2016 Spotlight on Global Health

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Dr. Vanessa Redditt

Top to bottom: Dr. Vanessa Redditt,
Dr. Obidimma Ezezika, Trevor Stratton

Interested in international development, social medicine, or health equity?

PIH Canada’s second annual Spotlight On Global Health will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Open to the public, this comprehensive afternoon session offers a chance to explore issues surrounding global health and social justice with like-minded individuals.

Where & when: Sunday, Aug 28 from 12:30 – 4:30pm ET, at the Ralph Thorton Centre in Toronto, ON.


The afternoon will feature an interactive workshop that will challenge current assumptions pervasive in the global health landscape and an opportunity to engage in concrete problem-solving, ample opportunity to network with like-minded individuals in related fields, and an expert panel, hosted by Patners In Health Canada Director Mark Brender, and featuring the following distinguished speakers:

    1. Dr. Vanessa Redditt is a family physician, currently working at the Crossroads Refugee Clinic, a specialized primary care clinic for refugees at Women’s College Hospital, and at St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team in Regent Park.She is interested in enhancing the health of marginalized individuals and communities through clinical care, health system improvement, and tackling social inequities. She is particularly passionate about maternal and child health, as well as immigrant and refugee health. Vanessa has worked with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima in rural Rwanda focused on health worker training, quality improvement, and primary care initiatives in 2010-2011 and 2015, and continues to provide volunteer support for maternal and child health programming currently.
    2. Dr. Obidimma Ezezika is a Fellow with the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace and the Founder of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of public health and the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology where he teaches global health-related courses. Dr. Ezezika’s research and program interests and experience lie at the nexus of trust, food security, nutrition and global health. He has worked and consulted for major international organizations including the United Nations Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sandra Rotman Centre, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
    3. Trevor Stratton is a 51-year old citizen of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation near Toronto, Canada with mixed English and Ojibwe heritage. Diagnosed with HIV in 1990, Trevor turned to his community and the Aboriginal HIV & AIDS movement for support and became an activist, volunteer and consultant. He is now the Coordinator for the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) for its host organization, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN). Trevor has been a board member of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) for over 7 years. Trevor is one of two North American delegates in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Delegation on the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) for a two-year term from 2016 to 2017.

Registration: Deadline to register is August 27th. Tickets available at pihcanada.org/spotlight2016.

12:30 – Doors open
1:00  – Opening Speaker: Mark Brender (PIHC Director)
1:15 – Panel discussion: The Path to Equity — Perspectives from the Field
2:30 – Coffee break!
2:40 – Workshop: Examining assumptions in Global Health
4:30 – Conference end

For more information:

Partners In Health Canada: https://pihcanada.org/
Partners In Health: http://www.pih.org/
A reflection on last year’s Spotlight, which featured a case competition: https://pihcanada.org/knowledge-collaboration-and-innovation-at-the-2015-case-competition/

See who’s attending at our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/313665339022629/

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