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Centre Talks: Serving people who are non-insured due to immigration status--barriers, resources and next steps; Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital

Toronto, Ontario
May 5, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Room 240, 209 Victoria Street (venue is wheelchair accessible)

People who are non-insured due to immigration status face many obstacles and gaps in the health care system, with severe consequences for health and wellbeing. Panelists will explore these obstacles and their impacts. Presentations will also offer a ‘101’ on working with patients who are non-insured due to immigration status and possibilities for policy change.

Panelists:

  • Viviane Rutabingwa is the Health Services Administrator at Flemingdon Health Centre. A large part of this role is the coordination of the internal and external Non-Insured work across all the sites. She has earned a MSc in Public Health and continues to sit on the Health Network on Non Insured clients run through the Wellesley Institute as well as the Rights of Non-Status Women Network.
  • Nadjla Banaei is currently working at South Riverdale Community Health Centre as a Client Care Coordinator, and has over 12 years of experience working in community health. The bulk of Nadjla’s experience has involved supporting individuals experiencing precarious immigration status. She has a thorough understanding of settlement issues, systemic barriers and the social injustices faced by uninsured communities, and is passionate about the mental health and well-being of her clients. Nadjla advocates on a systemic level, while also providing intensive frontline work to reduce barriers to health care and social services.
  • Simone Donaldson is a Registered Social Worker, currently working on a Masters in Social Work. Simone has many years in the field working with youth and racialized communities. She is currently at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, where she provides supports such as advocacy, case management, brief therapy, workshops and system navigation, infused with an anti-oppression and ant-racist framework. Much of Simone’s work focuses on violence against women, poverty, immigration, and using culture to develop resilience. She is devoted and passionate in ensuring clients and communities are given a safe space to feel empowered, so they may not only survive, but thrive.
  • Monika Dalmacio is a Registered Nurse at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, which serves immigrants and refugees in Toronto. She is passionate about advocating for equitable healthcare for marginalized newcomers including medically uninsured residents through her role as the West End Non-Insured Walk-In Clinic (NIWIC) clinic coordinator. She is also involved in the “Health with Dignity” program at Access Alliance that focuses on self-management and systems navigation for clients who face multiple barriers to accessing health care.
  • Justin Lam is a fourth year medical student at the University of Toronto and organizer with OHIP for All. He is passionate about equity in health access and medical education and currently works with the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Toronto to increase diversity at the Faculty of Medicine. In the past, he has advocated with the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care and was a member of the U of T Black Medical Students Association.

RSVP: Space is limited. To register, email Centrelist@smh.ca.

Presented by Health Network on Uninsured Clients and the Centre Talks Committee of the Centre for Urban Health Solutions