265763 Chronic Non Communicable Diseases_Working on the Margins: A Canadian Primary Care Perspective

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Akshaya Arya, BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt , Global Health Office, University of Western Ontario, Kitchener, ON, Canada
The Context of the Canadian health care system will be reviewed including the meaning of Universal Health Care as it relates to primary care. A few challenges posed by CNCDs (morbidity, disability, mortality) in Canada vs the US will be addressed as well as specific prevention strategies encouraged by Public Health.

The bulk of the presentation will relate to the Primary Care Setting within with the presenter has dealt with those on the margins refugees, economically marginalized) in the Psychiatric Outreach Project for those at risk of homelessness and as Director of a Refugee Health Clinic for Government Assisted Refugees. For both, use of other professions and systems and a hoistic approach to health, viewing the patient in the context of family and community is critical.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Be able to compare and discuss some differences in Outcome between Canadian and US health outcomes related to health and social systems and primary care delivery Be able to explain why a holistic, transdisciplinary ecosystem approach may be beneficial to dealing with the health needs of marginalized populations.

Keywords: Primary Care, Underserved Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a family doctor in Kitchener Ontario who co-developed a Psychiatric Outreach Project for those at risk for homelessness and directs a Refugee Health Clinic as well as being Director of the Global Health Office of the University of Western Ontario
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.