Community partners gathered today to launch the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI), a new organization focused on studying the effects of inequality and discrimination to improve health policy and services in London and surrounding area.
CRHESI is a joint initiative of community and academic partners led by Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and the London InterCommunity Health Centre, bringing together multiple community organizations and university faculties.
“Questions of health equity and social inclusion cut across many disciplines and service areas, impacting the wellbeing of Londoners in real and direct ways,” says Helene Berman, Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western, and CRHESI Co-director. “This partnership allows us to study these issues from a multitude of perspectives and areas of expertise with an end goal of improving the health and well-being of people in our community.”
The Centre views health equity as the absence of unfair and avoidable differences in health services and outcomes among groups of people. It frames social inclusion as a process of removing barriers, so that all members of a society can participate effectively in diverse spheres of public life.
“CRHESI is going to make a difference in our community,” says Dr. Christopher Mackie, Medical Officer of Health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, “with its strong, clear vision for community-inspired research.”
The Middlesex-London Health Unit, one of CRHESI’s members, is providing a temporary office. CRHESI membership is open to health-system workers and advocates, members of the community, and academic researchers who have an interest in health equity.
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