A Picture of Health

In 2007 a team of photographers went across Canada to document the health care delivery experience of marginalized, remote and vulnerable populations.

Their cameras uncovered the stories of “invisible minorities” – people who have barriers to health care either due to where they live or how they live. They are found on the fringes of civilization. They are living among us in the inner city. They suffer from unseen illness or systemic social barriers. These photo essays give us all an exclusive look into an experience that is very Canadian, but foreign to most of us.

The Frontline Health collection is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Public Health Association. See the first 7 photo essays from the selections below. New stories will be released every month over the next year.

 

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XX Stories of Women in Health Week

Its hard to argue the facts. According to XX in Health,  women represent 73% of medical and health services managers while only 4% of healthcare CEOs are women. I can’t imagine that this doesn’t affect the delivery of care from the professional and institutional providers.

But since we here at Patient Commando are on a mission to amplify the patient perspective, we’re interested in the equation from the other side of the table. And the reality is that 80-90% of health decisions taken for patients are made by women. Women are the primary caregivers and decision makers to sick children, sick spouses, sick siblings, and sick parents. As well as when they’re sick themselves.

We’re declaring this week “XX Stories of Women in Health Week” where we celebrate the critical role of women as caregivers and engaged patients. We’ve searched our collection and come up with a terrific selection by and about dynamic women who are role models to all of us in bringing better care to those in need.

Michele Hepburn

Michele Hepburn, BHSc President, The 3C Foundation of Canada

The 3C Foundation of Canada is a registered Canadian charity devoted to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults living with Crohn’s, colitis and colorectal cancer (the 3Cs). Under Michele’s leadership, The 3C Foundation has grown from start-up in 2009to a dynamic, well-respected, patient-centred organization that supports and delivers programs and services to the 3C community.  The Foundation’s programs and services are directed toward enabling those with any of the 3Cs to be empowered and confident participants in their own disease management.

As a founding Board Member and long-serving President, Michele is renowned for both her personal dedication to the Foundation and her passion for its causes.  She devotes herself to the full-time, volunteer position of President. Her background as a health care professional and Michele’s own personal experience with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) contribute to her comprehensive and compassionate approach in supporting children and adults touched by the 3Cs.  She has attained her Master level training for Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Programand personally facilitates the “IBDealing With It!” self-management program, taking a very hands on approach with patients and their families.

In addition to her role with the 3C Foundation specifically, Michele [...] continue the story

Liz Rice

Liz Rice, B.A.Sc. Enviro-Health Speaker

20 years of having very poor health, made Liz Rice very passionate about encouraging others to invest more in theirs. Liz is an Environmental-Health Speaker specializing in toxicity and the interaction between the environment and human health.

 

The Health Saver

11 years ago Liz experienced a life changing event (video below) which has become the primary focus of her work today.  A co-worker walked past her desk wearing an extreme amount of cologne. In one day her life changed radically – she went from having no sensitivity to fragrances, to being disabled by them!  She was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) – an environmental illness.  To get better, she had to drastically decrease her exposure to the toxins in daily life.  That meant making significant changes at home and at work.

After many years of navigating the toxins in her daily life, and on the urging of friends and colleagues to share her knowledge with others, Liz founded her company Enviro-Health Presentations.  Her goal is to reach people before they suffer from poor health – specifically poor health arising from easily managed environmental factors, such as the chemicals used to make fragrances.

There are so many simple things we can all do to [...] continue the story

Dawn Richards

Dawn Richards

Dawn is a science and patient consultant. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta, and has spent the past 15 years in various roles, as a: bench scientist, project and operations manager, technology transfer and commercialization manager, and business development officer. She has worked in biotech as well as in the not for profit and academic sectors. She is a firm believer in the application of her scientific training and rigour to other professional roles and in her abilities to communicate to multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder (scientific, medical, lay) audiences.

Little did Dawn know that her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis nearly a decade ago would instigate the career journey she is navigating. As a trained scientist and a person living with a chronic illness, she is intertwining her passion for science with what she feels is making the most of her chronic illness diagnosis. As a consultant, she helps clients write and edit grants and manuscripts, translate research findings in to lay language so the public can understand and benefit from outcomes, and understand and incorporate the patient perspective in to projects. Her clients include academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Her scientific training, on the job [...] continue the story