Mental illness, substance misuse and violence are problems in communities across Ontario. Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are uncovering why this is so by bringing a mobile research lab to diverse communities, including rural, urban, Northern and First Nation communities.
Researching Health in Ontario Communities (RHOC), a five year project led by Dr. Samantha Wells, is currently being implemented in First Nation communities. The RHOC project is innovative in a number of important ways; particularly in the use of the mobile research lab. The lab is a 34-foot trailer containing computers, data collection equipment and an interview area for study participants. The lab recently visited Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and is currently stationed in Aamjiwnaang First Nation.