SFU’s 2018 Vanier Scholar explores impact of Vancouver’s housing and overdose crises on women (BC-CfE & BCCSU)

Does single room accommodation housing shape women’s drug- and health-related outcomes, including their risk of overdose?

Alexandra Collins, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently won a 2018 Vanier Scholarship to address this question. She is among 167 graduate students Canada-wide to receive a Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

During her MSc health sciences studies at SFU, she worked on a project with professor Susan Erikson, studying international funding impacts on HIV programs in Sierra Leone. Later, she worked at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and BC Centre on Substance Use where she developed an interest in pursuing research around drug use, especially in women.

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