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Committing to Seniors Care: Removing the Profit Motive

Tue, 2020-11-24 12:00


Thank you for joining us for this first webinar in our series focused on Committing to Seniors Care. This particular webinar focused on the impacts of the profit motive on Seniors Care and on how we can ensure that public funding for care is spent directly on care in LTC.

Our three speakers for this webinar were:

  • Dr. Margaret McGregor is a clinical associate professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice. She currently works as a family physician with the Home Visits for Vancouver’s Elders (HomeVive) program in Vancouver, BC She is also a researcher in health services policy where one of her interests has been in healthcare services for seniors. She has published a number of studies on how ownership matters in long term care.
  • Lou Black is the Director of Research and Policy at the Hospital Employees Union in British Columbia. In her role, Lou develops and supports research to advance the working conditions of HEU’s members. Her research has focused on working conditions in health care, long term care service delivery, and the integration of community and labour organizing. Lou also co-chairs the BCHC’s Seniors Working Group. She has been with the HEU for the last fourteen years. The HEU represents members in all areas of the health care system, from hospitals to group homes, and labs to home care. For 75 years, the HEU has advocated for better working and caring conditions, defended public health care delivery, and spoken out against privatization. HEU represents 50 000 healthcare workers across BC.
  • Pat Armstrong held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Pat has published extensively related to long-term care, health care policy, and women’s health. She has been a co-investigator and principal investigator on a large number of grants, primarily focused on seniors care. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she is Principal Investigator on "Reimagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices" and on the CIHR funded "Healthy Aging in Residential Places".

This webinar was gratefully hosted on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

You can download slides from our speakers using the link below as well as view a recording of the webinar.