For 20 years Dr. Jeff Turnbull has been a tireless advocate for Ottawa’s homeless citizens and their right to quality medical care. He was one of the founder of Ottawa Inner City Health. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Canada and in August, 2010 he was elected President of the Canadian Medical Association.
“If you really want to advocate for health, you have to start to make fundamental changes in the way society is structured and you have to deal with issues of poverty.”
“Poverty is the greatest predictor of health.” – Homelessness Forum, November 2009
“I have devoted the last two decades of my career dealing with the health inequities experienced by Canada’s most vulnerable. Those of us who have worked in these settings are not convinced that there exists in this country a genuine commitment to equality and social justice, ” he said. “We have arrived at a time when health care can no longer be considered a series of independent and isolated components. It is a system that must be integrated, often regionally managed, and held accountable for the public’s health”
– CMA convention, Inaugural address August 2010
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