may, 2016

31may12:00 pm- 1:30 pmServing people who are non-insured: practical tips & policy change


Event Details

Date: May, 31, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

Session 1 – Working with community health centres. Subsequent sessions will explore working with other types of providers.

Please join us to find out more about how to work with Toronto-area community health centres to serve people who are non-insured, and about the potential for broader policy change.

Presentations from: Access Alliance, Flemingdon CHC, South Riverdale CHC and OHIP for All. Moderated by Wellesley Institute. Please see speaker and moderator bios below.

Event is wheelchair accessible.

Nadjla Banaei is currently working at South Riverdale Community Health Centre as a Client Care Coordinator with the Newcomer and Families Team. She has over 12 years’ experience working within the Community Health Centre Sector. The bulk of her experience has been working with the uninsured community in both Toronto and the London area. She has excellent experience, knowledge and skills supporting individuals experiencing precarious immigration status. She provides advocacy, case management and intake services to support uninsured clients in navigating health and social services. She has a thorough understanding of settlement issues, systemic barriers and the social injustices the uninsured communities face. Nadjla is committed and passionate about the mental health and well-being of her clients, advocating on both a systemic level and providing intensive frontline work to reduce the barriers to health care and create greater access to social services and healthcare.

Steve Barnes is the Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute and chair of the Health Network on Uninsured Clients. He holds a master’s in political science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to joining the Wellesley Institute Steve worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Ontario and has also held positions in the New Zealand public sector.

Dr. Michaela Beder is a psychiatrist at St Michael’s Hospital. She works on the FOCUS ACT team, with people who experience severe mental illness, homelessness and criminalization. She is also the mental health lead for Inner City Health Associates. She has an interest in co-developing and co-teaching medical curriculum alongside people with lived experience. Further interests include advocacy, and the intersections between mental illness and the immigration system.

Sideeka Narayan is the Nurse Manager of the Health with Dignity Program at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Prior to taking this position Sideeka was an Outreach Nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She worked as a community health nurse at Access Alliance serving vulnerable populations including refugees and the undocumented and non-insured. Sideeka received her nursing degree from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and has a Master’s of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health.

Viviane Rutabingwa is the Health Services Administrator at Flemingdon Health Centre. As part of this role, she works closely with the primary care team to ensure that the day to day practices are aligned with our overall goal of ensuring seamless access for all of our clients – despite status. Viviane is responsible for managing the Non-insured budget, working with the Intake team to maintain best standards and policies as it pertains to serving our Non-OHIP clients and working with our non-insured clients directly as well as external providers to ensure overall smooth (as possible) system navigation. She is a part of the Health Network on Uninsured Clients that runs through Wellesley Institute.

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