Homicide Among Young Black Men in Toronto: An Unrecognized Public Health Crisis?

Homicide among young black men in toronto: an unrecognized public health crisis?

Can J Public Health. 2013 Jan-Feb; 104(1): e12-4
Khenti AA

This commentary addresses the high homicide rates among young Black men in Toronto, Ontario. It posits that homicide among this population is an unrecognized major public health crisis that should be a priority for the field. The author suggests that the dramatic rate of Black homicides in Toronto is a consequence of income inequality, poverty, poor quality of life, mental health risks, and sustained racism. The commentary calls upon public health scientists to prioritize research about violence and homicide among young Black men in Toronto. It suggests that current and future policy making would be better served by their enquiries into the nature and causes of the persisting dilemma. HubMed – addiction


Community voices in program development: the wisdom of individuals with incarceration experience.

Can J Public Health. 2012 Sep-Oct; 103(5): e379-83
O’Gorman CM, Smith Martin M, Oliffe JL, Leggo C, Korchinski M, Elwood Martin R

This health promotion project used participatory processes to engage all stakeholders to design and pilot preventive health tools in partnership with and for individuals with incarceration experience. This article outlines the methods of engaging with this marginalized population and interventions conducted to successfully utilize participation in the planning phases of the project to develop collaborative values, mission, and project scope.Eighteen men and women with incarceration experience participated through two community organizations that were invited to work as project partners.Participatory planning was conducted through an iterative process and partnership between an academic institution and community organizations.INTEREVENTION: Engagement was developed through community networks and partnership building, including articulation of shared values and formation of a Project Advisory Committee. Participatory planning was facilitated through focus groups and interviews conducted with prison leavers to narrow the scope of the project to three health priority areas. Discussion analysis was conducted using interpretive phenomenological qualitative methodology to extract themes in terms of underlying systemic barriers to health and suggestions for ways to address them.OOUTCOMES: The interventions resulted in collaborative project planning and allowed for the prioritization of promoting holistic health for individuals with incarceration experience in mental health and addiction, cancer, and blood-borne infectious diseases by sharing knowledge, supporting self-advocacy, and strengthening relationships.Community engagement and participatory processes allowed the project to be more relevant to those it serves, and also meaningfully engaged prison leavers in an empowering participatory process to address health inequities. HubMed – addiction


American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 23(rd) Annual Meeting and Symposium Poster Presentations.

Am J Addict. 2013 May; 22(3): 305-21

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A case of death due to ibogaine use for heroin addiction: case report.

Am J Addict. 2013 May; 22(3): 302
Jalal S, Daher E, Hilu R

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