Recently, we have completed our first iteration of the HEART project, examining the barriers to accessing the healthcare system for the homeless population in the Niagara Region. A qualitative research study was undertaken to examine these issues and develop themes, which was drafted into a forum theatre play. This play was staged for three audiences: healthcare profession students, healthcare professionals, and Niagara’s homeless community. From these shows, individuals could intervene in key conflicts in the play. With their suggestions to improve the outcome of the scene, a multidisciplinary team of policy makers drafted policy for implementing these changes, which the audience then voted to pass or reject the policy.
We are currently in the process of disseminating our research and will be running future iterations soon!