The impact of residential displacement on health among people who use drugs living with HIV in Vancouver, Canada

Residential displacement is common among people who use drugs (PWUD). However, we know little about the impact residential displacement has on their social and health outcomes. PWUD living with HIV may experience particularly detrimental consequences due to their structural vulnerability and complex realities of their everyday lives. Focusing on PWUD living with HIV, this study will explore the health consequences of displacement from housing in the West End and Downtown Eastside neighborhoods of Vancouver, British Columbia. The study will employ an innovative research method combining qualitative and geospatial approaches. Findings from this study will inform policies and programs to improve housing stability and health of PWUD living with HIV. This project will be conducted in partnership with the Dr. Peter Centre.

Faculty Supervisor:

Rod Knight


Koharu Loulou Chayama


Dr. Peter Centre




Health care and social assistance


University of British Columbia



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