Stephen Hwang

MD, MPH

Director, Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Biography

Research Interests

Homelessness, housing as a social determinant of health, health care for homeless persons, marginalized populations, inner city health, urban health, socioeconomic status, access to care, community-based primary health care, health services research, probiotics for the prevention of Clostridium difficile infection.

Research Activities

My research focuses on improving the health of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and deepening our understanding of housing as a social determinant of health. My current research projects include a study of health care utilization in a sample of 1,191 homeless men, women, and families in Toronto; an observational cohort study of health and housing transitions among 1,200 homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver; and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s “At Home” study, a randomized controlled trial of rent subsidies and mental health supports for individuals who are homeless and have mental health issues.

Please note: Dr. Hwang is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Kouyoumdjian, FG, Cheng, SY, Fung, K, Orkin, AM, McIsaac, KE, Kendall, C et al.. The health care utilization of people in prison and after prison release: A population-based cohort study in Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (8):e0201592. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201592. PubMed PMID:30075019 .
  2. Roncarati, JS, Baggett, TP, O'Connell, JJ, Hwang, SW, Cook, EF, Krieger, N et al.. Mortality Among Unsheltered Homeless Adults in Boston, Massachusetts, 2000-2009. JAMA Intern Med. 2018; :. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2924. PubMed PMID:30073282 .
  3. Katz, AS, O'Campo, P, Brisbois, B, Zerger, S, Hwang, SW. Katz et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2018;108 (8):e6-e8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304549. PubMed PMID:29995466 .
  4. Thulien, NS, Gastaldo, D, Hwang, SW, McCay, E. The elusive goal of social integration: A critical examination of the socio-economic and psychosocial consequences experienced by homeless young people who obtain housing. Can J Public Health. 2018;109 (1):89-98. doi: 10.17269/s41997-018-0029-6. PubMed PMID:29981071 .
  5. Durbin, A, Lunsky, Y, Wang, R, Nisenbaum, R, Hwang, SW, O'Campo, P et al.. The Effect of Housing First on Housing Stability for People with Mental Illness and Low Intellectual Functioning. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743718782940. doi: 10.1177/0706743718782940. PubMed PMID:29916270 .
  6. Baggett, TP, Liauw, SS, Hwang, SW. Cardiovascular Disease and Homelessness. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2018;71 (22):2585-2597. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.02.077. PubMed PMID:29852981 .
  7. Sok, P, Gardner, S, Bekele, T, Globerman, J, Seeman, MV, Greene, S et al.. Unmet basic needs negatively affect health-related quality of life in people aging with HIV: results from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places study. BMC Public Health. 2018;18 (1):644. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5391-z. PubMed PMID:29783965 PubMed Central PMC5963101.
  8. Stergiopoulos, V, Gozdzik, A, Nisenbaum, R, Durbin, J, Hwang, SW, O'Campo, P et al.. Bridging Hospital and Community Care for Homeless Adults with Mental Health Needs: Outcomes of a Brief Interdisciplinary Intervention. Can J Psychiatry. 2018; :706743718772539. doi: 10.1177/0706743718772539. PubMed PMID:29716396 .
  9. Bekele, T, Globerman, J, Watson, J, Hwang, SW, Hambly, K, Koornstra, J et al.. Elevated Mortality and Associated Social Determinants of Health in a Community-Based Sample of People Living with HIV in Ontario, Canada: Findings from the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places (PSHP) Study. AIDS Behav. 2018;22 (7):2214-2223. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2040-6. PubMed PMID:29557541 .
  10. Mirpuri, S, Gill, P, Ocampo, A, Roberts, N, Narang, B, Hwang, SW et al.. Discrimination and Health Among Taxi Drivers in New York and Toronto. J Community Health. 2018;43 (4):667-672. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0466-4. PubMed PMID:29368104 PubMed Central PMC6033631.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
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