MARCO:POLO Marginalization & COVID-19: Promoting Opportunities for Learning & Outreach

Bayoumi, Ahmed M | $313,804

Ontario Unity Health Toronto 2021 CIHR Operating Grant

Many Toronto organizations rapidly introduced programs and innovations to support people experiencing marginalization during the COVID‑19 pandemic. The MARCO (Marginalization and COVID-19) study, a collaboration between academic and community investigators, is using program evaluation methods to evaluate such community-led interventions. Our focus in MARCO was on using descriptive and deductive analyses to identify findings with the greatest potential for immediate impact, with a focus on service delivery that is more equitable and client-centered. However, the large amount of data that we collected offers additional opportunities. MARCO:POLO is an extension study to MARCO; our aim is to generate a deeper understanding of marginalization in health by addressing questions across evaluations, with a specific focus on systems and policy-oriented frameworks and questions addressing innovation and racism. Our approach is based on the understanding that this level of analyses is necessary for driving social change.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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