Health and Community: What could community-based health care look like if people counted?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
In between institutional commitments and expressed patient health needs, there is a layer of support services delivery that is monitored for its efficiency. And though these services frequently fall under our much-ballyhooed public health care commitment, many of us are still unable to get needed access to health care services. In the context of large-scale impact approach to community care, the nuances and complexities of individual needs can remain unaddressed. This public conversation looks at the ways in which we could overcome the systematized shortcomings of our community care systems. Have we lost something important and relational in the creation of coordinated pan-national networks? When status and fixedness act as gateway to access, how do we look out for our undocumented or transient community members? How are institutional responsibilities passed down to small and underfunded non-profits?
rosalind hampton is a Montreal-based, interdisciplinary educator currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Urban Teacher Education at the University of Ottawa. rosalind's professional background comprises youth and family social services, various forms of community work, art education and labour organizing. Her teaching and research is geared toward the development of racial and other forms of critical literacy, Black Canadian Studies, visual culture studies, anticolonial pedagogies and social justice education.
Charmaine Lyn leads the Office of Community Engagement at Concordia University and chairs the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. Charmaine was appointed in June 2017 for a five-year mandate as a Member of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. Charmaine previously led admissions, recruitment and equity and diversity initiatives for the Faculties of Law and Medicine at McGill University. As a first-generation university attendee and a lawyer by training, Charmaine has a particular interest in dismantling unnecessary barriers to higher education for under-represented and marginalized populations.
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