Aging, Health and Development
Where you live has a significant impact on your level of access to services. But prime school districts and proximity to transportation are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding how “geographies of opportunity” (based on location) affect Canadians, particularly vulnerable populations. Dr. Mark Rosenberg and his research team are analyzing inequalities in access to services like health care, social services and housing to drive the development of better public policy.
As Canada Research Chair in Aging, Health and Development, Rosenberg studies the impacts of public policies on aging populations, women’s health and Indigenous people’s access to health care and social services. For example, his project, Age-Friendly Communities: Friendly for Whom?, examines the core housing needs of and community supports for Canadian aging populations—a group whose voice tends not to be heard when developing and planning age-friendly communities.
Rosenberg’s impact on research also extends to China, India and Ghana, where he works with research teams to develop programs aimed at removing geographical barriers and improving access to services and housing. He and his research partners in China are analyzing barriers to long-term care services and improving service coordination in China’s urban areas. In India, his research focuses on the challenges faced by older people, while in Ghana, he and his team are exploring older people’s access to health services.
Ultimately, Rosenberg’s work may improve access to services for Indigenous peoples, immigrants and people living with disabilities around the world.