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Don Kerr, Roderic Beaujot
This paper examines the relationship between family structure and child poverty in Canada over the 1981-1997 period. While recognising the many methodological and conceptual difficulties encountered in efforts to document child poverty over time,...
Jade Boydab, Thomas Kerr
In Canada and other western nations there has been an unprecedented expansion of criminal justice systems and a well documented increase in contact between people with mental illness with the police. Canadian police, especially in Vancouver, British...
Brittany Barker, Gerald Taiaiake, Thomas Kerr
As the Idle No More movement fades in people's minds, concern remains that First Nations children continue to be left behind. In Canada today, Aboriginal youth represent about 5% of the youth population; however, nearly 50% of the children and youth...
N Bozinoff, E Wood, H Dong, L Richardson, T Kerr, K DeBeck
The sharing of previously used syringes is associated with the transmission of Hepatitis C and HIV. This longitudinal study examines syringe borrowing and syringe lending within a prospective cohort of street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada....
Beth S. Rachlis, Evan Wood, Ruth Zhang, Thomas Kerr
Using multivariate logistic regression, we examined the prevalence and correlates of homelessness among youth enrolled in a community-recruited prospective cohort known as the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS), between September 2005 and October 2006. Of...
Danya Fast, Will Small, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
Recent research has highlighted the ways in which social structural processes and physical environments operate to push young drug users towards risk. We undertook this study in order to explore how young people who were currently street-entrenched...
Brandon D. L. Marshall, Thomas Kerr, Jiezhi Qi, Evan Wood
Background: Although street-involved youth who inject illicit drugs are known to be at an increased risk of HIV and other adverse health outcomes, little is known about public injecting among this population and how injecting in...
Dan Werb, Thomas Kerr, Danya Fast, Jiezhi Qi, Evan Wood
We compared drug-related behaviors, including initiation of drug use, among street youth residing in two adjacent neighborhoods in Vancouver. One neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), features a large open-air illicit drug market. In...
Brandon Marshall, Kate Shannon, Thomas Kerr, Ruth Zhang, Evan Wood
Homeless and street-involved youth are vulnerable to HIV infection. The prevalence of HIV observed among this population in Canada and the United States has ranged from 2% to more than 10%. Street youth who participate in survival sex work are at a...
Andrea Krüsi, Evan Wood, Julio Montaner, Thomas Kerr
Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has dramatically improved health outcomes among people living with HIV/AIDS. However, significant rates of HIV-related morbidity and mortality have persisted among HIV-positive injection drug users (IDU)...
Andrea Krüsi, Will Small, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
While there has been growing interest in comprehensive models of treatment and care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, little attention has been given to the potential role that supervised injecting programs could play in increasing access to...
Evan Wood, Mark W. Tyndall, Julio S. Montaner, Thomas Kerr
In many cities, infectious disease and overdose epidemics are occurring among illicit injection drug users (IDUs). To reduce these concerns, Vancouver opened a supervised safer injecting facility in September 2003. Within the facility, people inject...
Will Small, Andrea Krüsi, Evan Wood, Julio Montaner, Thomas Kerr
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Kora DeBeck, Thomas Kerr, Calvin Lai, Julio Montaner, Evan Wood
Innovative health programs for injection drug users (IDUs), such as supervised injecting facilities (SIFs), are often preceded by evaluations of IDUs' willingness to use the service. The validity of these surveys has not been fully evaluated....
Lianping Ti, Evan Wood, Kate Shannon, Cindy Feng, Thomas Kerr
BACKGROUND: Street-level policing has been recognized as a driver of health-related harms among people who inject drugs (IDU). However, the extent of interaction between police and street-involved youth has not been well characterized. We examined...