Interventions in certain Sherbrooke neighbourhoods

Like all cities, Sherbrooke has disadvantaged neighborhoods where there is a high concentration of people in vulnerable situations. These areas require the organization of several front-line health and social services.

The research team led by Paul Morin, research professor in the Department of Social Services at Université de Sherbrooke, affiliated with the Health and Social Services Centre - University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke, observed three Sherbrooke neighborhoods: Ascot, Jardins-Fleuris and the city center. Its members reviewed the Neighbourhood Interventions program and the work of Équipe itinérance [Homelessness Intervention Team], composed of nurses and social workers who provide care to several hundred homeless people.

The researchers wanted to describe intervention practices in their particular contexts in order to highlight the effects perceived by practitioners, community partners and administrators. Their objectives were to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to improve local intervention practices and the practices of Équipe itinérance.

The research has highlighted several positive effects of these interventions on quality of life. By bringing people together and encouraging involvement and participation, they have helped to create a climate of trust and solidarity based on formal and informal meetings at various events organized or supported by the Neighbourhood Interventions program.

This type of intervention has also strengthened existing links between partners, in addition to supporting their efforts and consolidating the mobilization they seek to create through their actions. The development of a better social climate, the deployment of a new and positive neighbourhood dynamic and the development of an "intervention community" are the main results observed in the services networks and in the neighborhoods.

This research also identified the effects on the health system. Neighbourhood interventions have reached people who would not have come on their own to seek health care or psychosocial services, prevented deterioration in the condition of some residents, resolved a crisis situation and reduced mistrust of the health care system and social services.


Centre de santé et de services sociaux – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke


Paul Morin, Université de Sherbrooke

Regular members

  • Jean-François Allaire, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Pierre Beauséjour, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Rachel Bélisle, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Maryse Benoit, Université de Sherbrooke
  • David Bergeron, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Réal Boisvert, RRSSS de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec
  • Daniel Boleira Guimaraes, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Pierre-Luc Bossé, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Sylvain Bourdon, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Ginette Boyer, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Céline Bureau, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Jacques Caillouette, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Claude Charpentier, Université Bishop's
  • Nicole Dallaire, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Chantal Doré, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Frances Gallagher, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Suzanne Garon, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Philippe Gendron, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Cheryl Gosselin, Université Bishop's
  • Manon Gosselin, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Sylvain Grignon, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Joëlle Hassoun, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Marie-Claude Jacques, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Denise Jourdenais, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Nathalie Lachance, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Isabelle Lacroix, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Normand Laforme, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Nadine Larivière, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Sylvain Laroche, Le P'tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille
  • Jeanette LeBlanc, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Katia Mercier, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Guylaine Michaud, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Nathalie Morin, Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal
  • Carole Panneton, Pro-Def Estrie – Promotion et défense des droits en santé mentale
  • Jacques Quintin, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Anne-Marie Royer, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Bernard Sévigny, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Paule Simard, Institut national de santé publique
  • Denise St-Cyr, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Jean-François Trudel, CSSS – Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke
  • Benoît van Caloen, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Éric Yergeau, Université de Sherbrooke