Media releases | February 07, 2023

Homeless people in Edmonton are at greater risk of a slew of physical and mental health concerns and are having a disproportionately large impact on the health-care system.

That’s according to a report that Edmonton city council’s community and public services committee received from Alberta Health Services (AHS) executives on the effects of homelessness on the health-care system at a committee meeting Tuesday.

“Being homeless is a risk factor for so many downstream health effects: injury, assault, poisoning, amputations, frostbite,” said Dr. Chris Sikora, lead medical officer of health for the Edmonton zone, who gave the report alongside Selene Tash, executive director of community health services for the Edmonton zone. Read more →