Across Canada, cities are experiencing an urban health crisis fuelled by poverty. People who are impoverished are more susceptible to homelessness, addictions, food scarcity and recurrent hospitalization.
At this exhibit, we invite you to step into the shoes of six individuals who represent more than 4.8 million Canadians. Experience how our world-leading scientists are redefining health care and working to create the world’s healthiest city.
There are factors in people's lives—such as whether or not they have a home to go to each night, whether they can access culturally safe family supports, or whether they can afford their medications—that have a direct impact on their health.
The well-being of our city depends on our willingness to take action to create a healthier future for all. Our world-leading scientists are committed to finding solutions that address the intersection of health and poverty.
–DR. STEPHEN HWANG, DIRECTOR OF MAP CENTRE FOR URBAN HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Dr. Hwang is a specialist in internal medicine and a world-renowned researcher in homelessness, housing and health.
Dr. Thulien is a nurse practitioner and researcher whose work is dedicated to addressing societal conditions that cause and perpetuate youth homelessness.
Dr. Nav Persaud is driven to improve the health of disadvantaged communities and individuals, having witnessed first-hand the ill effects that beset people who can’t afford essential medicines.
Dr. Werb’s work on preventing injection drug use is inspired by his investigations of the experiences of street youth in Vancouver’s downtown east side.
Dr. Maguire is a pediatrician whose career has been devoted to keeping children healthy. In a world where chronic illness is becoming increasingly common, Dr. Maguire believes that by focusing on factors that foster resilience, we can help our children lead healthier, happier lives.
John A. Lederer, Jackman Reinvents, and ECN Capital.
Thank you to the visionaries who brought this exhibit to life: Jackman Reinvents, MASSIVart, and the world-leading scientists at St. Michael’s Hospital’s MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions.
We warmly thank the individuals who shared their personal stories and allowed us to bring this important work to life.
If you would like more information about MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, please email us at email@example.com or call (416) 864–5000.
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