Healthcare for a Vulnerable Population: The Ottawa Inner City Health Project

The Conference Board of Canada, May 21, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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Join us for this special webinar presented by the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, in which Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull will describe how tackling growing inequality—health inequality, social inequality and income inequality—must become our top wellness priority.

Dr. Turnbull has a unique perspective on the health care system in Canada. From inside the system, as Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital, he sees on a daily basis how the hospital struggles to serve acute care patients—as well as more and more patients with chronic conditions, who have nowhere else to go.

Dr. Turnbull also gets a first-hand view at the devastating impact of poverty on health. In 2001, he helped found the Ottawa Inner City Health Project, which set out to improve the health and welfare of Ottawa's homeless population. Since the inception of the project, he has served as Medical Director and conducts regular rounds to care for some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

Don’t miss this chance to learn about this unique program, which Dr. Turnbull describes as one of the most fulfilling aspects of his career.

Webinar Highlights

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Jeff Turnbull discussing the goals and benefits of the program.

In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Turnbull will discuss:

  • The socio-economic cycle that plays a significant role in the health and health outcomes of Canadians.
  • The challenges to the acute-care hospital, and how it can be re-born as part of a comprehensive health care network.
  • A paradigm shift from institutionalized, provider-centered, acute care to a patient-centred, collaborative, integrated promotion of health and social equity.

About Jeffrey

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull is Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital and a professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. He is Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health Inc., a internationally-recognized program provides a primary care clinic, hospices, special care units for men and women, community beds, supportive housing, managed alcohol treatment and senior care.

He also currently serves as Senior Medical Officer for Correctional Service of Canada.

Dr. Turnbull was President of the Canadian Medical Association in 2010-11. He also served as president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and chaired the CMA’s Future of Medicine Project. Dr. Turnbull was Program Director of UNESCO’s Universities in Solidarity for the Health of the Disadvantaged.

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