Health Equity workshops are a peer-to-peer high school health equity workshop series, with the goal of teaching homelessness as an intersectional issue and disassembling stereotypes early on. This initiative was born out of research conducted by Dr. Kaitlin Schwan, director of the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network, exploring the efficacy peer-led educational initiatives like this can have, since they provide a non-threatening medium compared to traditional adult-led workshops.
The first of these workshops was launched at Bayview Secondary School in June 2022 with support from a $5000 grant from the York Region District School Board. The event reached 150+ students and led to the construction of 100+ care kits for Blue Door Shelter in York Region. We hope to use this as a springboard to launch further workshops in the fall.