Media alert - CMA Town Hall in Hamilton to Focus on What Makes Canadians Sick

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) will host its second town hall in Hamilton on March 6 as part of its National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation. Launched in Winnipeg on Feb. 4, the series of five public town halls across Canada focuses on the social factors that cause poor health - what are referred to as the social determinants of health.

The goal of these discussions is to look at ways that governments and stakeholders can address the health outcomes related to the social determinants of health and that physicians can better advocate for their patients. The choice of Hamilton for a town hall was inspired by the Hamilton Spectator's Code Red series, which found staggering disparities in the lifespans of people living in different parts of the city.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST
Location: McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College, Hamilton
Panelists: Mark Chamberlain, President and CEO, Trivaris Ltd.
Dr. Dale Guenter, Associate Professor, Department of
Family Medicine, McMaster University
Debbie Sheehan, Senior Nursing Consultant, Simon
Fraser University and former Director of the Family Health
Division, City of Hamilton Public Health Services
Dr. Anna Reid, CMA President
John Geddes, Maclean's Ottawa Bureau Chief
Ken MacQueen, Maclean's Vancouver Bureau Chief, (Moderator)

The discussion will be framed around four questions related to the systemic, societal and individual factors that influence the health of Canadians.

Media interviews with CMA President Dr. Anna Reid can be arranged prior to the town hall by contacting Lucie Boileau at 613-447-0866 or

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association

For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Outreach
Canadian Medical Association |
Telephone: 613-731-8610 / 800-663-7336 ext. 1266 | Cell.: 613-447-0866

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