My research focuses on aging and long term care policy in Ontario from the 1940s to the 1990s. I have previously published articles on the growth and regulation of private nursing homes and public homes for the aged in Ontario between 1945-1975, as well as on the history of home care for the elderly in the province during this same time period. My current research explores the evolution of home care policy in Ontario from the mid-1970s until the creation of Community Care Access Centres in the early 1990s. As of January 2003 I am now also one of eight academic co-investigators involved in a five year, $2.3 million SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative, centred at the University of Alberta, entitled "Hidden Costs/Invisible Contributions: Marginalization of ‘Dependent’ Adults’. Research on this project, which will take place between 2003-2007, will examine the contributions that ‘dependent’ adults make to our economy and society and will challenge traditional ideas about who should be considered ‘dependent’ and how community services can help them to contribute in creative ways. The principal investigator on this project is Dr. Janet Fast of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Along with Dr. Phillip Clark, Director of the Program in Gerontology at the University of Rhode Island, I am co-leading Theme 4 of this project, which is exploring ‘Costs and Contributions of Home Care in their Social, Political, Historic and Cultural Context’. A news release describing this MCRI project in more detail is enclosed as an attachment.
I am also writing a policy history of the Veterans’ Independence Program, for Veterans Affairs Canada, and am in the preliminary stages of a proposal to develop a history of the Canadian Gerontological Association.
Bibliography of health-related publications:
Like Home: Gender, Family and the Politics of Home Care in Post World
War II Ontario,’ Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (Fall,
‘Grizzled Old Men and Lonely Widows: Constructing the Single Elderly as a Social Problem in Post-Second World War Canada, 1945-1967,’ Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau eds., Mapping the Margins: Families and Social Discipline in Canada, 1700-1970, Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press. (in press).
"’A Nice Homelike Atmosphere’: State Alternatives to Family Care for the Aged in Post World War II Ontario," Family Matters: Papers in Post-Confederation Canadian Family History, Lori Chambers and Edgar-Andre Montigny eds., (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1998), 335-354.
"Reluctant Partners: State Regulation of Private Nursing Homes in Ontario, 1941-1972," in The Welfare State in Canada: Past, Present, and Future. Raymond B. Blake, Penny E. Bryden and J. Frank Strain eds., (Concord: Irwin Publishing, 1997), 171-192.
Programs, Organizations, Associations I am involved with in the field of human health.
SSHRC, Major Collaborative
Research Initiatives Program.
relating to human health:
Kate Johnston, ‘Selective Interpretation of Needs: an Examination of the National Child Benefit Reinvestment Strategy,’ Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, M.A. thesis in process.
Adene Kuchera, ‘Building Community: Aboriginal Urban Housing in Canada’, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Natives Studies, M.A. thesis, 2003.
Dawn Berry Merriam, ‘The Evolution of a District Health Council into a Regional Planning Body: the Haliburton, Kawartha, and Pineridge District Health Council’, Frost Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development Studies, M.A. thesis, 1997.
Research Projects in relation to human health:
Co-investigator, "Hidden Costs/Invisible Contributions: Marginalization of ‘Dependent Adults’", SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative, University of Alberta.
‘Contexts of Care: Gender, Family and Home Care Policy in Ontario, 1975-1992’, CIHR, (Trent)