Profit and Medicine: How can we resist private interests in our healthcare system?
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.
Our healthcare system is at risk of becoming less public and more private. We are seeing more and more examples of having to pay for certain medical services that used to be free or instances where access to good quality healthcare now comes with a price. This is a result of cuts to the healthcare system, increasing pharmaceutical interests and a failure of health insurance to provide coverage for certain services. This public conversation looks at the impact that privatization is having on our healthcare system, how this shift is affecting our communities and what can be done to resist private interests in our healthcare system.
This conversation is organized in collaboration with the Tiger Lotus Cooperative.
Hirut Melaku is a lactation consultant, reproductive justice advocate and co-founder of the Third Eye Collective, a survivor-led organization for Black women who have experienced gendered violence.The investigative and reporting work that she has done in the last 20 years has been used by many, including the United Nations, to determine humanitarian aid, and interventions in the area of mental health. She contributes to repairing the world as a healer, nurturer, and as a speaker of truth.
Rose Ngo Ndjel is actively invested in mobilization and community action. Originally from Cameroon and in Quebec since 2000, she is the coordinator of Afrique au Féminin, the Parc-Extension women's center. Her commitment to women's empowerment is put into practice through actions that strenghten their well-being and capacity for action. She is a member of many working groups that support women's empowerment and is a Board members of organisations including: La Maison de la Coopération du Montréal Métropolitain, Micro-Recycle Corporation, l’Alliance des Communautés Culturelles pour l'Égalité dans la Santé et les Services Sociaux and La Table de Quartier de Parc-Extension. She holds a Bachelor's degreen in accounting from HEC Montréal.
Sonia Osorio has a Master's level training in homeopathic medicine (DHom) and is a Naturopath (ND), registered massage therapist (RMT), and certified yoga instructor (CYT) with 20 years experience in these fields. Sonia has completed several advanced teacher-trainings in Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, studying with senior teachers in these traditions. She has also studied mindfulness practices. For several years, Sonia worked as a writer and editor in medical and health care publishing, and she has also helped develop and facilitate teaching curricula for various mind-body training programs. Her approach is both practical and experiential.
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 centred around reproductive health, and Brique par brique, 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)