Addressing Systemic Access Barriers: the Potential of Peer Health Ambassadors and other Community-Based Innovation

Addressing systemic barriers in access to care is one of the crucial challenges facing the Ontario health system. One such area is inequitable access to screening and preventative care, inequities that can have devastating outcomes. Some very promising collaborations are underway in Peel Region to …

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Local Collaborations to Advance Health Equity

Building broad local partnerships and collaborations among service providers, community agencies and residents is one vital part of driving health equity into action on the ground. I spoke to a tremendously interesting group coming together in the Jane-Humber area of north-west Toronto. I highlighted the …

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Public Health, Priority Populations and Driving Health Equity Into Action

Public health have long been leaders in health equity strategy (see Sudbury’s Ten Promising Practices). One key direction has been working with local communities and those marginalized and vulnerable populations facing the most inequitable health outcomes or barriers to services and support. I spoke at …

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It takes a province to end homelessness: Presentation notes

Yesterday I delivered the keynote presentation to the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network conference at Port Blandford on Oct. 26. In my presentation, I warned that the ongoing erosion of federal housing investments will cut vital funding that local groups across Newfoundland and …

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Anti-Camping Clause Removed From Proposed Amendments to Toronto’s Streets By-Law

Thanks to quiet efforts by the Wellesley Institute and other advocates for the city’s homeless — including Councillor Mike Layton — a clause prohibiting “camping,” “dwelling,” and “lodging” on Toronto’s streets and in public areas has been removed from the proposed amendments to Municipal Code …

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One Conference, Two Declarations

“Civil society is fantastic in the sense that they push us”   World Conference on Social Determinants of Health Rio de Janeiro, October 19-21, 2011 World Health Organization (WHO)   Guest post by Margot Lettner With not one but two Declarations on the floor as …

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Alternative Civil Society Declaration on Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health

With the WHO Conference on the Social Determinants of Health wrapping up today, the official Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health has just been released. While this will likely garner the most media attention, it is also important to take note of the …

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Housing, homelessness and Ontario’s provincial election: Presentation notes

The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, presented to lawyers and community legal workers at a meeting of Toronto legal clinics on October 20 on challenges and opportunities arising from the provincial election. Legal Clinics October 2011 View more presentations from Wellesley …

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