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Pediatrics

Outreach Services


Outreach Services

The outreach clinics were established in order to meet the needs of under-serviced, high-risk and economically disadvantaged children who face barriers to accessing health care.

The outreach clinics were established in order to meet the needs of under-serviced, high-risk and economically disadvantaged children who face barriers to accessing health care.

The outreach program aims to alleviate such barriers to accessing child and youth medical, developmental and mental health care through providing St. Michael’s outreach pediatric clinics embedded within nearly 10 inner city sites, including public schools, family medicine health teams, EarlyON child and family centres, and homeless shelters.


Covenant House

Covenant House is Canada’s largest shelter for street-involved and homeless youth. Outreach services include the provision of mental health services including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, substance counseling, and trauma counseling.

Team member

Dr. Joey Bonifacio
Dr. Joey Bonifacio

EarlyON Child and Family Centre (Parents for Better Beginnings)

A community preschool centre is a developmental hub for inner city preschool children. It provides on-site developmental consultation for a variety of developmental and behavioural concerns with the opportunity to work closely with an early development team (developmental home visitors, early childhood educators, school readiness staff, drop-in preschool/development program staff, social workers, behavior/infant mental health specialists and child and family advocates). This clinic is a unique model for developmental team care.

Team members

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas Jasmina Pilasanovic
Dr. Ripudaman Minhas Jasmina Pilasanovic - behavioral therapist

Model School-Based Health Clinics

The Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative is an alternative health care delivery model providing health care to children through school based health centres. The program was founded in 2010 to help alleviate health care access barriers and disparities among Toronto’s most vulnerable inner city children. The program now focuses on developmental and mental health care.

There are two SBHCs, one at Sprucecourt Public School and another at Nelson Mandela Park Public School.  Each SBHC serves approximately 20 surrounding inner city schools.

Team members

Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver Dr. Sloane Freeman Dr. Laurie Green Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver Dr. Sloane Freeman - physician lead Dr. Laurie Green Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Dr. Shazeen Suleman Dr. Mathilda van den Heuvel Dr. Anne Wormsbecker Kaviya Praveen
Dr. Shazeen Suleman Dr. Mathilda van den Heuvel Dr. Anne Wormsbecker Kaviya Praveen – medical clinic coordinator, MSPHI Nelson Mandela Park
Jasmina Pilasanovic Mamun Rahman Dorjana Vojvoda
Jasmina Pilasanovic - behavioral therapist Mamun Rahman – medical clinic coordinator, Sprucecourt Public School Dorjana Vojvoda – patient navigator

Referral

All consultations are by referral only. A member of our clinic team will contact the patient within two weeks of receiving a referral.

Robertson House

As a community partner of St. Michael’s Hospital, the goal of the neonatal nurse practitioner role at Robertson House shelter is to break down barriers to health care access for a vulnerable population of women and children in transitional housing. Often families are displaced from their primary caregiver and need referral to St. Michael’s Hospital Family Practice or pregnant mothers may require referral to Obstetrics. At other times, children may need more urgent followup during illness, or if there are developmental or failure to thrive concerns necessitating referral to pediatricians at St. Michael’s Hospital; mainly, Dr. Sloane Freeman.

Team member

Karen Carlyle
Karen Carlyle – neonatal nurse practitioner

St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health

St. Michael's pediatric development team has a partnership with the St. Michael's family medicine team. Developmental pediatricians are embedded within St. Michael's family medicine practices to facilitate developmental pediatric consultation and coordinated care. This is a unique collaborative medical model designed to provide family- and patient-centred care and to alleviate barriers to accessing developmental pediatric care.

Locations

  • 410 Sherbourne Health Centre
  • 80 Bond Health Centre
  • Sumac Creek Health Centre

Team members

Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver Dr. Sloane Freeman Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver Dr. Sloane Freeman - physician lead Dr. Ripudaman Minhas
Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum Dr. Elizabeth Young Dorjana Vojvoda
Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum Dr. Elizabeth Young Dorjana Vojvoda – patient navigator

Yonge Street Mission

Evergreen is the medical services arm affiliated with the Yonge Street Mission and provides onsite medical, mental, dental, and allied health services to street-involved youth. Outreach through St. Michael’s Hospital includes the provision of primary medical care services with a focus on sexual and reproductive health.

Team member

Dr. Joey Bonifacio
Dr. Joey Bonifacio

 

Youthdale Treatment Centre

Youthdale Treatment Centre is a mental health organization by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Youthdale operates three psychiatric units, several group homes in Toronto’s Annex and Aurora, and outpatient mental health programming at Covenant House. Joey Bonifacio is the physician-in-chief of Youthdale Treatment Centre’s and coordinates care between the children placed in care at Youthdale and the pediatric specialists at St. Michael’s Hospital.  

Team member

Dr. Joey Bonifacio
Dr. Joey Bonifacio