What happens when the biggest barrier to health isn’t a lack of medicine or access to care but income? On February 4th, MASS LBP, along with Upstream and Wellesley Institute will be convening three of Canada’s newest physician-activists who are challenging Canadians and their governments to think differently about how we build a healthy society.
Please join us for what promises to be an inspiring night. Register here.
About our speakers:
Ryan Meili is a Family Doctor at the Westside Community Clinic in Saskatoon and an Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, where he serves as head of the Division of Social Accountability, director of the Making the Links Certificate in Global Health, and co-lead of SHARE: the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour. His 2012 book: A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy has sold thousands of copies across Canada. Ryan also serves as vice-chair of the national advocacy organization Canadian Doctors for Medicare and is the founding director of Upstream: Institute for A Healthy Society.
Ritika Goel is a family physician with the Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. She has an MD from McMaster University, studied family medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her clinical work is with people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness as well as migrants with precarious immigration status. Ritika is a board member and volunteer physician at the Scarborough Community Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured and co-chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Poverty and Health Committee. She works on various social justice issues through organizations such as Health for All and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. Ritika is an active contributor to social media, with blogs on Huffington Post Canada, HealthyDebate.ca and on Twitter @RitikaGoelTO.
Danyaal Raza is an academic family physician with the Department of Family Medicine of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. He is co-leading the opening of St. Michael’s newest family medicine site in the revitalized Regent Park, Canada’s largest social housing project. Danyaal serves on the Board of Directors of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and on the Poverty & Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. He has testified as an expert witness to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health and Standing Committee on Finance. Danyaal also writes on issues at the intersection of health care, public policy and social determinants of health. He recently completed a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University and has served as a Teaching/Classroom Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Western University and completed his residency in family medicine at Queen’s University, where he was also Chief Resident. You can find him on Twitter, @DanyaalRaza.