march, 2017

22mar12:00 pm- 1:00 pmExploring the Link Between Gambling and Poverty


Event Details

You’re Invited: Webinar on Wednesday, March 22nd, 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Exploring the Link Between Gambling and Poverty

This webinar provides an introduction to Dr. Matheson’s program of research on problem gambling among people experiencing poverty and housing instability. The interactive webinar will provide an overview of the findings of this research which was conducted in partnership with Good Shepherd Ministries and more recently with the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario. Drs. Matheson and Woodhall-Melnik (co-lead) will take participants through this thought provoking work and introduce new tools for service providers that will be available in the coming months. Dr. Matheson’s knowledge translation HUB at St. Michael’s Hospital is funded by Gambling Research Exchange Ontario.


  1. Background
  2. Collaborations
  3. Research Findings
  4. Solutions
  5. Question and Answer


The workshop will take place online via webinar.  Please RSVP to receive the meeting connection details.


Wednesday, March 22nd from 12:00-1:00pm EST


Please let us know if you will be attending.  When you RSVP, you will be sent the webinar connection information.


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Flora I. Matheson is a medial sociologist and mental health and addictions specialist. She is particularly interested in how gender inequities and other social determinants of health affect people experiencing complex health and social needs that span problem gambling and substance use, mental illness, poverty, housing instability and imprisonment. She has particular expertise in integrated knowledge translation approaches with community-based partners and with people with lived experience of addictions, mental health concerns and housing instability. She is a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital; Scientist in the Mental Health and Addictions Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; and, Assistant Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Dr. Julia Woodhall-Melnik is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Health, Aging, and Society at McMaster University. She is also a Visiting Researcher with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions (C-UHS) at St. Michael’s Hospital. Julia is a member of the Gambling and Poverty Knowledge HUB Core team at C-UHS and works collaboratively with Dr. Matheson and colleagues to analyze and disseminate data on problem gambling and housing instability. Julia’s primary research focus is homelessness and housing instability. In her work, she strives to better understand the complexities that contribute to housing loss in search of interventions for preventing homelessness and rehousing.

Sarah Hamilton-Wright M.A.  is a research staff member at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. She works with Dr. Matheson on a variety of projects and coordinates the Gambling and Poverty Knowledge HUB. Sarah is interested in the effects of    environments on people’s health and well-being and has expertise in qualitative research, survey research and data collection, knowledge translation and program evaluation.


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



480 University Ave, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2

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