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You're invited to the exciting 3rd annual McMaster Health Advocacy Symposium, featuring some of Canada's most influential health advocates! The day includes keynotes and participation in two of five interactive workshops on key topics in health advocacy. It is open to anyone studying in a health-related field from all Canadian universities! Light breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided.
LOCATION: DAVID BRALEY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE (100 Main St W, Hamilton)
DATE: SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016
TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
PRICE: $20 + $1.80 eventbrite fee
1. Purchase your eventbrite ticket here.
2. Rank your workshop preferences (you'll attend two!) and specify any food restrictions or accessibility concerns athttp://goo.gl/forms/N153sWQEchPQxqAq2. You MUST complete with your workshop preferences to be registered.
Dr. Gary Bloch | Founder and Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Committee on Poverty and Health; Founding Member of Health Providers Against Poverty | Building a Framework for Health Provider Action on Poverty and other Social Determinants of Health: From individual action to population advocacy
Abstract: Health providers can directly impact on poverty and other social issues, through individual patient care, through the structure of their health teams, and through higher level advocacy. Dr. Bloch will discuss lessons learned from the evolution of a multi-layered approach to health provider interventions into the social determinants of health. He will also discuss some of the specific interventions and approaches he has helped to create. This approach to reducing the health impacts of social illness has emanated from work in Toronto, but has been emulated across the country and beyond.
Shanaaz Gokool | CEO, Dying With Dignity Canada; Former Chair of Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO) | Physician Assisted Dying: What you need to know about Canada's new law
Abstract: Earlier this year, physician assisted dying was legalized in Canada, marking a substantial cultural shift in human rights and healthcare. In her presentation, CEO Shanaaz Gokool will review the many questions that have arisen now that medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a legal option in Canada. She will explore what this option means for the future of healthcare and patient rights, as well as the critical gaps and opportunities on the assisted dying file.
WORKSHOP OPTIONS (You will rank your preferences and participate in 2):
Dr. Andrea Hunter | MD; FRCP; FAAP | Caring for Children & Youth New to Canada: Resources and considerations for health providers and trainees
Abstract: Considerable health disparities exist between children and youth new to Canada and their Canadian-born peers. This workshop will introduce the changing demographics of our newcomer population in Hamilton, and encourage participants to explore the unique needs of refugee and immigrant families through case studies and interactive discussion. A peer-reviewed web resource developed for health professionals by the Canadian Pediatric Society will be highlighted along with local services and resources that support newcomer families.
Dr. Matthew Stanbrook | Deputy Editor, Scientific for the Canadian Medical Association Journal | How to write effective opinion pieces and communicate health information to the public
Abstract: Health professionals are privileged to have the opportunity and responsibility to be powerful advocates for health issues. We also serve an essential function as translators of medical information to the general public by providing expert perspectives that journalists and other lay people may lack. Enacting these roles effectively requires a distinctly different approach and skill set from other types of health communication such as writing research papers. This interactive workshop will provide attendees with a practical introduction to key elements of writing opinion pieces and communicating about health issues to a lay audience. Come prepared with ideas, opinions and questions!
Dr. Ritika Goel | Lead Family Physician at Toronto Inner City Family Health Team (ICFHT); former Population Health Leader for ICHA | Why Canada Needs National Pharmacare Now
Abstract: Did you know that an estimated 1 in 4 Canadians have gone without filling a prescription due to cost? Today, chronic diseases are the main medical cause of morbidity and mortality, and medications are often the main intervention we have at our disposal. However, in our publicly funded health care system, medications that are covered while a patient is in hospital are no longer covered when the patient goes home. Doctors' visits are covered, but the medications they recommend are not. This is unacceptable, but there is a way to do things better. We know that instituting a national pharmacare program in Canada in which medications are covered under our public fan would be fairer, improve health outcomes, and actually save us money. Come learn why Canada needs National Pharmacare now, and how you can get involved in making this a reality!
Dr. Ann Fudge Schormans | PhD, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Associate Professor, McMaster University | Re-imagining Parenting Possibilities: A forum theatre workshop
Abstract: People labeled with intellectual and developmental disability (ID/DD) consider parenthood in the shadows of eugenics. In this workshop, members of the Re-imagining Parenting Possibilities Self-advocate Working Group will lead participants through a forum theatre scene intended to trouble the boundary separating those who are permitted to be parents from those who are not; and to call into questions the ways in which health care providers respond to ‘parenting’ and ‘intellectual/developmental disability’. We will perform interwoven parenting stories we have collected from others labeled with ID/DD. We will invite workshop participants to take part, to enter into and change the course of the scene. And, by doing so, to engage in discussions that in imagining different possibilities, work to re-imagine parenting.
Dick Moore | Director of Senior Services of the Toronto Family Service; Director of the Older Adult Centre at St. Christopher House | LGBT Seniors and Health Needs
Abstract: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors grew up in an era when it was a criminal offense to be LGBT. Institutionalized homophobia, heterosexism and cisgenderism from a historical viewpoint has had its effect on this vulnerable and aging population. This workshop aims to provide an overview of LGBT history, language, and the impact of criminalization, oppression and aging in LGBT communities. The session addresses their challenges growing up in an era when it was criminal to be LGBT, the experiences of LGBT seniors navigating the health care system, and the lack of sensitive, inclusive and affirming services for senior LGBT. We will discuss aging and trans populations, HIV and aging with long-term use of HAART, palliative care, and senior LGBT persons in long-term care homes. You will learn to provide clinically and culturally competent healthcare for LGBT seniors through a combination of didactic material, videos, and interactive case scenarios.
Dr. Lori Regenstrief | Primary care physician for the Shelter Health Network | Understanding and Delivering Harm Reduction in the Inner City
Abstract: Substance abuse and addiction are common determinants of ill health. Substance abuse of alcohol and other drugs - both prescription and illicit - can lead to severe medical complications. All health care providers can expect to encounter addiction-related pathology in their medical practices and should feel prepared to establish therapeutic relationships with patients presenting with these challenging issues. As well, doctors are well positioned to advocate and expand our repertoire of treatment strategies, incorporating a harm reduction approach into therapy at many points in the continuum of care.
In this workshop, you will learn to define and diagnose addiction, define the role of childhood adversity as a social determinant of mental health and addiction, define harm reduction, its goals, and the scope of its strategies, and learn of current active harm reduction programs in Hamilton.