CUPS COVID-19 Practice Adaptations

COVID-19-Related Practice Adaptations at CUPS: Developing a Framework for Disaster Planning with Socially Vulnerable Individuals and Families with Children

CUPS COVID-19 Practice Adaptations

Resiliency, the ability to cope with and adapt to stressors, is critical to lifelong health and well-being. Socially vulnerable populations are at greater risk of poor outcomes, especially at times of increased stress and adversity. When larger stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic occur, socially vulnerable individuals and families are more negatively impacted in the short- and long-term than the general population.

Social service agencies such as CUPS have seen a dramatic spike in requests for support and services related to issues such as lack of food, job loss, loneliness/depression/anxiety, poor health, unsafe housing, and family violence.

The goal of this study to find out more about the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable Calgarians and the staff at social service agencies that continue to ‘step up’ to support them.  


Principal Investigator: Karen Benzies RN, PhD


Robert Perry, CUPS Calgary 

Patricia Jones, Calgary Catholic Family Service 

We are still learning! Data collection is in progress. 

Data collection is in progress. We have no results to publish just yet. 

Sponsor and Partners

The Benzies Lab would like to acknowledge funding from Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and support from our valued partners:

  • CUPS Calgary
  • Calgary Catholic Family Service