. Ryan Meili | West Side Community Clinic, Saskatoon; Founder, Upstream Dr. Ritika Goel | Inner City Family Health Team, Toronto Dr. Danyall Raza | Family Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Moderated by Dr. Kwame…See More
Jan 22
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Rainbow Health Ontario Breakthrough Projects!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Rainbow Health Ontario Breakthrough ProjectsRainbow Health Ontario is seeking applications for its new Breakthrough Projects! RHO Breakthrough Projects are designed to support local groups and organizations across Ontario to carry out one-year projects that will achieve a significant step in creating greater health, well-being and equity for LGBTQ communities. RHO will support four distinct projects for one year’s duration, providing consultation on project development,…See More
Jan 22
Brenda Roche posted an event

Community-Based Research Ethics Workshop at the Wellesley Institute at Wellesley Institute

December 12, 2014 from 9am to 11am
Register at https://cbrethics.eventbrite.caJoin the Toronto Community Based Research Network for a morning of learning at the Wellesley Institute. The topic of interest will be community-based research ethics. Community-based research (CBR) is important for engaging those most affected by health inequities. But along with CBR comes questions about how to ethically examine issues affecting diverse communities, some of whom may be…See More
Nov 19, 2014
Profile IconJohannes Kniffki, Sebastian Thiel, Roshanak Mehdipanah and 2 more joined Toronto Community Based Research Network
Nov 18, 2014

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