Anh Cao on Homelessness - Health and Human Rights Conference 2017

Missed out on our Health and Human Rights Conference? Watch Anh Cao, a top graduate of the University of Toronto, speak on his own experiences with homelessness. Anh, a foreign student from Vietnam, had a long and bumpy road to the top, but it was journey that many will never forget. With plummeting and unaffordable international fees, Anh was left with no choice but to live in a youth homeless shelter in order to complete his education. Despite his living circumstances, he was the top graduate from Canada’s largest university. He is currently doing a Masters degree in immunology with Dr. Treaner.

What is a Good Death? A Facilitated Discussion on Palliative Care

The demand for palliative care has been on the rise over the past decade. As one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare sector, palliative care aims to provide the best quality of life for patients facing terminal illness and their families until the end of life. But what does it mean for a physician to “make dying more comfortable”? When is the appropriate time to die? In paternalistic cases, what gives medicine moral authority over the autonomy of patients or their loved ones? Despite the many merits to the current state of palliative care, the field raises many ethical, medical, and sociological issues, particularly in cases of euthanasia, or assisted dying. This event was hosted

From Executive Decision-Makers to Facilitators

As first-time co-chairs for Global Health Engage (GHE) – a subsidiary of the U of T International Health Program (UTIHP) – Derek and I were presented with a new yet exciting challenge to put our twist on global health and civic engagement. Even before becoming leaders together, we were good friends and shared similar critical perspectives on the interplay between paradigms of health. Consequently, we both developed a similar mission for GHE this year: to frame health not as a discipline in itself, but rather a lens through which to view other disciplines. As we figured this is a rather broad, macro-perspective, we recruited skilled and like-minded students to help us turn such ideas and conc

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