Homeless people may be some of the hardest hit in a pandemic, but pandemic preparedness plans often overlook them. A new book, co-edited by Trent Sociology professor, Dr. Kristy Buccieri looks at the unique challenges and issues of pandemic planning, preparedness and response when it comes to homeless populations and those that work with them across Canada.
Professor Buccieri’s book, Pandemic Preparedness and Homelessness: Lessons from H1N1 in Canada, presents findings from a multi-year, multi-city study, and aims to provide a guide to better pandemic preparedness planning for some of the country’s most vulnerable people.
“Pandemics are a reality of daily life that challenge the health and wellness not only of individuals but of communities as a whole,” explains Prof. Buccieri “This book looks at how the H1N1 outbreak impacted individuals experiencing homelessness and how four diverse cities of different sizes and compositions responded to the challenge. It provides an important contribution to our knowledge about how pandemics impact high-risk populations and will help inform policy and practice in the years to come.”