CFKA Speaker Series Luncheon – Health Equity & Homelessness

Health Equity & Homelessness: Our Collective Responsibility to Service & Community Featuring Dr. Jeff Turnbull.

Dr. Turnbull, a specialist in internal medicine, has been Vice-Dean of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa, President of the Canadian Medical Association and Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Canada. He has had a career-long interest in health equity, the impact of poverty on health, and the challenges facing those who are chronically homeless. In 2017, he stepped down to focus on his work with Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH), a non-profit organization that provides health care to the homeless through a range of innovative programs focused on harm reduction, efforts to divert individuals from hospital emergency departments and police stations and, most recently, unique approaches to dealing with a growing opioid crisis.

Using examples from his Ottawa experience and his lengthy career as an advocate, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Turnbull will outline his vision of a transformed health care system that reflects three fundamental guiding principles: health equity; patient-centered care and population health.

He will discuss how this should be reflected in a community-based response to the homeless and others, whose special needs are not well served by the existing system. Followed by a brief local commentary and open dialogue and discussion.

Preregistration Required: $50 (includes lunch and a $25 charitable receipt)