Access to Care: Is healthcare a right or a privilege?
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.
Even though we live in a country where everyone has free access to healthcare, many people do not feel comfortable navigating the healthcare system. What are some of the barriers to access to healthcare and what can be done to overcome those barriers? What are the experiences of vulnerable populations within the healthcare system? This public conversation looks at the extent to which physical, economic and cultural barriers prevent healthcare access to many who need care.
Anne-Marie Bellemare studied political science, followed by international development and cooperation, and finally social work. She has combined her passions in order to focus on welcoming, accompanying and defending the rights of refugee seekers and newcomers, as well as persons living in precarious transitions. She has previously worked at the former Refuge Juan Moreno, the Centre de détention d'immigration Canada, and over the past 12 years at la Maison bleue. Throughout her work history, she has advocated for increased healthcare access for all, a basic human rights. She does not hesitate to denounce the current social context which compromises many of us.
Adina Ungureanu is a sociologist by training and holds a diploma in social work. She has worked in community organizing for nearly twenty years, including, for the past fifteen years with the Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l’égalité dans la santé et les services sociaux. She is responsible for various programs that promote health care access for newcomers.
Gytana The NuNu Specialist is a certified life coach, womb priestess, energy healer, magnetism therapist, doula, hatha/Womb Yoga teacher and a motivational speaker. She teaches the value of tuning in and connecting with you, how to recognize the past traumas and how to heal from them. Her desire to teach and bring healing to the communities continuously evolves, as she works with women from all backgrounds and believes that healing in its various forms should be accessible to all. Her mission is to bring guidance and awareness to people around the world by sharing ancestral wisdom, rites of passage and healing tools for a healthier lifestyle. She is a firm believer that by gathering to heal ourselves, we will heal the next generation and live a legacy!
Leonora Gangadeen-King is a PhD candidate in Psychiatry at McGill University where her research focus is maternal health and resilient outcomes in children. She believes that by supporting mothers and their families, we can offset health problems in children and build stronger societies. She is an active member of two cooperatives: Tiger Lotus Coop (TLC) a wellness project centered around reproductive health and Brick by Brick, a community-housing project in Parc-Ex. As a community organizer, she facilitates educational workshops and acts as a liaison between various organizations, partners and networks – with the intention of building community.
Accessibility: The William Hingston Center is equipped with an access ramp on the western side of the building. It is then possible to reach the basement by the elevator. A meal will be served and there will be childcare. Please get in touch if you would like to use the childcare services.
Centre William-Hingston, 419 Rue Saint-Roch (SS-20)