Active Streets, Active People Foreign Born

Active Streets, Active People Foreign Born

“We want to be Healthy: A Community Engagement Strategy to Enhance ForeignBorn, Older Adult Health and Mobility” 

Older Canadians are more ethnically diverse than the general population, and immigrants comprise one third of the elderly population.

Research has consistently shown that foreign‐born older adults residing in Canada are confronted with multiple health‐related challenges, including social isolation and limited access to programs and services. Thus, with older adults as key partners, we aim to understand the salient health and mobility related issues for foreign‐born older adults who are at risk for social isolation.

Working with our community research partners, this study aims to:

1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the health and mobility needs of foreign‐born older adults living in different South Vancouver neighbourhoods (those that promote or inhibit mobility)
2. Identify barriers and facilitators to mobility for older adults who in different South Vancouver neighbourhoods

All components of the study were offered in Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Active Streets, Active People Foreign Born is funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

Principal Investigator: Heather McKay
Lead Researchers: Joanie Sims-GouldMeghan Winters
Project Manager: Catherine Tong

Active Streets, Active People (ASAP) is an innovative project undertaken to evaluate the influence of social and built environments on the mobility of vancouver residents.  Mobility contributes significantly to the health of people of all ages and early evidence suggests that built and social environments interact to impact this health outcome.  Active Streets, Active People looks at the built and social environments of three different groups: youth (ASAP Junior), older adults (ASAP Senior) and older adults born outside of Canada (ASAP Foreign Born). 

ASAP is funded by the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative (PWSI) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).  The interdisciplinary ASAP team is based at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University and spans the social to applied sciences.