THE HEALER

Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY MAR­I­LYN EMERY CEO OF WOMEN’S COL­LEGE HOS­PI­TAL

At Women’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, we are driven by a deep com­mit­ment to clos­ing the health gaps that ex­ist within our health sys­tem. Dr. Danielle Martin has been in­te­gral to that work. Her pas­sion for jus­tice and eq­uity in health care is in­fec­tious. As one of our fam­ily physi­cians, a na­tion­ally sought-af­ter health pol­icy ex­pert and an ex­ec­u­tive on our lead­er­ship team, she has a unique view. She sees the chal­lenges that her pa­tients face on the ground level, and she works to de­sign and im­ple­ment so­lu­tions to those prob­lems.

We weren’t sur­prised when Sen­a­tor San­ders in­vited her to Washington to speak about Canada when they launched “Medi­care for All” this fall. Dr. Martin’s work in the U.S. has been fo­cused on myth bust­ing, set­ting the record straight and ed­u­cat­ing Amer­i­cans on why there is so much sup­port for Canada’s pub­licly funded health sys­tem. But she is also quick to talk about the ap­proaches we are tak­ing — and need to take — to ad­dress our chal­lenges.

Her book, Bet­ter Now: 6 Big Ideas to Im­prove Health Care for All Cana­di­ans, is about the work that re­mains to be done. It was an in­stant best­seller, and she is fre­quently in­vited to give talks all over the coun­try about her vi­sion for im­prov­ing health care.

In the hos­pi­tal sec­tor, we of­ten talk about pa­tient en­gage­ment, which is re­ally im­por­tant. But Dr. Martin has taken it a step fur­ther with her com­mit­ment to pub­lic en­gage­ment, ap­peal­ing to peo­ple not as pa­tients, but as cit­i­zens. She is build­ing that sup­port both in­side and out­side the walls of our hos­pi­tal. We need that pub­lic di­a­logue to take place, and Dr. Martin is help­ing to lead it.

Dr. Martin worked at Sun­ny­brook Hos­pi­tal

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