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Hosted at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, this session discussed the principles of equity, why it is an important dimension of quality, and what we know about it related to health care. It profiled examples of work that is focused on improving access to care in rural and Northern Ontario.

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Featured Speakers:

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull
Jeffrey is Chief, Clinical Quality at HQO. In this role, he provides clinical leadership to support HQO’s quality improvement efforts. Working in partnership with thought leaders and clinicians, Jeffrey works to effect change and improve the quality and safety of care that is delivered on a day-to-day basis across the province. Jeffrey also serves as Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital and as a National Medical Advisor for Correctional Service Canada. He is a dedicated medical educator with a keen interest in poverty and its effect on health and health outcomes. In 2001, he helped establish Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH), which works to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless. He has also been involved in educational and health initiatives in Bangladesh, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2015, Jeffrey was named to the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Stewart Kennedy
Dr. Stewart Kennedy is the Executive Vice President of Medicine and Academics at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He is Past President of the Ontario Medical Association and is a current Board member of the Canadian Medical Association. He continues to practice comprehensive family medicine with active hospital privileges in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He currently is Associate Lead of the Family Health Team Wave 5 – Harbourview Medical Clinic. Within his community, Dr. Kennedy is an Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and has been the recipient of the Community Teacher of the Year award from the Ontario College of Family Practice. He is a past chairperson of the Thunder Bay District Health Council and was the Medical Director of the World Nordic Games in 1995.

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