Canadian Medical Association

Building on the success of the first CMA Health Summit session challenging the universality of Canada’s health care system, registration is now open for session two  – Lessons learned from COVID-19: How do we close Canada’s health gap? 

The virtual event will take place June 17 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm ET.

Video transcript available here

Keynote speaker and former federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott will explore the lessons learned – both good and bad – from the pandemic. She will be joined by palliative care physician Dr. Naheed Dosani and patient advocate Nicole Nickerson for a panel discussion on how to ensure health equity for all Canadians.

“COVID-19 shone a light on health inequities. Every person in this country does not have adequate access to the kind of health care and supports they actually need.” – Dr. Naheed Dosani

The Health Summit series is the starting point of the CMA’s evolving strategy, Impact 2040 – a vision to better support Canadians’ health, the health care system and the medical profession, to create lasting change.

CMA President-Elect Dr. Katharine Smart, a Yukon pediatrician who works with vulnerable children, will be the host for session two.

“In my practice in Whitehorse, I have seen first-hand how the inequities in our society directly impact people’s health. We need to start thinking more broadly about how to ensure all Canadians have equal opportunities to be healthy.” – Dr. Katharine Smart, CMA president-elect

Each Health Summit session includes a 30-minute Q&A with panelists and small, interactive breakout groups where participants can connect and engage on what’s needed to rebuild health.

The final session in the 2021 CMA Health Summit series, on Aug. 22, will focus on a reimagined culture of medicine.

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