UTIHP's Resources, Education & Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) committee promotes awareness of health issues faced by marginalized populations. By providing information, education and outreach services, REACH works to both understand and improve the health of vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on Indigenous and Refugee communities.
In the past, REACH has tackled the social determinants of health, such as unemployment, by providing employment seminars to low-income communities as well as new immigrants, with the aim of making these individuals knowledgeable about the job market in Canada, and what it requires to become financially secure in this country. REACH has also regularly assisted with health promotion at Sojourn House (Toronto's largest refugee shelter), Christie Refugee Center, and First Nations School of Toronto by holding seminars on maternal health, nutrition, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and sanitary practices. REACH further promotes discourse around health equity and advocacy on campus through the Lunch and Learn educational sessions where speakers come in and inform students about issues surrounding advocacy for refugee rights.
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