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January 9, 2017
Toronto Public Health to host media event to launch initiative to better understand homeless deaths in Toronto
Toronto Public Health is holding a media event tomorrow at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto to announce the launch of an initiative that tracks the deaths of homeless individuals across Toronto. The initiative will provide better data to help guide efforts to improve the health of this vulnerable population. The media event will be followed by a regular, monthly Homeless Memorial to honour the memories of individuals who have died while experiencing homelessness.

Date: Tuesday, January 10
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, west side of the Eaton Centre

Interview opportunities will be available with Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), the councillor taking the lead on this initiative, along with Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Acting Medical Officer of Health, and Cathy Crowe, street nurse, to talk about:
• how homelessness contributes to health inequities
• the importance of this initiative, and
• how Toronto Public Health will work with partners to collect this information.

Details about the program are available at

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Keisha Mair
Toronto Public Health



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