COVID-19 intensified struggles for Edmonton’s ethnic communities, study finds

August 12, 2021

By CBC News  |

The COVID-19 pandemic intensified existing struggles for ethnic communities in Edmonton, a new study shows.

Researchers at the University of Alberta and the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative in Edmonton collected 773 stories from immigrant and refugee families of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The Illuminate Project saw 21 peer researchers gather accounts from local communities between September and December 2020.

The report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this week, found COVID-19 made quality of life difficult in relation to finances, food, housing, child care, chronic illnesses besides COVID-19 and language barriers for accessing information.

Researchers came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds — Somali, Syrian, Iraqi, Chinese, Filipino, Bhutanese, Nigerian — and worked with University of Alberta co-lead researcher, Denise Campbell-Scherer.

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