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CRICH becomes the Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Toronto, July 4, 2016

A message from Dr. Stephen Hwang, director of the Centre for Urban Health Solutions of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Dr. Stephen Hwang, director, Centre for Urban Health Solutions
Dr. Stephen Hwang, director, Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Logo for the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital

In June, St. Michael’s Hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, or CRICH, was renamed the Centre for Urban Health Solutions.  The centre remains a world research leader committed to advancing the health of people who are marginalized and disadvantaged. 

The change from “inner city health” to “urban health” reflects the fact that poverty increasingly affects people living across our cities, not only those people in the downtown cores. Our new name is also in harmony with St. Michael’s Hospital’s vision of “world leadership in urban health.” 

Adding “solutions” to our name emphasizes our conviction that we can and must act to address health inequities, and puts a heightened focus on our centre’s work to develop, evaluate, and scale up programs and policies that will improve people’s lives.

Examples of the centre’s new solutions-oriented research projects that are underway include an intervention to provide access to essential prescription medications for patients who cannot afford them, and an interactive training program for health-care providers to reduce bias and improve cultural safety in the care of Indigenous people.  

The centre is working closely with the hospital’s clinical programs to enhance connections between research and patient care. In collaboration with our community and other partners, we are increasing our collective impact on the local and national level.

To help reach our goal, the Centre for Urban Health Solutions has grown over the past year to include additional scientists and research staff from St. Michael’s Hospital, providing a wider range of expertise. This growth has deepened the centre’s capacity in areas such as primary care interventions for addressing the social determinants of health, preventing HIV infection and improving care for people living with HIV, and workplace health and precarious work. 

Please stay tuned for a new website in Fall 2016. Until then, contact CentreList@smh.ca to be added to the centre’s mailing list or follow us on Twitter: @C_UHS_StMikes.

This is an exciting time for the Centre for Urban Health Solutions. I’m looking forward to working together with stakeholders as we seek and implement creative solutions that will help us foster a fair society where everyone can thrive.

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.