Suzanne Merchant and Elle Diniz host a special panel comprised of healthcare providers, healthcare researchers and healthcare activists to discuss the critical relationship between public health and poverty. The panel featured Terrie Hendrickson, Co-ordinator with the BC Health Coalition, Dr. Amy Lubik, a cancer researcher with the BC Center for Disease Control and a volunteer with the Public Health Association of British Columbia, and Dr. Charissa Patricelli, a family doctor whose practice has involved working with marginalized women and children; she is also a member of First Call BC.
A huge thank you to Rob Fillo for writing our new theme music.
“I would argue that for some people their health is determined by 99% of their social determinants. Because they cannot access health care without housing, without food. So, I would say it’s part of daily work to see people who can’t get food for their kids, who lose their children to the child welfare system because they do not have access to adequate housing. So, that’s why I’m really interested to be involved with First Call and to learn more about what we can do at the policy level because it has a huge, huge impact.” – Dr. Charissa Patricelli
“If you look at the health care system, which is very complex, we have long wait times for various surgeries. But part of the reasons why we have long wait times for surgeries are because we have seniors who can’t get home support because the programs were cut, so they’re stuck in hospital beds, so they have to cancel surgeries because they don’t have a bed for somebody to go into… if you were able to take that senior out of the acute care bed in a hospital, put them back at home in their community and give them proper health & home support… then you’re saving tons of money and frees up a bed in a hospital which means surgery can happen.” -Terrie Hendrickson
“Income inequality is something that the Public Health Association of BC has really been focusing on and income redistribution is one of the things that we suggested in our recent submission to the federal poverty reduction strategy… When there’s so much inequality, you lose social cohesion, so people don’t trust each other, so there’s so much more stress and depression, and less friendliness. The more equity there is, the more people feel like they’re in it together.” – Dr. Amy Lubik