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Dal‑based LGBT researcher awarded funding for LGBT seniors' initiatives

Posted by Sara Dawson on March 7, 2019 in News

Two new research initiatives will enable Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan to advance evidence-based decision making to improve and enhance the experience of senior LGBT Nova Scotians. Dr. Gahagan is a professor of Health Promotion, a founding fellow at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance  and co-founder and chair of the Queer Faculty and Staff Caucus at Dalhousie. Dr. Gahagan has been awarded a grant by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to research the knowledge gaps in meeting the housing needs of older LGBT Canadians. Another grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors will develop a Nova Scotia-wide LGBT Seniors Archive to celebrate and commemorate the many contributions this community has made to life in Nova Scotia.

“It’s only with meaningful research that we can understand the ways and reasons older members of our LGBT communities may experience exclusion from the housing market, or where it may not be meeting their needs. And the time to celebrate this generation’s contributions to our province is overdue. I’m looking forward to uncovering these important stories so we can continue the important work of ensuring that diverse voices are part of our shared history,” says Dr. Gahagan.