MEDTalks: Healthcare in Marginalized Communities

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What: Healthcare in Marginalized Communities
Where: Leacock 219, Leacock Building, McGill University
When: Tuesday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on November 18th, 2014
Who: Speakers will be released one by one below!

First Speaker:

Dr. Joyce Pickering
General Internist and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at McGill University

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MEDLIFE McGill is proud to introduce the first speaker of our Health Care in Marginalized Communities MEDTalks conference, Dr. Joyce Pickering!

Dr. Pickering is a general internist and currently Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at McGill University. In addition to her involvement in education, she has interests in epidemiology and international health and has worked and taught in Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Russia and Japan. In the area of education she has taught clinical epidemiology, directed undergraduate and graduate clinical training programs, and was the associate dean for undergraduate medical education at McGill University from 2004 to 2011. She taught a 3 credit course, Health in Developing Countries from 1995 through 2004 in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill, and was the Director of the International Health Office at McGill from 2001 to 2004. She is also a member of the J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at the McGill University Health Centre. She has presented at a number of conferences and published on international health issues. Most recently, she was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (2013-2014) where she co-presented with Dr. Kenji Shibuya of the Global Burden of Disease project on implications of the project for medical curricula.

Stay tuned in the upcoming days as we reveal the rest of our amazing speakers!

Second Speaker:

Helen Hsu
4th Year Medical Student and Founder of MEDLIFE McGill

Second Speaker

MEDLIFE McGill is proud to introduce the second speaker of our Health Care in Marginalized Communities MEDTalks conference, Helen Hsu!

Helen Hsu is a 4th year medical student at McGill University who has worked extensively in Montreal on repealing the federal cuts to refugee healthcare which was put in place in 2012. She has also worked with refugees and vulnerable populations both in Montreal and abroad. She is also the founder of MEDLIFE McGill. She will be speaking about the healthcare challenges facing refugees/immigrants/nonstatus persons.

Stay tuned in the upcoming days as we reveal the rest of our amazing speakers!

Third Speaker:

Dr. Colin Chapman
Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Environment at McGill University; Post-Doctoral Research completed at Harvard University and McGill University; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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The third speaker of our Health Care in Marginalized Communities MEDTalks conference is Dr. Colin Chapman!

Dr. Colin Chapman received his joint Ph.D. in the Departments of Anthropology and Zoology at the University of Alberta. He spent 2 years at McGill and 3 years at Harvard University doing post-doctoral research. Since 1990 he has served as an Honourary lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University Uganda; and, since 1995, he has been an associate scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Colin also served as a faculty member in Zoology at the University of Florida for 11 years, and returned to McGill in 2004 to take up a professorship in the Department of Anthropology and McGill School of Environment, where he holds a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 position in Primate Ecology and Conservation, is a Killam Research Fellow, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has conducted research in Kibale National Park in Uganda for 25 years and is interested in the roles of disease, nutrition, and stress in determining primate abundance and how to best to forge a harmony between the needs of local people and conservation.

Fourth Speaker:

Kaila de Boer
Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor working within the Inuit Community of Hopedale, Labrador

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Kaila de Boer is the fourth speaker of the Health Care in Marginalized Communities MEDTalks conference!

Kaila de Boer is a social worker with a background working in Mental Health and Addictions Counseling with the Inuit community of Hopedale, Labrador (pop 550, no road access). Employed by Labrador-Grenfell Health, the regional health authority, she provided individual, couple, family, group, and community-level services in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary manner. Living within the community and collaborating extensively across disciplines and agencies she garnered a unique experience of how to improve health and mental health in underprivileged communities. The focus of this presentation will be the strengths and challenges of work in small and isolated communities of Canada’s north.

If you are interested in learning more about Kaila or any of our other amazing speakers, please come to Leacock room 219 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for our Health Care in Marginalized Communities MEDTalks conference!

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