Poverty: Health Hazard for All - Impacts and Solutions with Dr. Gary Bloch

September 23, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.

Free but space is limited so please register at bchealth.eventbrite.ca

Dr. Gary Bloch has a simple cure for the health problems ailing low-income British Columbians: increase their income. That’s the message that Dr. Bloch, a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Committee on Poverty and Health, will bring to Vancouver on September 23rd.

The impacts of poverty on health directly affect 15% of the population of British Columbia, with the poorest 20% having a 60% greater rate of two or more chronic health conditions, when compared to the richest 20%. However, inequality also negatively affects the health of everyone through the breakdown of social cohesion.

Featured on CBC’s The Current and in the Globe and Mail, Dr. Bloch is a strong advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through primary care and political advocacy. Come and hear Dr. Bloch talk about his experiences and ideas for making BC a healthier place for everyone.

This event is the launch of Poverty-Free BC: Speaker Series on Impacts and Solutions, and is sponsored by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, the Public Health Associacion of BC, Community Legal Assistance Society, Raise the Rates, BC Alliance on Mental Health/Illness and Addictions, SFU Centre for Dialogue, REACH Community Health Centre, BC College of Family Physicians, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC, Surrey Board of Trade, First Call: Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Vancouver Coastal Health.