Our vision, our community
Health in the Community (HC), is a community-based program that teaches University of Toronto medical students how the physical, economic and social conditions in which we live can impact health and wellness. The HC program combines academic courses with community field experiences to foster the development of future physicians who are responsive to changing community and societal needs and concerns.
Our students visit agencies that serve the community of Peel.
What better way for students to understand how they can have a real impact as future physicians, than to see first-hand the issues Peel families are facing and how they can be supported through community health iniatives.
Lori Wolter, Executive Director, BridgeWay Family Centre
My [HC] elementary school visit to Edenrose Public School was a novel experience, mingled with a remarkable sense of familiarity, having been born and raised in Mississauga and having attended Edenrose Public School myself. In fact, students next door were being taught by my own third grade teacher in the exact same classroom. We were thrilled to see each other 10 years later. I noticed some changes: for example, students with learning or behavioural disabilities receive 1:1 care by a full-time staff member dedicated to their needs, as opposed to a few rotating staff members. Upon reliving the playground experience, seeing students outside on a hypothermic October day in nothing more than measly t-shirts, I began to act and sound a lot like my mother asking one particular student running around me in circles to wear his sweater. It wasn't too long ago that I was hearing the same words in the same playground. I suppose this change in perspective was the purpose of the placement.
Our Peel home-care partnerships form the cornerstone of the first-year HC program.
Being welcomed into a patient's home and having the opportunity to learn more about their personal experiences with health and the healthcare system was very humbling. Sitting down and listening to how the patient had been admitted into hospital, discharged home, and was now trying to cope made me feel like I had experienced the entire journey with him...and instantly, we all shared a connection.
Marina Abdel Malak 1T9