Ever since we sent a clinical team to India in search of opportunities to contribute to the homelands of our local citizens and gather valuable insights on innovative practices that can be used to better meet the needs of our community, Global Health has been a hot topic at Osler.
According to data collected during the 2011 Census, more than 62 per cent of recent immigrants to Brampton and 42 per cent of immigrants to north Etobicoke are from India. This statistic reflects the importance of collaborating with international experts as we work to improve health care for the Indian community in our region, and beyond.
We’re always looking for opportunities to create impact beyond our immediate community through education and innovation. At the recent two-day Canada-India Healthcare Summit, representatives from Osler did just that as they spoke about how we are meeting challenges in our community and how our solutions can help residents in India.
- Ron Heslegrave, Chief of Research, focused on how Osler is building a strategic research program by harnessing information that our unique community and high patient volumes offer, in order to drive health care innovation at Osler and across Ontario.
- Naheed Dosani, Lead Palliative Care Physician at Brampton Civic, addressed the social determinants of health and their impact on palliative care delivery in global health settings while providing an overview of current research and novel interventions that address poverty, education and housing for patients with serious life-threatening illnesses.
- Jane deLacy, Executive Director, Clinical Programs, spoke about how Telehomecare and digital health is helping Osler meet the needs of a growing population, which requires ongoing support to manage chronic diseases. Digital health is viewed a as a potential solution to improving access to health care in rural India.
As the largest health care provider in the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), there are many opportunities for Osler to make a difference at home and abroad. We look forward to exploring many exciting opportunities in the future.