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Dr. Patricia O’Campo appointed hospital’s first term Chair in Intersectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems

Toronto, May 2, 2014

Dr. Tony Moloney
Dr. Patricia O’Campo

Dr. Patricia O’Campo, director of St. Michael’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, has been appointed as the hospital’s first term Chair in Intersectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems, effective June 1.

The chair, worth $1 million over five years, will go towards supporting her research into developing new ways for governments to work together to address health inequities.

“Many health problems are too complex to be solved by a single government, department or sector,” said Dr. O’Campo. “This chair is going to generate strong evidence on how these different sectors can best work together to reduce the growing health inequalities.”

Her team recently convened 80 experts from more than 40 organizations, including community groups, academics, the private sector and government, to develop a new tool called Urban Heart @ Toronto. The tool measures how well Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods are doing across a variety of policy domains, including economic opportunities, social and human development, civic engagement, physical environment and infrastructure, and population health.

Dr. O’Campo was part of a World Health Organization committee that developed this tool which has been used in more than 50 countries around the globe and cities such as Guarulhos (Brazil), Toronto (Canada), and Bogotá and Medellín (Colombia), to determine its utility in supporting government efforts to improve health equity using the social determinants of health approach.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.